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American music icon, Taylor Swift bags PhD award from New York University

American Star Singer, Taylor Swift has been awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa) by the New York University, USA and will henceforth go by the title Dr. Taylor Swift.

Dr. Taylor Swift, an 11-time Grammy Award winner delivered the New York University’s 2022 commencement address where she told graduates that her accolades are a result of the moments of rejection.

“The times I was told ‘no’ or wasn’t included, wasn’t chosen, didn’t win, didn’t make the cut – looking back, it really feels like those moments were as important, if not more crucial, than the moments I was told ‘yes,’” Swift said in her speech.

The 32-year-old singer who started her outstanding music career at the age of 15 explained that being the youngest person in every room in the music industry subjected her to several warnings from older members of the industry, the media, interviewers, and executives.

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And as such, she was always extra careful to avoid mistakes but after becoming a young adult, she understood that mistakes are natural and led to the best things in her life.

“Having the world treat my love life like a spectator sport in which I lose every single game was not a great way to date in my teens and 20s, but it taught me to protect my private life fiercely,” she shared.

Growing up, Dr. Taylor Swift benefitted from the support of her parent, mentors right from kindergarten to her time at Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School in Pennsylvania up till the moment she moved to Tennessee, USA to pursue her music career fully.

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Dr. Taylor Swift emphasised to the graduates of New York University that dismissal moments are very important, recalling that as a kid she’d internally simmer after not getting invited to sleepovers.

However, working on her music and herself – instead of dwelling on being told “no” – paid off.

“You will inevitably misspeak, trust the wrong person, underreact, overreact, hurt the people who didn’t deserve it.

“[You will] let the guilt eat at you until you hit rock bottom, finally address the pain you caused, try to do better next time, rinse, repeat.”

“Navigating those missteps and rejection, can prepare you to “chart your own path,” Dr. Swift said.

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