I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

Did you think I would ever let this one go? Well if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.

Did you think I'd ever let this one go? Well, if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.

Flashback to September 11, 2015, when I met one of the most influential people in my life. No, it wasn't my mom...that was when I was born 18 years ago, and she still sits pretty at number one; But if you're guessing who ranks in at number two, I'm sure, if you know me well enough, that you can take a pretty wild guess.

Although I remember the night almost perfectly and wish I could share it with the world, my better judgment tells me to save the details and cut to the chase.

On September 11, 2015, by some God forsaken miracle, I met Taylor Swift (!!!) with one of my very best friends, Elijah. Though Elijah and I aren't as close as we used to be anymore, I will forever cherish that memory I shared with him for the rest of my life.

A year and some months later, still shocked that it happened, I reflect on that period of time in my life and, refraining my excitement, I'd like to share with you all as to why it was so special to me and why it always will be.

So, if you could care less about Taylor Swift, or my experience meeting her, then that's perfectly okay and you can exit right out of this tab immediately, but if some ounce of you likes to read stories of joy and content, then feel free to continue on.

In the midst of 2009 during my crazed Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana days (don't tell me you all don't remember this because, of course, you do. I had the HM backpack and the jean skirt with the HM matching shirt...you remember), my computer savvy self got to work on finding the latest Miley Cyrus performance. Yes, I was that girl who spent hours on end searching for new music or performances with the small hope that there'd be one. I didn't pay attention to the media much, but if I had known back then what I know now, I could've saved myself a lot of time and effort. Anyway, after searching around a few different times, I stumbled across Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift's performance of "Fifteen" at the Grammy's. So basically, after God put that in my hands, my Miley days were over and the Taylor days were in.

Sure, I knew about Taylor before and I listened to her songs before. But, I think it was just the fact that I loved Miley Cyrus so much, and she performed the duet with my own name in the song that it got to me.

Come 2015, it was time for Taylor to sing her B-Stage song during the 1989 World Tour, which was a surprise every night because she chose it on spot by herself, and she chose "Fifteen." It hadn't been the first time I heard the song live, and it also wasn't the fact that I was hearing it live in that very moment from the front row, but something was different. About halfway through the song I felt an arm wrap around my shoulder and I turned around and it had been Taylor's mom. She asked me and Elijah if we wanted to meet Taylor after the show. And the rest went on from there.

Why that moment was so special to me is for many reasons. A song that I had accidentally stumbled across during my Miley years and led me into the world of Taylor Swift, will now forever be the song that I not only stumbled across, but the song that somehow, out of 20,000 people just enjoying the night, Elijah and I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I think it's pretty cool, and I always will. It probably sounds extremely cliche, and many of you would probably say "Oh, well that's just a coincidence." And sure, it might be. But to me, it's something more.

Not only is it special to me for that, but also because it will forever be my favorite Taylor song. "Fifteen" was always a song that I could relate to, and it always will be.

Thinking back to the short time we spent with Taylor, it will always hold a special place in my heart because she's always been a major influence on me. She not only carries herself well and accordingly, but she's made it easy for people to get through different things and know that it's always okay to be you and be true to who you are.

Of course, it's so cliche of me to say she's one of my role models, but as a matter of fact, she is. That's also why meeting her was so special to me. Whether it's her hundreds of love songs, her ability to make the best out of each situation, or her love for other people, I've always looked up to her and I always will...even if I don't know her and she doesn't know me. Meeting her was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will forever cherish.

I cut it pretty short, but that's the whole gist of it. I've learned to cherish moments more preciously now from that point forward and have learned to live life to it's fullest because you never know when the chance of a lifetime may come about.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Graf

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13 Reasons Why Season 2 Of 'Riverdale' Will Never Live Up To The First

Maybe it's just that I had too high of expectations, but season 2A was a disaster.

I still remember finishing the last episode of season one of "Riverdale" and having to take a moment to understand what I had just witnessed. From Fred Andrews being shot to a father killing his own son because of a dark secret, there were so many details that I (and many other "Riverdale" fans) could agree made season one so gripping. So being a huge fan of the show, I was naturally excited to hear that season 2A was coming out sooner than I'd expected. Maybe it was the fact that I had too high of expectations, but season two was a disaster. And although I know most of these will be unpopular opinions, here are 13 reasons why season two will will never reach the level that the first season did.

Warning: there are spoilers ahead!

1. The teenagers are supposed to be sophomores. Sophomores!

The casting itself is not the issue, but the things the Core Four does outside of school are way beyond what sophomores do. First of all, sophomores don't have that much of a love life to be spending all of their time with their significant others. Secondly, the Core Four act like they know everything. Jughead believes he doesn't need anyone to take care of him and lives in a trailer by himself at 16 years old. Betty repeatedly disrespects her mother as if she's the head of the household (which I will get to in a second), and Veronica, though she swears she's trying to be a better person, insults anyone who begs to disagree with her. Again, especially with her parents. Finally, Archie thinks he's old enough to possess a firearm and walk around in the Southside owning the place. I definitely think the writers are forgetting just how immature the crew should really be.

2. The plot steered away from their lives as high school children.

Now, I know that the show is returning back to their high school lives in the second part of season two, but that's still not much of an excuse for the fact that high school was literally thrown out of the season 2A. Wasn't one of the best scenes in season one a dance-off between Veronica and Cheryl in the gym? Didn't Mrs. Grundy's plot line annoy everyone while attracting their attention at the same time? Why didn't their high school lives continue?

3. Veronica and Betty are too disrespectful to their parents. Especially Betty.

Being sophomores, they're all supposed to be around 16 to 17 years old. And they treat their parents like children. On Veronica's side, I have a bit of sympathy because her mother is willing to put her daughter through anything to get what she wants, and her father is notorious for how harsh he is. But with Betty, I expected better. Alice Cooper may be controlling, but she shows how much she loves Betty every time she worries about her safety, especially concerning the Black Hood. She wants her daughter safe, but her daughter doesn't see the pain that she feels.

4. Did they just completely forget Jason existed?

Hello? Jason may have passed away, but has his spirit disappeared from the show? I get that since he's gone, he shouldn't be the number one concern, but what happened to all this season one emphasis on keeping him in mind?

5. What is going on with Jughead? Are they together or not?

Yeah, yeah. I know they officially broke up, but before that? I had to stop at some points and literally ask out loud, "Are they together or not?" Betty wanted to distance herself from Jughead because of the Black Hood, but after that? Were they broken up after she told Archie to tell that to Jughead? Because I can definitely tell that saying "I love you" and constantly hugging don't exactly equate with being broken up.

6. Where's Polly when you need her?

Bye, Polly! Guess once you've left, no one really remembers you exist anymore.
On another note, the fan theories about Polly being the Black Hood are pretty interesting.

7. There are too many characters who are mentioned and never seen.

In simpler terms, we've had to wait too long! Chic Cooper and Jellybean Jones are who I'm talking about here, but Chic is coming to the show soon. All this waiting has really bored me because you hear their names thrown around on the show, and you feel giddy because you think they're going to appear. But they don't, and you can't help but feel disappointed.

8. Cheryl is a complex character who isn't emphasized enough.

I was actually excited to hear more from Cheryl because I'd only realized how biased my opinion against her was after finishing season one. She makes an appearance here and there, but I'd always wanted to know more about her complex relationships with her other family members and the specific backstory for why she was willing to help some of the same people she was constantly rude to.

9. Unpopular Opinion: Veronica doesn't know her place.

I never liked Veronica, but this season strengthened my dislike for her. She vowed to be a better person by coming to Riverdale, but she really isn't. She's still got those qualities of being a bully, like using insults as a defense mechanism and treating even the people close to her like trash. This description of her is biased, though, so it obviously doesn't include the good parts of her personality.

10. The children manipulate their parents too much to be considered family.

This is a little different from before since this is more than just disrespect. Cheryl's relationship with her mother is a prime example of this, but I agree that her mother deserves the hate she gets from both Cheryl and "Riverdale" fans. Cheryl used the money Penelope "earned" to blackmail her into telling Cheryl about the Sugarman, also relating to how Cheryl was helping someone she was also rude to. In Cheryl's case, I completely get how Penelope deserves it. But personally, I don't think Hermione Lodge is as bad as Penelope because she would save her daughter from a fire unlike Penelope would've done. Whenever Veronica threatens or manipulates her mother, I simply can't help but dislike Veronica more and more.

11. Varchie is too much of a physical relationship and almost nothing else.

"Varchie" is the fanbase's name for Veronica and Archie's relationship, and in my opinion, I'm disgusted by their relationship. It's nothing more than the physical aspect, and neither Archie nor Veronica understands the commitment it takes to make a relationship work on the emotional side. Archie is too dumb for it, and Veronica doesn't seem to want more than what they currently have. I'm glad they broke up because c'mon, did we really think they were going to get anywhere? They obviously didn't think so.

12. It's okay to not say "I love you" back.

I don't get how Archie can say "I love you" to Veronica and suddenly not bring himself to even look at her when she doesn't say it back. Is it really that bad that she can't say it? Before anything else, it's not like they were even close to being in love, and on top of that, it's okay to not reciprocate the other person's feelings. It doesn't make Veronica a despicable person and Archie a saint. It mean that they're on different wavelengths and need time apart to understand that they don't need to say those words to make the relationship work.

13. The plot itself just lacks the substance that the first season had with Jason's death.

Jason's death was a mystery that involved everyone in the Core Four, and it also played into their high school lives. Multiple times when I was watching the show, I was too bored to want to finish the episodes because there were too many plots going on simultaneously. The Core Four were too distant from each other, relationship statuses were a mess and there were inconsistencies in character personalities, especially concerning Cheryl. The plot didn't attract my attention. I didn't feel connected to the show, making it extremely difficult to enjoy.

In the end, I don't hate "Riverdale." I'm just really disappointed that I wasn't wowed like the first season had me. But because season 2B is meant to be more centered on their personal lives at school, I'll definitely be watching to see if I was wrong. Maybe season two will blow me away.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix / Riverdale

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The Start of Classes, Told By Clueless

Ugh, as if.

Classes at the University of Miami started today, and everyone seems to be just as disheartened and stressed as me. Here are my feelings on the topic told by my favorite study break movie, "Clueless".

1. 8 AMs

Or 9 AMs, or 10 AMs, or any classes at all.

2. Deciding how far into the semester is the right time to miss class

Maybe give it a week.

3. When you have a pop quiz on the first lecture

Not fair.

4. When you hear the attendance policy

2 missed classes = a lower grade ???

5. Finding a friend in class

College classes need a study buddy.

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