Ten Underrated Taylor Swift Songs

Ten Underrated Taylor Swift Songs 

Old Taylor, New Taylor, Same Lyrical Genius 


This is one of Taylor’s masterpieces of the 1989 genre. I’ve been obsessed with this song recently– and by obsessed, I mean listening to it on repeat for like a week straight. I appreciate the hints of Alice in Wonderland themes in this song– which served as an inspiration. I love this song mostly because of the story it tells. Two people who just get so caught up in one another that they forget about their reality– which I think is something we all want to experience someday. Sidenote: Taylor sings of green eyes in this song, just like every other song... girl needs to send out a PSA of how she meets so many boys with green eyes.


I love this song so much because I can imagine the entire song playing out in my head like a movie. Who wouldn’t want to dance in the rain with someone they like? Cheesy as hell, but you know if someone you liked wanted to do it, you would. Also, we all have hopes of getting so caught up in someone that we don’t remember to keep our guard up to fight the emotions and feelings that we may typically use as defense mechanisms. We just want to let them in because it feels natural to do so. 

New Year's Day

If you miss the old Taylor, this reputation song will be nostalgic for you. I appreciate this song for its simplicity. I interpret it as about enjoying love while you have it– whether it be unconditional, romantic, passionate, friendly, or of kin. It’s an expression of gratitude you have for a person’s presence and place in your life. We all have those people in our lives that will hold a special spot in our hearts. We don’t want to grow apart from them, and this song kind of speaks to that, in my opinion.   

You Are In Love 

This song will make you want to fall and be in love, I guarantee it. Taylor wrote this song after asking her friend, Lena Dunham, who at the time was in a long relationship with Jack Antanoff, the other mastermind behind 1989 and reputation, what it was like to fall in love. Taylor proceeded by writing a lyrical story filling in the blanks of those emotions and events Lena expressed. I think this song is simply a masterpiece. I sure as hell want to be in love someday like how this song portrays it.  

Call It Want You Want 

This song is not the new Taylor, but not the old Taylor. This song hits me because it’s about someone who wants to be with you through it all: the good, the bad, understands your past, and will be by your side in the future. This song just makes me happy for Taylor. It’s clearly about her new boyfriend, just like almost every song on this album. 


In middle school this song was on repeat and I would cry every time I listened to it, I don’t know why I thought I could relate to this song, BUT it hit me hard.  This song will hit you hard if you’ve ever liked someone that didn’t like you back– which I think has happened to everyone at least once– even if it’s just crushing on a celebrity, the emotions can still be real. This song will also hit you hard if you have ever found yourself comparing yourself to someone you thought was more attractive, funny, sociable, ect., it’s a matter of not feeling good enough compared to someone else– especially if that someone else is someone your crush likes over you.  


I am so moved by this song and the emotions behind it. There is something so powerful and painful behind Taylor’s voice whenever she performs it­­– and I’ve watched dozens of different performances of Haunted, there was power and pain each time. This song is literally haunting. It taunts the listener with the scenario of liking someone that you thought you knew and cared about you, but they changed their mind and left you behind. You can never completely recover or move on from something like that, at least not right away– it literally haunts you for awhile.

The Moment I Knew 

THIS SONG BREAKS MY HEART EVERY DAMN TIME. This song will hit you hard if you’ve ever been let down by someone you like. You get dressed up knowing you are going to see them, because they said you would; but plans change, and they end up not showing up. If you’ve ever experienced a situation like that, you will understand how much it hurts. This song portrays a situation like that perfectly– too relatable.

Begin Again 

I vibe with this song because it’s not about heart break or heart ache, it’s about getting excited about getting excited about someone new. This song just serves as hope for the relationship I hope we are all lucky to have someday. All the things your past person may not have liked about you, someone will love someday. I also enjoy the lines “I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny, cause he never did”, and by enjoy I mean the lyrics break my heart. We all deserve someone who will laugh at our jokes and be silly with us, even if they must pretend.  

The Last Time

This song’s concept is simple in my interpretation: someone just wants to be put first. Many people I’m sure have been in a situation where they are cool and accepting with being second or third in someone’s priorities because life happens.  Whatever may be going on in your interest’s life whether it be work, friends, school, whatever it may be, you just won't be put first. It can be painful, humiliating, and stressful, especially if it happens all the time. This song captures a situation where you realize enough is enough– no apologies, excuses, or promises can be enough to fix the damage. This song is a reminder to remember your worth with someone.  




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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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