Quotes from Taylor Swift’s NYU 2022 kickoff speech include great advice

At this point, almost everyone knows that Taylor Swift is a cultural icon: she’s a Grammy-winning entertainer, prolific singer-songwriter, producer, director, and now…doctor? On May 18, Swift donned a purple cap and gown to accept her honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University and to deliver a commencement address to the university’s class of 2022. Taylor Swift’s NYU commencement speech was squealing in the best it could be, and it includes healthy life advice on self-love — no matter how embarrassing you think that is.

Although Swift is one of the most celebrated artists in the music industry, she’s certainly had her fair share of cringe-worthy moments, and she’s not shy about reminiscing about them. “I promise you, you’re probably doing or wearing something right now that you’ll come back to later that you find revolting and hilarious,” Swift said during her May 18 speech. “I had a phase where, for the whole of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife.”

Although she’s poking fun at herself, Swift emphasized how feeling embarrassed is overrated, and that doing what you want (even if it’s not very ‘cool’) is more important in the long run. . “Learn to live with grimacing. No matter how hard you try to avoid grinding your teeth, you will look back on your life and grind your teeth in retrospect. Grinding your teeth is inevitable over the course of a lifetime. Wow, I wish someone had been there to give me that kind of advice when I was 13.

Swift also came for the neck when she called out the “false stigma around our culture’s eagerness for ‘reckless ambivalence'” — which is a very fancy way of saying, the culture of ‘cool.’ Let’s face it: almost everyone has been in a situation where they’re afraid to try too hard, or afraid to dabble in something they love for fear of looking like a nerd. However, Swift encourages you to embrace your inner monster. This culture of ‘cool’, she says, ‘perpetuates the idea that ‘wanting it’ isn’t cool. That people who don’t put in the effort are inherently more chic than those who do,” Swift said.

“Listen to me when I say this: never be ashamed to try. Ease is a myth,” she added. “I’m a big advocate for not hiding your enthusiasm for things.” So according to Swift, it’s A-OK to shout-sing ‘Love Story’ loudly at your friend’s house party, as long as you have a good time.