Activism 101: How To Get Students Talking On Campus
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The truth is that it’s difficult to get students intrigued with politics on campus. While busy with relationships, school, work, and having a social life, politics are not particularly a first priority for some. It is important and useful to know how to getting students up and listening to what conservative politicos have to say.
The key to get students talking on campus is having an overall appealing message relating to students. Turn your message into something that college students can relate to such as images that they have seen before or catchy phrases. Students are not likely to join something that they know nothing about. A few of the best ways to get a message across to students are through social media and tabling on campus.
Social media plays a generous role in getting the word out to millennials. The average adult spends 20 hours per week online–use this to your advantage! Make Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and any other accounts that will help spread the word about your organization and follow as many people as possible on campus who will potentially join your club. Make your social media accounts as visually appealing as possible–people will gravitate towards accounts like these!
Tabling on campus plays a colossal part in gathering potential members. Face to face communication is the most effective form of communication. Make sure to have a message prepared to inform your audience that is both intriguing and relates to them individually. Politics can be intimidating due to the fact that not all millennials pay attention. Bring it down to a level in which someone who does not regularly engage in politics can understand. Making your message engaging is a huge factor in determining whether or not people leave wanting to know more. Nobody wants to join a boring political club. Make sure to communicate passionately why you believe what you do and why they should, too.
Make meetings fun, alluring, and original! College students are looking for interesting things to get involved in. At each meeting ask group members what they would like to do and fully open up the room for discussion to make everyone feel engaged. Making members feel important will lead them to come back in the end. Political issues can be depressing and overall uninteresting, however it’s up to you to make it as compelling as possible.
Activism can be tough to pursue on campus, but with experience comes expertise. It becomes enjoyable convincing others why what you believe should be apparent to them as well. When you’re portraying a message that you love and are passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work at the end of the day. Have a message and deliver it with positive, light-hearted conversation. Once you’ve completed a conversation, definitely gather their contact information and give them a few pamphlets to look at later explaining what your group is about. Stay in touch and make them feel welcome! When most think of political activism groups, pleasant thoughts do not come to mind. It’s your duty to reshape their opinion about politics in their everyday lives. Being loud and mixing up the norm will undoubtedly get students talking on campus–don’t be afraid to make waves!