The New Girl actress -- who attended high school with Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson -- says not much changed during her freshman year at Northwestern University.
"I went to Northwestern because I had gone to a really nontraditional high school. I was like, 'It'd be cool to have a traditional college experience,'" Deschanel, 32, explains. "Then I was like, 'Oh, but none of these people understand what's cool about me. My specialness is not appreciated in this place.'"
"'It Girl' is supposed to be something that only lasts a certain amount of time," Deschanel says. "They keep calling me an 'It Girl,' and at this point it makes me laugh, because I've done that so many times: 'You're it;' 'You're not it.' What is 'it?'"