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Amanda Bynes now officially a student, doing well but wants more social life

Amanda Bynes has returned to school, attending her first classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Tuesday at the school's Orange County campus. Amanda, 27, is said to be doing much better since being released from a psychiatric facility, according to E! News on Jan. 14. But sources say Bynes is also frustrated that her parents are keeping a short leash on her social life.

Amanda Bynes pictured Dec. 29, 2013 after her release earlier in the month from a psychiatric hospital.
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"She was very nice, friendly and chatting with her classmates," a source said of Amanda's first day of school. Supposedly she's also switched up her original plans to major in fashion design.

Bynes has now decided to pursue merchandise product development. The "Easy A" actress is enrolled part-time for the winter session. Quietly dressed, she was spotted touring the FIDM O.C. campus back in December.

Amanda has been spending a lot of time with her parents since being released from her psychiatric treatment early in December. At the time, Bynes attorney said the actress was, "doing very well and reestablishing a close and loving relationship with her family".

Since her release, Bynes has been seen out and about on shopping trips with her mother and father. The family even took a trip to Disneyland last month.

But sources tell that Amanda is frustrated her parents won't let her come and go as she wants. Her mother was granted a conservatorship over her and now the former Nickelodeon star wants to start spreading her wings.

Bynes wants to hang out with her friends and go out and do normal things like go to dinner and the movies, a source told Radar. However she's telling friends that her parents won't let her out of the house yet for anything other than school and scheduled appointments.

Of course as is typical with addiction cases, Amanda was advised to cut ties to all of the former bad influences in her life after leaving rehab. She has made a concerted effort to find new friends, but being told no by her parents has been difficult for her.

"Amanda is really taking her recovery seriously, but having her parents tell her no when she just wants to go see friends is frustrating for her. She has been saying that she's trying to get her life back but it isn’t happening as fast as she would like", the source said.

After all Amanda went through over the last two years though, it's probably wise for her parents to be guarded over her until she's more fully recovered.

What do you think, are her parents doing the right thing?

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