Lexi’s Life Advice: Handling Biased Professors

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Friday, May 29, 2020


I am excited to start Lone Conservative’s first column series that answers questions from our supporters and followers. Every Monday, Lone Conservative will post on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so you can submit your questions that you want answered. It can range from issues on campus to general life struggles. 

After growing up in a small town, I decided to attend Penn State Altoona and major in political science. I am certainly not an expert on any topic, but great advice doesn’t have to come from some far-away expert. Often, the best advice comes from those struggling through the same thing. I’ll also get a little help from other members at Lone Conservative, who do have some expertise. Enough about me, let’s get to the questions you guys submitted on our Twitter this past Monday.

Alexandria – What is the best way to connect with younger voters and get them excited about going to the polls today?

The best way to connect with young people will always be through social media. Young people spend most of their time online, so meet them where they are at but when you are online, don’t pander. They can see right through that. You might consider getting a young person to run your social media; they will be up to date on the latest memes and trends.

The trick to getting young people to the polls is networking. It only takes connecting with one person to get a bunch of us to do something. That one person you connect with will then get their friends who will get their friends and the cycle will continue. Be open and friendly. Young people will only get excited about going to the polls if they are excited about supporting you.

Alisa – What is your advice for young conservatives scared of backlash they may receive from their peers for their political views?

I have to admit: I struggle to speak up around peers and don’t necessarily agree with the philosophy of “you always need to speak up.” If you know you believe something, but aren’t ready for a battle, don’t force yourself into one. However, you don’t have to be an expert on a topic to defend it. If you are passionate and want to speak, don’t let anyone silence you. If you believe it is time for you to stand up and say something, but are hesitant, remember this: there’s someone else who thinks just like you and wants their voice heard. Be that voice for them.

Danii – What do you do when your professor puts his bias into your test? Do you do whatever for the grade or stand up for yourself?

This is very controversial among conservatives. I lean towards doing whatever for the grade. Nine out of ten times, you aren’t accomplishing anything except tanking your grade.  I’ve had multiple-choice questions on a test that were clearly biased, but I picked the answer I knew the professor wanted. Who would have noticed? The professor who had clearly already made up their mind? Not worth it.

That being said, there is a point where it’s worth a stand. If a professor tried to make me write an essay about how abortion is a right, then I wouldn’t do that. I would absolutely tank my grade before I defend immoral positions that go against human rights. Another example is if someone wanted me to write against my religious beliefs. Actively making me write against my faith is completely different than asking me to outline the supposed benefits of a $15 minimum wage.

Matthew – What would be an easy way to get back to a somewhat normal life after quarantine ends?

There won’t be an “easy” way to get back to a normal life after quarantine ends. It is going to end slowly with a lot of roadblocks in the way and a lot of variety between states. Most are opening slowly with rules encouraging six feet of space, limiting the number of people in a place, and requiring masks to be worn. However, once people start hanging out with friends again and are able to go out to eat, things will seem normal. Get back on your normal routine and socialize when you can, just remember to do so with a mask on.

Anonymous – I’ve always been a lone wolf (pun intended). What’s the best way to get to know someone?

The best way to get to know someone or meet new people is by joining a group that you know has similar interests as you. If you love soccer, go join a soccer league. If you like to play chess, go join the chess club. It is always easier to connect with people when you already know there is something over which you can bond. Now, if you are looking to make friends that are more conservative because you are tired of being the “lone wolf,” you can apply to Lone Conservative here. 😉

These are all the questions that I can answer this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If your question wasn’t answered, don’t worry, you still have a chance to get it featured in next week’s column! Or you could resubmit your question on Monday on our Instagram when we post about it. You can check back next Friday to see if it has been answered. Hope this advice was helpful and I’ll see you guys next week.

Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

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