When you consider Taylor Swift’s chart-topping songs, multiple Grammys, and record-breaking albums, it’s hard to imagine the pop star would want anything else. The “All Too Well” singer enjoys incredible wealth and sold-out shows, but there’s still something she has on her wish list.
Swift recently shared the only goal she has yet to achieve: a college education. The 32-year-old never went to college, in part because of her music career. But Swift still hopes to get a college degree “one way or another.” Here’s when and why she dropped out.
Taylor Swift’s school career
Swift has a “good girl” reputation. His strong moral compass has always been there, dating back to his early childhood in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift’s parents raised her in the countryside, where she rode horses and had ‘the most magical childhood’, according to rolling stone.
Swift has been writing songs since she was 13. Its fairly rapid success did not leave much time for the traditional school. But just as her “good girl” persona helps her make sound decisions as an adult, it has also allowed her to approach education with the same dedication.
Swift was an overachiever from kindergarten through middle school. In high school, she maintained a 4.0 GPA despite being home schooled during her junior and senior years. Swift completed two years of classes in a mind-blowing 12 months. No small feat.
Taylor Swift will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU
During an interview with Marie Claire, one question in particular points to a specific goal that the iconic Swift has yet to achieve. When asked what’s on her to-do list, Swift replies, “Get a college degree…one way or another.” In the end, she might be able to cross this item off the bucket list sooner rather than later.
Swift will receive her honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University in May. The “Blank Space” singer will also deliver a speech at the ceremony, which will take place at Yankee Stadium. According to Variety.
Revered disability rights activist Judith Heumann will also speak at the start. She was recently featured in the Grammy-nominated documentary Crip Camp: a revolution for people with disabilities. Heumann is the author Being Human: Unrepentant Memory of a Disability Rights Activistwhich she released in 2020.
Other artists who have traced the same educational path
Swift isn’t the only celebrity with home training. Because young stardom comes with complicated schedules, touring and studio work, many aspiring musical artists find that a home school program serves them best.
Initiated reports that many A-list singers were homeschooled, like the Jonas Brothers, who studied between recording albums and touring. Justin Timberlake, who was part of the Mickey Mouse Club in elementary school, turned to homeschooling to finish high school. Justin Bieber, Michelle Branch and Hunter Hayes also took their classes outside of the classroom.
When it comes to earning college degrees while pursuing music, you might be surprised who has managed to do both. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo are both Harvard University graduates. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion graduated from Texas Southern University and started a college fund.
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