For young conservative politicos, making like-minded friends on college campuses can be tricky. In the age of social media and expanded campus involvement, it’s just a little bit easier. By using your networks effectively, you can find conservative friends on and off your specific campus.

Find a conservative group on campus you align with 

This one may seem like the most obvious step. Look up which conservative groups are present on your campus. Show up to a meeting and introduce yourself to the members. The chapter isn’t going to come and find you. If you want to get involved and network, find your school’s chapter on a university database or social media. For me, College Republicans was my conservative club of choice, but there are a plethora including YAF, TPUSA, YAL, etc. Getting involved with my CRs has opened so many doors in my college career and led me to some great friends and coworkers. It could for you too! 

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Decorate your laptop and wear political gear

It can be nerve-wracking to own your beliefs on a college campus that most likely practices censorship at nearly every turn, but odds are that someone else in at least one of your classes is having the same thoughts as you. Bonding over being the ideological minority can be the base for a great friendship down the road. Just one laptop sticker or some FFL gear could start a great conversation between you and a new conservative friend.

Find a conservative group dedicated to conservative women

To specifically meet other conservative women, there are a few groups that have chapters on college campuses or in communities across the country, including Future Female Leaders, NeW, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s Luce Society, Young Women for America, Iand more. Getting involved in a can begin friendships and career opportunities. You’d not only be making friends, but you’d be developing yourself into a young professional.

Share your beliefs civilly on social media

It sounds strange, but it’s easy to make “Internet friends” just by being open with your political beliefs on your Twitter account. As long as you maintain civility and respect, the college conservative community will be open to your input. Although hashtag activism should never be the be-all-end-all of your political career, it’s a great way to network. At CPAC every year, young conservatives who only know of each other through Twitter meet for the first time. In fact, some even create life-long friendships.

Join Future Female Leaders

Of course, one of the leading groups for conservative women is a great place to network with fellow conservative women. FFL is great place to share ideas, meet women from all over the country and develop professional skills. FFL is a great place to get advice from women who have been in your shoes or have similar goals and aspirations. Your fellow conservative women can give you advice along your own journey. To gain a family of conservative “sisters” join the Future Female Leaders Network here or  apply to be a contributor or Cabinet Member now.

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Networking and building friendships is a huge component of any successful college experience. Having friends with different views than you is essential, but it’s important to have a few on your “side” as well.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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