Stepping out of your conservative bubble and onto a liberal college campus can be overwhelming to say the least. Many professors at colleges and universities promote liberal ideologies and discount conservative beliefs as antiquated and irrelevant. We know better.
As long as there are people who support liberty over liberalism and stable societies over socialism there will always be a place for conservative dialogue and principles in the public square. They just may be harder to locate on liberal college campuses.
So here are just a few of the ways you can hold onto your conservative values on a liberal campus:
- Join a Club!
Within moments of stepping onto campus as a freshman (if not earlier) you will be tugged in every conceivable direction to join organization after organization and fill your schedule in so it is full to the brim and you have to pencil in times to eat.
Instead of signing up for everything under creation and stretching yourself too thin, try to pick a few clubs that align with your interests. After all, this is likely where you will meet most of your future friends. There are clubs that range anywhere from faith-based ministries to pogo sticking clubs. Chances are, there will be at least one conservative organization on your campus that you can get involved in from day one.
In the off chance that the other students at your school live under rocks and have not had the gumption to start a conservative organization, you can start your own! It isn’t hard. Most schools only have a handful of requirements.
- Get an Internship!
Not only will this look incredible on your resume, it will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the beliefs you hold and be encouraged by older, wiser mentors who are already established in the field.
It is often far too easy for college students to stay in a bubble of their own making on their campus and not wander out into the community around the college. Do some research! There are often several organizations that are looking for driven college students to intern with them. I would know since American Majority is one of them!
Whether you volunteer for a political campaign to knock doors and answer phones or volunteer with a nonprofit, there are so many opportunities just waiting for you to make a difference even while you are still in college.
- Social Media
Could there possibly be an easier way to get involved than social media? Join groups on Facebook, interact with users on Twitter (but don’t be a troll), write a blog, start a Youtube channel. We are so blessed with modern technology that enables us to share our thoughts and ideas in a way that our ancestors only dreamt of.
Overall, it may seem difficult at first to hold onto your conservative values on a liberal campus. But with a bit of intentionality and a pinch of research, you will be well on your way to really making your years at college count towards something more than just getting your degree.