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.
Anonymous – What is your biggest tip for living away from home (ex. College) and trying to save money while you do it?
There’s a Starbucks in one of the buildings at my school where I had classes. I said I was only going to get a drink there twice a week. I ended up getting one everyday, a drink that I could have made at home for a fraction of the price. In other words, don’t buy what you don’t need. College students will waste a lot of money on things like online shopping, coffee, and new outfits. Do not have the mindset of “it is just this one time.” Bad habits are really easy to form and hard to break, especially living away from home.
Anonymous – Is it worth letting my liberal friend groups know I’m conservative? If so, how should I broach the subject?
The answer depends on how close of friends you are with these people. If these are people you only do homework with or that you go out with maybe once a month, then I probably wouldn’t raise the discussion. However, if they are your close friends and they talk politics a lot, it is a discussion worth having.
I don’t think there is any gentle way to bring up the subject. Just wait until they are talking about politics and chime in. Make sure you do so in a respectful way. If you want a more subtle way to do it and you aren’t afraid to put your views on social media, you could always make one political post and they would get the hint.
Anonymous – If one supports the police but is worried about being ostracized as a racist, how should one proceed?
The narrative that is going around that says you are a racist for supporting law enforcement is asinine. There are two ways you can proceed. One, just support the police silently and don’t post about it on social media. An easy option out, but not the one I would choose. Two, work to gain the confidence you need to support the police and not care what some people might say.
If someone is going to call you a racist because you support the police, you have to be able to shrug that off. I know it is hard, but it is such a ridiculous claim. A person willing to do that to you is not a friend you want to have around anyway. Be confident. Claims as ridiculous as that don’t deserve any of your time.
Anonymous – What would you recommend that people do to stay happy this summer?
My biggest recommendation would be to get out of the house. I know there are still concerns about COVID-19 and a lot of people cancelled vacations but everyone has been cooped up since March. Most states are starting to lift restrictions and so restaurants, bars, and movie theaters are coming back. Get a couple of friends, go to a restaurant, and be social. Even introverts need to be social every once in a while. Use this summer to hang out with friends, read, and learn a new skill. Take advantage of every moment.
Anonymous – Where are some places that you think that people should go once the pandemic is over?
Well, when the pandemic will truly be over is still unknown but some states have eased their restrictions. If you live in one of those states, go to a restaurant, bar, movie theater, get a haircut, and just go see people. Once the pandemic is really over and all the states are back to normal, I think everyone should take a small vacation. We all deserve a break.
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.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.