While trying to figure out what my first post would be here at Red Millennial, I realized that the timing couldn’t be better to do a piece on something near and dear to so many young conservatives: the rampant liberalism that has engulfed college campuses and how to fight back against it.
When I arrived on campus at James Madison University exactly a year ago, I was of course extremely excited to be attending such a great school. Being from a strong conservative background, however, I was a little apprehensive of being thrown into what many had been telling me was an extremely liberal environment.
Knowing this I immediately joined the College Republican club on campus and at the first meeting volunteered to be an intern on the Romney Victory efforts in Harrisonburg. While interning alongside 50 other JMU students, I realized that while maybe in the slight minority and while some of my professors pretty much campaigned on behalf of President Obama in class, there really are a lot of conservative college students out there. In the group of 6 dorm rooms where I lived for example, eight of the ten guys who voted in 2012 cast their ballots for Romney. I was also fortunate to actually have a conservative economics professor in my first semester whose lectures have gone a long way to shaping my economic beliefs.
So if you’re about to embark on your first year of college and are as worried about being brainwashed by liberal ideology, there is hope for you. Join your campus’ College Republican or Libertarian club, volunteer for a political campaign or even join Greek life (which at many schools are hotbeds of conservatism). If you don’t want to do any of those things, just being alert for bias in your textbooks and class lectures and seeking alternate opinions will do just fine. If I’ve learned one thing about politics in the past year it’s that the current 18-29 year-old demographic will be a conservative one in the future, even if many of them don’t know it yet.
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