The Swiftie sensation sweeping the nation

Eight of Taylor Swifts albums
Eight of Taylor Swift’s albums
Makaila Mosley

TTaylor Swift, Spotify’s top streamed artist worldwide, has been a role model to many since the release of her (self-titled) debut album at 16 years old in 2006. Her career, which spans 17 years, is the same age as many current high school students, and it’s probably why so many AGHS students think of themselves as “Swifties.”

Lucy Anselm (’25) has been a fan of Swift’s music since she was a baby and is still a fan today.

The Folklore album vinyl (Makaila Mosley)

“I feel like she finds ways to keep writing about experiences. With Folklore and Evermore, she created these two albums (that were fictional) out of real human emotions that she felt but out of fictional situations that made them so interesting and connected to so many people,” Anselm said.

Hailey Kelly (‘25), a fan since she was four years old, continues listening to Swift’s music today.

“She’s very relatable for someone who’s been famous since she was 16, and she hasn’t lost touch with emotions in the way that we see some child stars do,” Kelly said.

Taylor Swift performing at the Eras tour at Santa Clara (Natalie Fink)

Daniel Dixon (’25) has been a fan since the release of Red in 2012.

“Her lyrics are just so good, and she is such a genuine and nice person,” Dixon said. ” [Her music] helps ground me, and it’s very nice to listen to while I’m doing other stuff.”

A part of the reason Swift is loved by so many is the hidden details known as “Easter eggs” she leaves for fans to find. Swift is known for leaving hidden secrets tied to her other albums, future songs, or the next album she plans to re-record in her songs and music videos, like wearing colors associated with an album or the name of a new song hidden in the background of a video.

A T- Shirt from the Eras tour (Makaila Mosley)

“There are certain [Easter eggs] that you can almost see immediately, like the number 13 or the colors of all the albums, since you’ve been doing it for so long,” Anselm said. “There’s just so many lyrics that seem very simple, but that’s what is so honest about them. And some of them are poetic, which makes them very interesting to analyze.”

Even though there are many Swifties at AGHS, not everyone is a fan of her music.

In a recent poll, students answered whether they liked or disiked Swift’s music (Adilia Leiva)

“It’s a little overrated, and I think people go crazy because they see a woman sharing her feelings and talking about past experiences with relationships, and I don’t really like the genre of her music,” Nick Harris (‘25) said.

The Swiftie community is formed mainly through the relatability of Swift’s music that she creates. Even though not everyone is a fan of her music, the songs she creates impact fans across the nation. And as long as she continues to release new music, Taylor Swift will “never go out of style.”

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Adilia Leiva
Adilia Leiva, Reporter
Adilia Leiva is a junior and in her second year at the Eagle Times. She lives a pretty boring life, except for the fact that she has 5 siblings, and her house is never quiet. Adilia is the second oldest, and is also the family babysitter, except she doesn’t get paid. Adilia is taking too many classes, and wonders if she’ll even have room for sleep in her schedule. She is excited to once again be part of the Eagle Times and hopes to write better stories than she did in her freshman year.
Makaila Mosley
Makaila Mosley, Reporter
Makaila Mosley is a junior at Arroyo Grande High School. She spends most of her time reading bad romance novels. Sometimes, she writes them. She explores all music genres through Taylor Swift. During the spring, she spends her afternoons throwing for the school’s Track and Field team. Her goal for her first year in Newspaper is to write factual stories and inform the community about important events.
Natalie Fink
Natalie Fink, Reporter
Natalie Fink is a Senior at AGHS, and is a new member at the Eagle Times. She has a cat named Charlie, who is a fireball and drives her family crazy. She likes to read, go on hikes, and hang out with her family and friends. Her mom is her best friend, but Skye Fernsler comes a close second. She loves her job at Starbucks and all the people she works with. She is very excited to be a part of the Eagle Times staff this school year and grow as a confident young woman, though honestly she is ready to graduate and get the heck out of here.

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