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I remember walking into the Student Organizations Fair during the fall semester of my freshman year and immediately looking for the College Republicans table. I knew it would be the only way I could survive the next few years at a school as liberal as the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Since then, I have been a part of an incredible organization that has helped shaped my college career.

Because this semester ends and it is the calm before the next storm that is election season, it is the perfect time for you to get involved in your school’s chapter or even start one. If you need any reasons why, here are five.

1) Networking

Many college students are most likely sick of hearing this word, but being involved in College Republicans has taught me both the basics and the value of networking. Coming in, this was a foreign concept to me. Through different events our chapter has put on, like an Internship Fair, I have been able to see what networking can do. Being involved in College Republicans will present you with opportunities to reach out to upperclassman who have done an internship you are interested in or reach out to staff members of a legislator you would like to intern for, all while building up tools you need to successfully do so.

2) Internship opportunities

While this is largely connected to networking, it is still one of my favorite reasons to get involved. One of the dreaded realizations that seems to happen right after fall finals are finished is the need for a summer internship. Going to College Republicans meetings may aid you in this. Through our chapter, many state legislators reach out looking for students to intern in their offices. Granted, each chapter varies, but I would recommend reaching out to your chair or executive board if you are looking for opportunities.

3) Events and socials

Everyone’s favorite part of being involved in student organizations are the socials – let’s be real, I am only half joking. From Gun Range Events to watch parties for local sporting events, College Republicans know how to live up to the motto, “the Best Party on Campus.” By attending these events, you will have opportunities to meet different conservatives on campus, take a much needed study break, and have fun.

4) Connect with other conservatives on campus

Being involved in College Republicans has allowed me to see that there are more Republicans on campus than I had previously imagined. It also introduced me to some of the friends I have today. It is always nice to be sitting in a class while a liberal professor rants on about his or her ideology and seeing a familiar face that you know is just as annoyed as you are.

5) Gearing up for the elections

Whether we have recovered from 2016 or not, election season will be here before we know it.  Getting involved in College Republicans will allow you to witness how the groundwork is laid for succesful campaigns. You will see various people who are considering running and how they launch their campaigns. On top of that, it will give you the opportunity to possibly work on a campaign from the beginning, which is an incredible experience.

Being involved in this organization has allowed me to become more confident in my political beliefs, meet incredible people, and has given me many amazing opportunities. I urge you to get involved in your school’s chapter or start your own today.

Bailey L
Bailey is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who enjoys writing, traveling, and coffee. When she isn't working, you can find her with her nose in a book or planning her next adventure.

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