For some of you reading this, you’ve already been in college for a while. For others, this will be your first fall semester in college as a freshman. You’ll be shocked that you are one of the only ones around that’s a Conservative. To help alleviate this frustration, here’s a guide for the Conservative college students headed back to campus:
1. Head’s up, everyone that surrounds you on campus, including professors and students will more than likely be liberal. It’s the constant struggle that all Conservative college students face. At times you may feel like you’re one in a million because your political views are so different than the people around you. Don’t be discouraged, there are Conservatives on your campus–I promise. You just have to find them.
2. The classes will be biased–mostly against you. Don’t be afraid to speak up even if your opinion is different than your professors. However, do not be rude. They are still your professor and they are in charge of the classroom. If a professor ever truly picks on you in a distasteful way about your beliefs being different than his or hers, contact an administrator. Some good administrators to start out having conversations with are you college’s Vice President of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, or the department head of that specific academic area. Having differing opinions is okay in a college setting; being mistreated because of them is not okay and should not be tolerated.
3. You will be shocked at how easily students absorb Liberal teachings. Some conservative students even get swept away by these teachers and change their morals and ideals. Don’t fall into this trap. Keep thinking and reasoning for yourself.
4. Join a Conservative organization. Nearly all colleges will have a College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, Young Americans Foundation, or some other Conservative group. Joining these groups from the start can help weed out some of the Democrat trolls who will despise your existence because you are a Republican. You will always feel more at home and be in good company around fellow Conservatives.
5. If you’re interested in going into political policy-making or government work in the future, join your Student Government Association at your college. It doesn’t matter if everyone is a Liberal in your SGA, if you’re competent and a hard-worker you can accomplish great things while on campus. Most schools’ SGA’s will be non-partisan.
6. If you want to start a riot, do so respectfully. Chances are, your views will be almost always different than other people. If you’re mad about something and want someone to know about it, don’t use profane language or insult anyone in the name of your Conservative cause. That makes the rest of us look like we all belong in the Westboro Baptist Church. You’re still under the authority of the administration at your college, even if you disagree with them. Make sure you are following the set-aside rules for protesting and spreading information to other students on campus.
7. Be prepared for your new college friends to start trolling you on Facebook and Twitter when you voice your political opinion. This will especially become apparent when election season is rolling around where everyone who never cared about politics suddenly turns into Rush Limbaugh-esque commentator on social media.
8. Get connected with local Republican politicians and Conservative groups in your community. Sometimes seeking Conservative companions off campus is greatly rewarding. The older members of these groups would love to see younger members and college-age involvement. You might even end up getting an internship or working on a campaign. Getting your name “out there” off campus is extremely important if you’re wanting to go into politics.
9. Wearing Republican/Conservative t-shirts, stickers, pins, and putting stickers on your laptop in class will almost always spark a conversation with professors and other students. They will probably call you weird, or grill you on your ideology. But, if you know what you’re talking about then you should be okay. Just don’t start a political World War III in the classroom about your differing political views than your peers.
10. Join the young Conservative cause online. There are thousands of other college-aged students like yourself going through the daily struggles of living on a Liberal campus. Start following young Conservatives on Twitter, Facebook, blogs like this one, and YouTube. You just might be surprised that you will meet some of your most supportive team of companions online.
For all of you headed back to campus this month, welcome back! Best of luck with your Conservative endeavors, and may the odds be ever in your favor.