Being college students, we need to work hard and fight for our future. College is a place where we realize our dreams. We should set a goal for ourselves and try our best to achieve it. In this process, we may encounter thousands of difficulties, but we should never give in and back up. Now I’m
going to tell you something about a really hard-working girl.
Being a fearless rising star of country music, Taylor Swift has really gone through a lot before being famous. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. Even at a young age, Swift preferred country music. She thought that country music was where she fit in. Taylor soon decided that she needed to sing in front of as many listeners as possible, and began singing at karaoke contests, bars, festivals and fairs. She also sang the National Anthem at every venue she could, including a Philadelphia 76ers game. At age 11, she made her first trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where she naively handed out demo tapes of her singing along to karaoke songs to secretaries at recording studios. Taylor and her Mom spent days walking up and down Music Row handing them out to receptionists at every label. But none of them called her back. Though she returned home without a recording contract, she had gained new insight into the music industry. Taylor decided that she needed to become as self-sufficient as a singer as possible, and the way to do this was to become a songwriter. She was given her first guitar and began teaching herself to play by practicing as much as four hours a day until her fingers would bleed. As her guitar playing and songwriting skills grew, Swift began taking more trips to Nashville to write songs with some of the most talented up-and-coming songwriters. At the age of 12, she performed the national anthem at the U.S. Open tennis tournament where caught the eye of the manager of pop singer Britney Spears, and subsequently was featured as a rising star in a campaign for retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Less than year later, she was offered a recording contract with RCA Records, which she turned down because she would only be allowed to record songs written by another person..
Swift’s big break finally arrived at a showcase at The Bluebird Café, where she was noticed by an executive from Big Machine Records. She decided to sign with the newly formed label, and began recording her first eponymous album. During the summer of 2006, at the age of 15, Swift released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” a wistful song describing the recollection of a summer romance. The track quickly became a top-ten country single, peaking at NO.6, and turned Taylor Swift into a household name. The music video for “Tim McGraw” reached NO.1 on Country Music
Television’s (CMT) video charts and was awarded the Breakthrough Video Award at the 2007
CMT Awards. Released on October 24, 2006, Taylor Swift rose to No. 3 on the Country Albums
chart and No. 19 on the United States albums chart, and sold more than 40,000 copies during its opening week. Swift released three other singles off the album, all of which ranked within the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs. “Our Song,” a single from Taylor Swift originally
written for Swift’s high school talent show became a number one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot
Country Songs chart and won both Female Video of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2008 CMT Awards. In the same year, Swift was accorded a bigger honor: the 2007 Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. She was also nominated for the 2008 Best New Artist Grammy
award. On November 11, 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless. The album debuted at
number one on the Billboard charts, selling 592,000 copies in its first week. Fearless held the
number one position for eight nonconsecutive weeks, making Swift the first female country artist to accomplish this feat.
The success of Taylor Swift is really inspiring. She’s no wonder a super star now, but she won’t be
who she is if she didn’t stick to her dream. It is her hard work and perseverance that makes her dream comes true. No pain, no gain. Now, all her efforts and sweat pay off. Being in her early twenties as we are, Taylor is an idol for us. She sets an excellent example for us to fight for our dreams. We should learn from her that never gives up before frustration and difficulties. Since we are young, everything is possible. There’s every reason to believe that we will be the next one to
realize our dreams as Taylor as long as we try our best. Therefore, don’t indulge in Internet and
computer games any more. We have to struggle to make ourselves stand out. We deserve a better life.