Taylor Swift rose to stardom when her debut was released at the age of 16, 

Over time, she has encountered her fair share of criticism and controversy in the music industry.

The pop diva shared some "life hacks" with New York University freshmen (NYU) on Wednesday.

Swift was also awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University.

In her now-viral commencement speech, the multiple Grammy winner gave the fresh grads numerous "life hacks."

"Learn to live alongside cringe," Swift remarked as she reflected on her 15-year career.

"You will look back on your life and cringe retroactively no matter how hard you try to prevent being cringe," 

Taylor said during the graduation ceremony.