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Although I am sad that fall break has come to an end, I am so excited for the drive back to Mount Union! As I’m sure many of you know, Taylor Swift’s new album “Red” was released Tuesday. My sister and I made a trip to Target in order to get the deluxe version of “Red,” which includes six additional songs. I immediately tore open the wrapper so we could listen to the CD on our way home, but the 15-minute drive just didn’t cut it. I can’t wait to get on the road and make the trip back to school so I have a full 50 minutes to jam out to Tay’s new hits.

One of the greatest things about Mount, for me, is the location. I love the 50-minute drive. While making a “pros and cons” list when determining which college to attend, many will put “location” under Mount’s cons. At first glance, Alliance, Ohio is definitely not the most appealing city. However, it has its perks! I love that Mount is far enough from home so that I have my independence, yet it is close enough so that I can make a trip home whenever I am feeling a bit homesick, need a pick-me-up from my family or don’t want to miss out on a birthday or get-together. Tomorrow morning’s drive will be perfect for an iced latte, gorgeous fall scenery and listening to “Red” on the highest volume possible.

Taylor Swift is such a great role model for college women. Her songs are relatable and inspirational. She’s 22 years old and going through many of the same things that we are all going through. I know what you’re thinking… her life is nothing like yours. She sings her heart out on stage at sold-out concerts while you sing into a hairbrush when getting ready for class. You live in Ohio while she travels around the world, sipping lattes in Paris and eating sushi in Japan. She has dated the boys that you have posters of on your dorm room walls… such as Taylor Lautner (guilty), Joe Jonas and Jake Gyllenhaal. However, Taylor goes through ups and downs, love and heartbreaks, happiness and disappointments; just like we do.

Promise to give “Red” a chance before shooting it down. Taylor Swift truly has the most sincere heart and I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful role model to look up to and be inspired by daily.

P.S. I am apologizing in advance since I will most likely be “that annoying girl” blaring T.Swift’s new songs while dancing in the apartment, running in the MAAC and jamming out in the car next to you.