In case you needed more proof that Taylor Swift loved her fans, this one’s going to get you right in the feels. The singer heard the plea of a University of Waterloo student, who was struggling to pay for her second year of schooling, and answered. Through PayPal.
Ayesha Khurram, who is equal parts accounting and financial management student and die-hard Swifty, took to Tumblr to share her struggles with paying for her tuition. She told CBC she was receiving less from OSAP despite her tuition being higher than last year and with Khurram’s mother also suffering from chronic kidney disease, her family had been under intense emotional stress.
A friend suggested she drop a PayPal link to her Tumblr post so if people wanted to help out, they could. So she did. “And next thing I know, I literally have no more problems anymore.” Because Taylor to the rescue!
The singer sent an online money transfer of $6,386.47 with the note, “Ayesha, get your learn on, girl! I love you, Taylor.” Khurram’s reaction: “I can’t put it into words. It was insane. I could not believe it,” she told CBC. “It’s more than what I asked for. She is just so generous. I literally cried myself to sleep last night. This is the kind of thing you don’t expect. You don’t even dream about it. In no corner of your brain are you thinking, ‘Taylor Swift is going to send me money and help me out.'” Now? The “huge burden” is off the student’s shoulders and all she wants to do is celebrate. “I can’t believe this has happened to me.”
It helped that Taylor and Ayesha have history. Khurram has been a fan of Swift’s for nearly a decade, even creating her first Swifty fan page at the age of 11. And Ayesha’s posts on Tumblr—where Taylor also likes to post and vent (cough, cough, Scooter Braun)—were noticed by the superstar, who often interacts with her fans online. Swift sent Khurram a direct message last year and invited her to meet up after the concert at Toronto’s Rogers Centre last August.
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[tn messaged me before the show b/c t herself invited me] walked into the room, she pulls me into a hug – “hey babe” – and i’m literally shaking. she was literally right there in front of my face. i said “please someone call an ambulance”. i was like im **** from tumblr and her jaw dropped to the floOR her eyes poPPed out of her head she was like “YOU ARE!!!! I KNEW IT I KNEW YOU LOOKED FAMILIAR!!!!!!!! you’re so FUNNY? you are SO FUNNY???? tumblr icons are so small but i kNEW it i knew u looked familiar i see ur posts aLL the time??” i was like “hey um i think u want me dead taylor im literally going to dIE in this room” WE WERE ON A FIRST NAME BASIS BROS! AND SHE THREw her head back and laughed so hard and i was like “did i just make taylor swift laugh” her team was laughing at me and i was like “are u sure u see my posts” and she’s like “oh my god yes i just told you that seven times” and i cried halfway thru the conversation she just stops and goes “i’m sure i invited you to preshow” i was like she knows me. SHE REMEMBERED INVITING ME. ppl kept telling her to hurry up and she looked them right in the eye and continued taking her time with us !! we literally spent 15 minutes in there for the picture she pulled me to her side like she wanted me closest but i knew my little sister really wanted the head lean so i stepped aside and stood in the middle and!! taylor!! recognised that!!! and made sure her hand was tightly gripping mine for the picture!! i cried. she also chose our pose because we told her that as 9, 7, and 3 year olds we used to hold hands to the “he knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring” part in love story!!! and after the picture she was all “this is the cutest family picture ever” stop her and then as we were abt to walk out i dont know what came over me but i turned around and said hey can i give u a kiss and she goes on my moUTH? give it on my cheek and im like oh my god…. i meant cheek taylor edskljdfdjkfkdf she is so lame y’all and she like a little girl stepped forward like literally shaking her head from side to side in a dancelike motion letting all three of us give her a kiss on her cheek and then we walked out!!
For those keeping track, this isn’t the first time the world’s highest-paid celebrity has been generous with her money: she’s previously helped with tuition fees, has paid down escalating medical bills and helped a family in need get a service dog.