Taylor Swift Changes Fan’s Life With $1,989 Check Towards Student Loans


Just when “Shake It Off” was finally out of your head, Taylor Swift swoops in with a check for $1,989 that will pay off the student loans of one of her biggest fans, Rebekah Bortniker.

If you weren’t a fan of hers before, you sure will be after reading about her amazing acts of kindness and generosity.

Rebekah Bortniker is a normal 25 year old from Overland Park, Kansas. She loves fashion, her cats and baking. She also happens to be a Taylor Swift super-fan, which is made even more apparent with one glance at her blog on Tumblr.

Rebekah is also like a lot of college students and graduates around the country, as she too is struggling to find a job and has student loan payments looming on the horizon. She posted about this very thing just a week ago on her blog. Her post said:

“I have to start paying my student loans back in March and I still don’t have a job. I’m freaking out. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s like we’re never getting out of this hole”

Not even the stress of finding a job or having the financial burden of student loan payments could get in the way of her love for Taylor Swift, though. On January 9th, Rebekah created a fun video mashup of Swift with her gaggle of celebrity friends having a blast and set it to the unforgettable “Friends” theme song, “I’ll Be There For You.”

Rebekah’s video quickly caught Swift’s attention, as she too loves to cruise around Tumblr and see what her fans are up too. Simply getting a like or comment from Swift on the video would likely have been enough to fuel Rebekah’s super-fan flames, but in true fashion, Swift took it to the next level.

Sure, Taylor Swift is known for her catchy songs, show stopping performances and awards, but there’s more to her than being a musical powerhouse. She’s also know for her generosity, much of which is directed towards her fans. Swift even went as far as sending personally selected presents to some of her biggest fans in what she dubbed “Swiftmas” over the holidays.

The holidays may be over, but her generosity isn’t, as Rebekah soon found out.

Monday, Swift sent Rebekah a little message on Tumblr with only an envelope and heart emoji. Cryptic enough, but not for long as she would soon be surprised with a package personally delivered by one of Swift’s very own body guards.

Swift sent Rebekah a watercolor painting with her nickname “Beks” with a Polaroid picture of the singer painting it, a necklace with a tag saying “was mine, now yours” and a purse with “New York Is My Boyfriend” on it with a tag that read “Rebekah, now you’re $1989 closer to paying off those student loans.”

Inside the purse was a check in the amount of $1,989. a reference to Swift’s most recent hit album “1989”, of course.

There was also a card with both sides filled with a personal note from Swift to Rebekah. A portion of the card read, “I really really really really hope you like it. I’m not a good painter but I think you’re so beautiful and positive, even though you’re dealing with the stress life brings, so I wanted to make you something.”

The card goes on to say, “I love the video you made of me and my friends and your text posts always crack me up of make me think.”

Thankfully, Rebekah’s mother was on hand to record her opening her gifts. Clearly overwhelmed, as her voice shook with emotion as she carefully unwrapped each item while trying to describe what they were. When she finally reached the purse, she could hardly read the tag aloud and quickly burst into tears after peaking inside.

Naturally, the kindness of Swift’s gesture came crashing down on her all at once as she found it difficult to speak through the tears as her mother filmed her.

Finding her daughter at a loss for words, Rebekah’s mother said a few words to Swift from behind the camera. She said, “Taylor, I know you can’t see me, but I can see Rebekah and I wanted to thank you so much. She just thinks the world of you. She thinks you’re a very special person.”

It didn’t take long for Rebekah to post the video and many thank you’s on Tumblr. One massage to Swift said:

“I was so nervous I couldn’t even read the letter and totally butchered it. I was just in shock that Taylor had taken her time to think about me and send me something. I still don’t think I’ve really processed it all, I feel like I’m just in this crazy dream. I couldn’t even form words when I opened everything, luckily my mom took a minute to thank Taylor for me.

Taylor, thank you, thank you, thank you. I know I’ve said it and I’ll probably say it a million more times because this means more to me than you could imagine, I love you!”

The days following Swift’s acts of kindness have been busy for Rebekah. She has been inundated with phone calls, emails and tweets about her experience.

It’s safe to say that Swift has forever cemented her position as Rebekah’s favorite artist and has left an indelible mark on her life with the chance of a brighter future by lessening the burden felt by her student loans.

Watch Rebekah’s video and prepare to become a Taylor Swift fan!

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