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As if Taylor Swift’s multi-hyphenation skills couldn’t get any stronger, today she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from New York University, giving her all the powers of a Tisch student (her power relates primarily to Tisch). As the honoree, Swift donned one of those fluffy little Henry VIII berets and a purple robe and addressed a stadium full of NYU grads. In a 2.3 length speech “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”, Swift thanked her family for their support and told the graduates, “Welcome to New York. It’s been waiting for you.” Swift then joked about those kinds of PhDs, saying she’s “not the kind of doctor you’d want in an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you needed it urgently.” had to hear a song with a catchy hook line and an intense cathartic bridge section. Or if your emergency was that you needed someone who could name over 50 cat breeds in a minute.” Unfortunately, Swift didn’t spend the rest of the speech making amends by just listing cats.
The crux of the matter came as Swift offered her “officially requested” advice to the crowd of new grads. A lot of it was well articulated paradigms: learn to let things go, find life’s simple pleasures, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Best advice of all is, “Learn to live alongside the creeps.” “No matter how hard you try not to flinch, you’re going to look back on your life and cringe looking back,” she advised. “Cringe is inevitable throughout life. Even the term wince might be considered flinching one day.” As an example of how to live with the squirm, Swift recalled her aesthetic days as a tradwife: “I went through a period of 2012 where I was looking like a housewife dressed in the 1950s. But, you know what? i had fun Trends and phases are fun. Looking back and laughing is fun.”
Do you think she practiced the speech with Joe Alwyn? Do you think he took notes? Do you think he laughed at the line “Being fired from the internet and almost losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of all types of wine”? Because that Tayla Swiff jumped out.
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