By: Brendon Najm, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar
I attended my first National Conservative Student Conference in
the summer of 2011. My life hasn't been the same since that
experience. Whether it's hearing from the most prominent
conservatives of our era or networking with like-minded peers,
nobody is ever the same after such a momentous event.
From policy to intellectual ammunition, NCSC never disappoints.
The conference reinforces the conservative message with incredible
conservative thinkers with personalities like Dr. Ben
Carson, Dr. Robbie George, Dr. Walter Williams, and many
more. Then our movement's great policy-makers demonstrate where the
rubber meets the road. Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA), Sen.
Mike Lee (UT), and Sen. Rick Santorum
(PA) join a host of others to illustrate how
Conservative principles are put into practice. NCSC doesn't send
any activists home without being fully motivated, either. Media personalities such as Bay Buchanan, Kate Obenshain, and
Rachel Campos-Duffy work to rally the troops and
light a fire under everyone in the room.
We cannot forget the all-important networking side of the
brilliant 6-day event. NCSC has given me friendships that are
proving to stand the test of time. People at NCSC are friendly and
approachable. However, it's their long-term value that's
irreplaceable. Through my first NCSC in 2011, to NCSC in 2012, and
right into this year's conference, my conservative peers have kept
in touch despite living all across the country. Keeping in contact
with information exchanged over conference dinners and free-time
has enabled amazing network longevity for folks in YAF circles.
If you're missing the National Conservative Student Conference,
you're making a huge mistake. If you've never been, definitely
attend, and you'll never want to miss another Young America's
Foundation event. For so many conservative activists, this summer
conference at George Washington University is the gateway to a
bright future in the Conservative Movement. I'd strongly encourage
anyone to go online and register to give it a shot. You certainly
won't regret it. I haven't.
*Brendon is a senior political science and urban studies major at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Currently, he is the chairman of the newly formed Young Americans for Freedom Chapter at Canisius.