Scotty McCreery on Balancing Career, College: ‘This Window of Opportunity is Only Here Once’

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Scotty McCreery on Balancing Career, College: ‘This Window of Opportunity is Only Here Once’

After winning “American Idol” in 2011, Scotty McCreery went on to record a platinum-selling album, a Christmas album, win an ACA, an ACM and a CMT Award and tour with Country superstar Brad Paisley. Among his accomplishments, McCreery also graduated from high school and was accepted to attend North Carolina State University.

As McCreery begins his second semester as a Communications major at NC State, he’s also preparing for his first headlining tour, aptly titled “The Weekend Roadtrip Tour.” While it sounds like a tough job to balance a career in Country music and college life, McCreery says he’s prepared to do it.

“This window of opportunity is only here once,” he tells Forbes. “Once it’s gone, it’s gone. So I wanted to make sure I got this experience [of touring] and got the chance to go to college. It’s not really for me, personally, about learning all the chemistry formulas or anything like that. I don’t really need that. But it’s more about the experience and becoming a lifelong learner.”

The “Water Tower Town” singer also points out that “a lot of the guys that I look up to” – like Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks – also attended college and also have successful careers in Country music.

While music is the first thing on the 19-year-old’s mind, he is open to dabbling in other fields like the restaurant business. He wouldn’t be the first Country artist to do so – Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith are already in the game.

“I’ll tell you what, we could open up restaurants like that or something,” says McCreery. “I don’t know if it’d be a bar and grill, but it’d be something cool. Or maybe something sports-minded … we’ll see, down the road. If something comes up, we’ll jump at it.”

On top of everything, Scotty is also back in the studio working on the follow up to his Clear As Day album. According to reports, fans should expect his sophomore album some time this year.