My introduction to college activism started where all good things in politics start: UC Berkeley.
I went there to listen to a panel with Kassy Dillon, Allie Beth Stucky, and Antonia Okafor. The night itself was fascinating, but students tore down posters for the event in the days leading up to the panel. This kind of panel brought many people to the same space. There was even a self-proclaimed Nazi who showed up to argue with Kassy about Israel.
After the panel was finished, I stuck around to meet the speakers. They were all so welcoming and kind. After talking to Kassy, she extended an offer for me to write for Lone Conservative.
Joining the Lone Conservative was one of the best things I have done. With Lone Conservative, I’ve had a dozen articles published ranging from satirical to serious. I’ve learned so much. From learning about licensing reform with Shoshana Weissmann to agitate articles with Kassy,
Joining LoCo also gave me a support system as I entered college. They helped me navigate frustrating feminist professors, people calling me names and students who continually tore down my pro-life posters. Entering college with few friends was lonely, but the wonderful contributors and Leadership Team became my friends.
What is the point of this you ask?
If you feel like your college doesn’t support your views or political party, join an activist group. There are many amazing college clubs you can join. This will give you a support system for those classes that have you tearing your hair out by the roots and help you break out of the bubble we all tend to isolate ourselves in. Even within groups such as LoCo and YAF (Young Americas Foundation), there are varying ideas and schools of thought. These different ideas will help round out your beliefs and force you to research and defend your ideas. This is a useful skill to have when faced with liberal classes, friends, family members, and even the media.
If you’re interested in joining a club, check your college’s organization page or registry and find a club that fits. If you don’t have a club, think about starting one. If you are a Republican, a Republican’s club or YAF would do the job. Starting or joining a club will enrich your college experience unlike anything you could think. If you’re truly passionate about getting involved, the opportunities are plentiful and the time is perfect.
At a time when leftism dominates college campuses and attempts to silence speech everywhere, Ben Shapiro’s quote rings true: “Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes thought crime becomes a reality.” Join us as we fight for the freedom for all from that tyranny. Begin with college activism.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.