College is a time when you get to define who you are and what you stand for, but, before this, you have to decide on what university you want to attend.
Whether you’re graduating from high school or transferring from a more conservative college, choosing to study at a left leaning university can make you a stronger conservative. You’ll get to hear every liberal argument and learn how to combat each of them in a controlled environment.
Attending a more conservative college, such as Hillsdale College or Liberty University, will surround you with ideas you already hold. Similarly to attending a liberal college, this environment can also be a great benefit in developing your views and strengthening your own arguments.
However, choosing to study at a right leaning university won’t give you the experience you need to defeat liberal arguments. Conservative ideas will be reinforced at a right-leaning university but your debating skills against leftist ideas, such as free college tuition for everyone, won’t develop as well as they would have if you had studied at a left-leaning institute.
Some of today’s greatest conservative figures that we’ve come to know and love actually developed their debating skills through the leftist ideas taught in college. For instance, Ben Shapiro wrote his class papers as if he were a socialist while at Harvard but was actually sharpening his conservative views by discovering what indefinite flaws were linked to the leftist ideology.
Dennis Prager attended Columbia University where he was surrounded by many liberal peers who constantly challenged his beliefs. This led him to have a stronger conservative argument as he grew to be a nationally syndicated radio host and the founder of one of the most famous conservative web series, Prager University.
Personally, I’ve decided to make the switch over to a more liberal university, the University of Georgia, and away from a more conservative university, Kennesaw State University.
While this transfer is for the betterment of my future career, it also will help me fine-tune my debating skills. I’ll have the chance to hear much more of what the other side has to say and learn what arguments work best when combating leftist ideology.
Each individual has to make their own decision on whether a conservative or liberal college will better suit their needs. If you feel as though you don’t have a grip on conservative principles, a more conservative university may be best for you. If you were raised a conservative and understand why its principles should be cherished, you should attend a more liberal college.
As you work towards your future career, you’ll be preparing yourself to not only defend your own viewpoint but also dismantle the opposing viewpoint. You’ll discover the many flaws that litter leftist ideology and be able to proficiently argue for conservative principles after you graduate.
You might even convince other students to start researching what conservatism stands for and become an active conservative voice on campus.
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The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.