“Learn to Live Alongside Cringe”: Taylor Swift Takes a Victory Lap at NYU’s Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the class of 2022 — and Taylor Swift, who delivered the opening remarks at New York University’s graduation Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. It’s fitting that a pop icon has done so much for New York, No. 22, the music education and academic fields of those who read near the album should add NYU’s honorary doctor of fine arts to the list of awards. her reward.

“I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called ’22’,” Swift joked on the podium before going into serious mode. Each of us is a patchwork blanket of those who have loved us, who have believed in our future, who have shown us empathy and be kind, or tell us the truth even when it’s not easy to hear. People who have told us we can do it with absolutely no proof of it. Someone read stories for us. you listened and taught you to dream and gave you some moral code of right and wrong for you to try to live by.Someone tried their best to explain every concept in this crazy complicated world to this kid. children are you when you ask a million questions, like ‘How does the Moon work?’ and “Why can we eat salad without eating grass?”

“If they are at this stadium, I hope you find your own way to express gratitude for all the steps and mistakes that have brought us to this common destination,” continued Swift. . “I know that words must be my thing, but I will never be able to find the words to thank my mom and dad, my brother, Austin, for the sacrifices they make every day so that I can go from singing in a coffee shop to standing here with all of you today, because words are never enough.

“I never had to have a normal college experience. I attended public high school until 10th grade and then completed my studies and worked from home on the floors of the airport terminal. Then I went to visit the radio, it sounded so flashy, but in reality it only had rental cars, motels, me and my mom pretended to have a loud argument while boarding so there was no Who. wanted an empty seat between us in the Southwest. As a kid, I always thought I would go to college, imagining the posters I would hang on the wall of my freshman dorm. I even put an end to my music video for the song ‘Love Story’ at my imaginary university where I met a male model reading a book on the grass and with just one glance , we realized we were in love in a past life, that’s exactly what all of you have been through at some point in the past four years, right? ”

While I’m just really disappointed that Swift – who usually doesn’t waste a beautiful moment of competition – didn’t pull a few strings to color-match all of her students’ hats and gowns for a reveal album (1989 recorded when?!), it was amazing, in a relatively social way, to see the 32-year-old, in a cape and deep red lips, check out another major milestone on the list and announced, with a self-…smiling consciously, “Welcome to New York, it’s waiting for you.”

As far as life advice goes, Swift offers three principles to bright-eyed NYU graduates, encouraging them to “decide what’s yours to hold on to, and let the rest pass. ” to “learn to live in parallel” and “never be ashamed of trying — effort is a myth. ” (“The least wanted are the people I wanted to date and be friends with in high school. The people who wanted it most are the people I currently hire to work for my company.”)

“I was a teenager at a time when our society was completely obsessed with the idea of ​​having the perfect young female role model,” Swift eventually added. “It all boils down to the idea that failure is failure, and ultimately loss of any chance of a happy or rewarding life. This is not my experience. My experience is that my mistakes have led to the greatest things in my life… Being canceled on the internet and nearly losing my career has given me an amazing knowledge of all types of wine. . ”

If only high school freshman Taylor could see her right now! Good for the graduating class for earning a degree in the midst of a global pandemic and good for you, Dr. Swift. We are expecting great things from you.

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Sarah Ridley

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