I was not a political person until I became a junior in high school. Sure, I was the most vocal about voting for Bush in our school’s mock election when I was in second grade, but other than that I hated that my dad always had Fox News on, and whenever my brother Andrew brought up something political I tuned it out. He tried the High School Page Program his junior year and talked about how much fun he had. I wanted to do it for the social aspect. I’d get to meet kids across the state AND miss a whole week of school. The catch was that I thought I’d better learn a little bit about politics before I went. It turned out to be the experience of a lifetime. I had always thought that as a young person I wouldn’t exactly be of any help to a campaign. I was wrong. I met Randy Demmer during the program and found out that I could help by phone calling his delegates before the endorsing convention. I walked in a couple parades with him and I contacted each and every classmate I knew who was of voting age and encouraged them to vote for Randy. It wasn’t much but I decided that I actually liked to feel like I was making some sort of different. That fall I was fortunate to attend a protest of Obama’s visit to the U with Andrew and a couple other College Republicans. I’d never felt so hated and loved at the same time as we received mixed reactions. It was exhilarating. I was in the process of searching for the right college, and the size and strength of the College Republicans chapter may or may not have impacted my final decision. I was one of those students who bee-lined it to the CR table at the activities fair the fall of my freshman year at St. Thomas.
I know my story differs from many other students who have become active in College Republicans. For the most part I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I came because I wanted to make a difference, but I truly ended up staying because I met friends for a lifetime. It’s not that we even discuss politics THAT often, but it’s refreshing to spend time with like-minded individuals who love freedom as much as I do.
We are presented with many opportunities as College Republicans that many people never get a chance to do: take a coach bus out to conferences in DC, meet some of the most powerful people in the country, take part in meaningful internships, and most importantly, become a true leader of our generation. It’s quite clear that our nation is at a crossroads. As a College Republican we can ensure our generation’s concerns are not only heard, but are addressed. You can make a difference as a young person, and we invite you to join us in these efforts!
Angie Hasek, St. Thomas