As it happens, she was really bored at Wes and wanted to get out ASAP, having actually discovered her skills at Howard University:
Anyone can Google Santogold and discover her love of punk rock, read up on her former career as an A&R rep for Sony, and see pictures of her pro snowboarder boyfriend Trouble Andrew. However, her whole college experience gets a measly one sentence on her Wikipedia page: “… Went to college at Wesleyan University, where she studied Caribbean and West African drumming.” Accordingly, The Daily Texan was obliged to get the dish on what White was into back in her underage days.
“I had no idea I would be doing this today. I thought I wanted to own a record label,” White said via phone call from Los Angeles. “To do that, I thought I should study music and business. But Wesleyan is a small liberal arts school and they didn’t have a business program. So to my young teenaged mind, it made sense to instead major in Economics, which was so wrong for me. I hate calculus!”
White then became a visual arts major, concentrating on painting for a year and a half. But before long, the rural setting became a drag on the Philly native. “My college was in the middle of nowhere,” White said. “And at that time, I would get bored with something really quickly. I’m actually still like this.” White signed up for a semester exchange at Howard University, where she said she finally came to self-identify as an artist.
…After a semester in the relatively big city, White was determined to finish up at Wesleyan as soon as possible. “I went back, and it wasn’t any fun,” White said. White immediately took up a music major and continued experimenting with the ideas she had dabbled in during her semester at Howard.
At the end of her junior year, White took off. “That summer I moved to New York,” White said. “I started working at Sony full-time, and then in the fall, I continued working there, commuting from the city back to the college every week. I would drive up, go to classes, and come home again.” In spite of the breakneck schedule, White graduated from Wesleyan with a double major in three and a half years.
Props on having that kind of drive, but damn, Howard University was more inspiring than Wesleyan? FYI, the album is out today.
Full article: Santogold recollects Wesleyan experience, debuts self-titled CD
Thanks uh, john wesley, for the Shoutbox tip.