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Moving Away to College? These Taylor Swift Lyrics Will Speak to Your Soul

published Aug 30, 2023
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No matter what’s going on in your life, music has the power to make you feel seen in pretty much every situation possible. And in my opinion, no artist is better at capturing emotions than one of the reigning queens of the music industry: the Taylor Swift. Going through a breakup? Listen to Red (Taylor’s Version) or folklore. Falling madly in love? Turn on Lover. Ready to clap back at someone? Blast Reputation. You get the point — whatever you’re going through, Taylor Swift has likely written a song — or even a whole album — that covers it. 

That’s why, when I moved away to college and was hours away from everything that was familiar to me, I immediately knew what music to listen to. As I set out to find my place in this world and combat my homesickness, Swift was there for me. Even though she wasn’t often singing specifically about my exact situation, I connected so deeply to so many of her lyrics that it felt like she was.

Below, I’ve put together a list of Swift’s most poignant lyrics for students moving away to college — the ones that perfectly describe leaving home, starting a new chapter in life, entering adulthood, and embracing change. Whether you incorporate them into your dorm decor, use them for earnest Instagram captions, or simply give them a read whenever you’re feeling emotional, these quotes will make you cry, get you excited for the future, and, most importantly, make you feel like you aren’t on your own, kid.

Taylor Swift Lyrics About Leaving Home

  1. “This is a big world, that was a small town, there in my rearview mirror disappearing now.” —“White Horse”
  2. “Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room.” —“Never Grow Up”
  3. “So here I am in my new apartment in a big city, they just dropped me off.”  —“Never Grow Up”
  4. “Long live all the magic we made.” —“Long Live”
  5. “Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you.” —“New Year’s Day”
  6. “Saying goodbye is death by a thousand cuts.” —“Death by a Thousand Cuts”
  7. “I can go anywhere I want — anywhere I want, just not home,” —“my tears ricochet”
  8. “You know when it’s time to go.” —“it’s time to go”

Taylor Swift Lyrics About Changing and Growing Up

  1. “Oh I’m just a girl trying to find a place in this world.” —“A Place in This World”
  2. “Don’t know what’s down this road, I’m just walking.” —“A Place in This World”
  3. “It’s hard not to find it all a little bittersweet.” —“Tim McGraw”
  4. “This is life before you know who you’re gonna be.” —“Fifteen”
  5. “It was the night things changed.” —“Change”
  6. “I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone.” —“Never Grow Up”
  7. “Wasn’t it easier in your lunch-box days?” —“Innocent”
  8. “Everything has changed.” —“Everything Has Changed”
  9. “When you are young, they assume you know nothing.” —“cardigan”
  10. “Our coming-of-age has come and gone.” —“peace”
  11. “You’re on your own, kid.” —“You’re on Your Own, Kid”

Taylor Swift Lyrics Full of Hope and Excitement

  1. “I don’t know how it gets better than this.” —“Fearless”
  2. “In this moment now, capture it, remember it.”—“Fearless”
  3. “I realized some bigger dreams of mine.” —“Fifteen”
  4. “Next chapter.” —“The Story Of Us”
  5. “Today is never too late to be brand new.” —“Innocent”
  6. “I said, ‘Remember this moment.’” —“Long Live”
  7. “It was the end of a decade, but the start of an age.” —“Long Live”
  8. “This is the golden age of something good and right and real.” —“State Of Grace”
  9. “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.” —“22”
  10. “We had this big, wide city all to ourselves.” —“Holy Ground”
  11. “I watched it begin again.” —“Begin Again”
  12. “Everybody here wanted something more, searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before.” —“Welcome To New York”
  13. “We found Wonderland.” —“Wonderland”
  14. “Are you ready for it?” —“…Ready For It?”
  15. “Baby, let the games begin.” —“…Ready For It?”
  16. “I’m doing better than I ever was.” —“Call It What You Want”
  17. “Livin’ for the hope of it all.” —“august”
  18. “There were pages turned with the bridges burned.” —“You’re on Your Own, Kid”
  19. “Everything you lose is a step you take.” —“You’re on Your Own, Kid”
  20. “Make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it.” —“You’re on Your Own, Kid”
  21. “Just breathe, just relax, it’ll be OK.” —“Electric Touch”

Isabel Petrou

Public Communication

Isabel is an incoming sophomore at the University of Vermont. She is studying public communication. She grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where she frequented the beach often during the summer. Even though her heart belongs to the ocean, the mountains are becoming a close contender. Her favorite part of living in Burlington, Vermont, for college is its unique coffee shops. Her perfect day would consist of going to a cute café in the morning, then spending the day at the beach swimming and reading, then ending the day by shopping and getting dressed up for a nice dinner downtown. Through Dorm Therapy, Isabel is excited to be a voice for young adults embarking on their college journeys and she hopes to make this big transition of life more comfortable for others in the same place as her.

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