One thing that is never in question about conservatives is the fact that we are proud of being conservative. Early on I tried to find creative ways to represent my political views, but it’s no easy task. Here are my top 5 ways to represent conservatism on campus:
1- Wear who you are
As a fashion enthusiast myself, this has become one of my favorite things to do at school. I love seeing the look on people’s face when I walk down the hall wearing a shirt that says “Pro-Life is Pro-Women.” Though I didn’t realize it early on, there’s actually a lot of places that you can find a variety of different conservative fashions widely ranging in prices and styles. Below are some of my favorites.
The Daily Wire store is every podcast enthusiast’s dream. They offer mostly shirts and cups with a variety of sayings and pictures with inside jokes from their shows, but they also often have funny shirts with jokes about political figures.
Future female leaders is a site to empower conservative women, but they also have a huge online store. Their clothes are for girls, but there are some products that the guys can use, too. They offer a more stylish side with not only political shirts, but also jewelry, stickers, decorative prints, cups, books, and more. This site is my go to for anything feminine and conservative.
I may be slightly biased, but this is my favorite place to get conservative swag. The LoCo shop features clothing, stickers, bags, and a variety of other products. They have funny sayings, quotes, and Lone Conservative brand prints for anyone’s taste.
2-Deck out the locker or dorm
For high school students, your locker says a lot about who you are, and the same goes for college dorms. You can pick various themes ranging from simply patriotic to wild Republican. Then put up pictures, colored streamers, or even posters on the outside for everyone passing through the hall to see. Themes are not only a great statement, but they’re also a conversation starter. I’ve had many people see my locker and ask about some of the sayings or pictures inside.
3-Stickers are your best friend
Whether you’re spicing up a notebook, water bottle, or laptop case, stickers are every conservative’s best friend. I’ve received stickers from many national student group organizations like YAF and Students for Life and you can find them plastered all over my notebooks and water bottles. You can pick an organization you like, and look on their website store to get your favorites. You can find stickers on most of the clothing stores I listed above, especially Future Female Leaders. When coordinating the stickers, be sure to put a variety of colors together to attract more attention, and put various sizes together so it looks more spontaneous. If you plan on decorating a water bottle, I would also suggest to get a large one as the small ones don’t fit all stickers.
4-Use your digital platforms
Students today tend to hide behind screens and this allows them to harshly express their leftist political doctrine without personal accountability, but the conservatives have taken this battle up to a whole new level. As students, we have the upper hand when it comes to social media. We need to step up and voice our opinions, or else all students will see is leftist philosophy and often outright lies. Friend your liberal friends on platforms to allow them to see that there are conservatives out there. Start by simply sharing, reposting, or retweeting conservative organizations’ posts. It isn’t as personal and you don’t have to come up with anything yourself. Then, work up to doing the same but with politicians or commentators that you support or enjoy listening to. Eventually, try to come up with some statements and ideas yourself and go from there.
5-Stand up to leftist bias
This is by far the hardest step in representing conservatism as students. Older people don’t have access to what we’re being taught. They don’t really have a way to immediately respond when your professor or teacher tries to say that socialism is a good thing, but we do. For example, when a biology teacher at my school told the students that unborn children were diseases and parasites and that’s what abortion is for, that is when we put our foot down and take a stand. Try to be peaceful and keep a good attitude to maintain good relationships, but when they say something incorrect, speak the truth. Introducing students to conservatism starts with changing how they think, and that starts in the classroom.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.