I Ended Up Spending The Day At Taylor Swift's House, And It's The Best Thing To Happen To Me

I Ended Up Spending The Day At Taylor Swift's House, And It's The Best Thing To Happen To Me

We will be remembered.

On October 19th, 2017, I stepped foot into Taylor Swift’s house in Westerly, Rhode Island. As a fan of over eight years, you could only imagine how exciting and life changing this experience was for me. Taylor hand-picked me and around 60 other fans through social media to spend a day at her home and listen to her new album “Reputation” before it was released. We all met at an exclusive location near her home where we were escorted by drivers up the snake-like hill to her home. I had brought my boyfriend of over a year Andrew, who was completely out of his element surrounded by hyperventilating girls as we pulled up to her house.

Once inside, we were all in utter shock, we were inside of Taylor’s house! She had a delicious layout of food, including customized sweets to snack on. While snacking, I strolled through her magnificent home, personalized with family photos and even a picture of her and Ed Sheeran holding their cats. First her father, Scott came out with plenty of "Reputation" guitar picks in hand, which I shyly asked for. Once I finished speaking to him, Andrew came over asking him to put on the NBA game.

Soon enough a frazzled Scott was kindly trying to put on the game while we all laughed. Scott was so genuinely kind and smart, speaking with my boyfriend and me about college, sports and business. After speaking with Scott, Taylor’s mom, Andrea, also came downstairs to greet us. She was very warm and personable, reminiscing with us about their times on the Christmas tree farm. We also got to briefly speak to Austin, Taylor’s younger brother.

After speaking with her family, we were brought into Taylor’s living room where we plopped down on pillows that covered the floor. In front of us was a large chair where we assumed Taylor would sit. The anticipation slowly killed us all, as we belted out the beginning of “Fearless”. Then Taylor walked out. She looked beautiful with her signature cascading curls and crimson red lipstick. Cheerfully, she spoke to us about the past few years and explained the meaning behind every song on her new album. She also streamed the first 30 seconds of the “Ready for It” music video, which was still in its beginning stages.

Later, after we listened to the whole album, we scurried into her extended living room to read her newly exclusive magazines. Although the magazines were amazing, I was instantly drawn to her exquisite grand piano. Also, over there laid Taylor’s scrapbook from her 2013 4th of July party. Then to our surprise, Taylor made her way over to the piano.

With pounding hearts, we all stood in awe as she started playing “All Too Well.” For me, this was my favorite song by Taylor. I could play it by heart on all six of my instruments, sung it for my 9th-grade art show, and even cried my eyes out when watching her perform it live at the 2014 Grammys. Now here I was standing right over Taylor as she played the masterpiece I could have only dreamt of her playing that night.

Once she finished we were all in a puddle of tears. She then got up with her arms out wide exclaiming,” HEY Allie!” I thought I was going to faint. The only words that I could utter out were “I love you so much” before I went to hug her. Then as I went to introduce my boyfriend she shook her head explaining,” Oh I know all about you guys! I saw the video on your Instagram where you were like oh yeah I love him yeah I said it” she said sarcastically. Wow, she stalked my personal Instagram?

Confused I asked, "Wait, that’s on my personal Instagram?” “Yeah,” she bashfully smirked as she went to speak to other exhilarated fans. I couldn’t believe it, not only did she know my name but she had stalked my personal social media! As we all lined up for photos with her, Scott explained to Andrew and I that he was upset no one used his beach chair props, so we promised him we would use them for our pictures.

When first speaking to Taylor, I nervously rattled off my whole life story and how much she meant to me. Taylor was very attentive holding onto my every word. She even babbled on about how much she loved Andrew and me as a couple, recalling her favorite photos of us. Funny enough, talking to Taylor became easier as the time went on. High fiving over my accomplishments in school and our shared love for combat boots and thigh highs felt just so effortlessly easy.

Then it was time to take photos. She held up two Grammys from her bookshelf casually, asking which one I wanted to hold for the pictures. I picked the 1989 Album of the Year Grammy, making sure to tell her how wonderful her acceptance speech was for it. We first sat down on the beach chairs posing like we were in a high-end music video.

Then she and I did a cute hugging photo like we were best friends. Finally, she got to my boyfriend who is quite popular and outgoing. She got a bit nervous asking what his friends think is cool for poses, soon enough they settled on her fangirling over him.

After hugging her goodbye and grabbing our REP bags on the way out her front door, it was time to go. Getting into the car and staring at her beautifully lit house that night, I knew I made the right decision to turn to her and her music all those years ago.

As I had always said, Taylor was the big sister I never had. She forms such a bond with her fans and this experience was proof that Taylor is one of the most heartfelt and genuine artists of our time.

Cover Image Credit: Allison Gass

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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