That one time I ugly cried about Taylor Swift in my college public speaking class:
Ok, so my freshman year of college I took a public speaking class. Our last speech of the semester was a “Commemorative Speech”, meaning we had to do a 5+ minute speech on someone who we wanted to commemorate positively and honor them via speech communication.
As a class we were all discussing the assignment, and I heard like 5 people say who they wanted to pick as their topic: Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Ellen Degeneres, Tom Hanks etc. So, pretty much everyone was doing famous people, and being the crazy swiftie that I am, I obviously decided to do my speech on @taylorswift!
We had about 2 weeks to prepare for the speech, and I got assigned to give my speech on the very first day of presentations. I was the last person to go that day, so I was ready to sit back for about an hour, listen to some great commemorative speeches on celebrities, and give mine.
The first person gets up and starts giving their speech on her Grandfather who was a decorated war veteran who had just passed away. She cried the entire time. The second person goes to the podium and starts his speech on his mother who is battling breast cancer. Tears everywhere. The person before me gets his speech going on his best friend that was currently battling a horrible addiction, but was currently clean. Waterworks up the wa-zoo. I mean everyone was sobbing.
Being the first day of speeches, I had no idea ANYONE was doing a personal speech, because everyone had said they were doing celebrities. So, of course I did mine on a celebrity. And also because it was the first day I got assigned to do my speech, I couldn’t go back to my dorm after and write a new speech on someone I knew personally that would move me to tears like everyone else.
So, my professor called me up, I got my powerpoint presentation ready (yup, we had to have photos to go with the speech as well), and I started my commemorative speech about Taylor Swift.
Now I am the type of person who gets emotional when other people get emotional. Since the people before me had these beautiful speeches about their loved ones and they started crying, I was sitting there at my desk crying with them. And I mean really crying. And being in front of about 30 people is hard enough, but doing it when you are already sniffly and emotional, it pushed me over the edge.
I got through the first 30 seconds or so, and I start to get to the point about why I wanted to commemorate Taylor. My voice starts to crack, and my lip starts to quiver. I said how she has been my hero for years, and how I hope to be just like her one day. AND I STARTED CRYING. LIKE FULL BLOWN TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY FACE CRYING.
So here I am, UGLY CRYING, about Taylor when just minutes before me people were doing speeches about the passing of family members, cancer, and addiction. BUT I WAS CRYING ABOUT TAYLOR AND ONLY TAYLOR.
The next 4 minutes of the speech it didn’t get any better, and I sniffled and sobbed my way through the remainder of the speech. Everyone was literally shocked I had just spent 5 minutes crying about a popstar I have never met in front of a group of 30 college students. They all probably thought I was insane.
Fast forward to my senior of college, and Im sitting on the bus on campus. A guy sits down across from me, looks at me all weird and goes, “Oh! Weren’t you that crazy girl who cried about Taylor Swift for 5 minutes in our public speaking class? That was WILD! I always remember you whenever I hear her songs!”
I reluctantly said “Ya, that was me”, somewhat embarrassed that literally 3.5 years later someone remembers me as “That crazy Taylor Swift girl”. But inside, I was definitely proud to be a hard core Swiftie!
But hey, at least I got an A on the speech. Haters gonna hate!