Colleges are not what they used to be. It used to be a place where you could think, write, and speak freely about your opinions without having to be shunned for it. It should be a place to share different ideas. That is not the case anymore. Colleges have been overrun by politically correct professors and administrators that are afraid of hurting people's feelings rather than caring about all of the students. Many colleges are having remote courses on Zoom or WebEx due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
I am currently a senior at a liberal arts college in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. I am a member of the College Republicans and I sit on my colleges Student Government Association (SGA) as a Senator-at-Large. Yes, I have experienced bias on campus for being a conservative. This includes having points taken off of my exams just for showing my political opinion and being scolded while tabling for the College Republicans. Many people have asked me the question, What is it like being a conservative on a liberal campus? I always give the same answer: It’s tough. I say this answer because the majority of students, faculty, and administration are always going to be against you.
The best way to have a great college experience while being passionate about your conservative views is 1. Make friends with like-minded people. 2. Join as many conservative clubs on campus as you can. If there is not a conservative club on your campus then charter one of your own! 3. Read, read, and read some more! The only way you can win the debates with your professors and students is by being informed of what is going on in our nation.
When I became a vocal voice on my campus for conservatives, most people who I thought were my friends stopped talking to me. Some of them even ignored me when I saw them walking around campus. Since I was open about being a conservative most people did not want to be around me. I ended up finding friends who were like-minded. These are my core friends. However, we do not have to agree on everything politically to be friends as long as we are tolerant of one another. Although I lost a lot of friends after being a vocal conservative on campus, I am still friends with people on the other side of the aisle. Although we do not get along politically, I am still able to maintain a friendship with them.
It is always okay to be a conservative on a college campus. Even though it is a rarity now. You should never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone. If you are a college student that is indifferent to your political leaning, you are not alone! Watch this PragerU video on why Jay Stephan's college experience made her a conservative!