Taylor Swift Society Connects Swifties Across Campus

The Taylor Swift Society vice president Claire Gilling, president Ryan Linton, and treasurer Emma Doederlein tabled at Spring Mainstage on Jan. 28th, 2023. Photo courtesy of the Taylor Swift Society.

The American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is synonymous with her dedicated fan base known as “Swifties”. They stay up to date on her album releases and hunt for Easter eggs in her media and songs.

The Taylor Swift Society, a new organization on campus, provides Central Michigan University’s Swifties an opportunity to share their love of all things Taylor Swift.

“You can’t really casually talk to a random person about (Taylor Swift lore) so to have other people understand how intense it is and just be there with you is a really cool experience,” said the Taylor Swift Society president freshman Ryan Linton.

Seeing similar Taylor Swift-dedicated organizations at other universities motivated Linton to start one at CMU. A TikTok showcasing Brown University’s Taylor Swift Club’s release party for Swift’s new album “Midnights” served as a point of inspiration.

“To see that video and the real-world applications of an event that they could do…that really set things into motion here.”

Linton’s journey with Taylor Swift started during her country era. He said his family listened to her early albums like “Fearless” and “Speak Now”. But it was Swift’s “Reputation” album that really made Linton a hard-core fan.

“From there on it’s been an absolute obsession,” Linton said. “I really like how she can take you to so many different places through her visuals and her music.”

A group photo of participants from the Taylor Swift Society’s first meeting on Jan. 22, 2023. Photo courtesy of the Taylor Swift Society.

Linton said the ultimate goal of the Taylor Swift Society is to create a social club welcoming to individuals from all majors and backgrounds.

“We want it to be a fun a place where you can meet new people and just kind of geek out.”

Linton expressed his excitement about the interest that the organization is gathering. He said 30 people attended the first the Taylor Swift Society meeting, and they already reached their semester goal of gaining 100 followers on their Instagram.

At their first meeting, the Taylor Swift Society participated in a trivia game about the singer.

The Taylor Swift Society will be having an art and craft night during their next meeting on Feb. 12th. They will be making Valentine’s and friendship bracelets. Fans are planning on swapping bracelets during concerts in the upcoming Eras tour.

Linton encourages anyone interested in the organization to check out their Instagram @cmichtssocity for the latest information about meetings and activities.