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  • Brendon NCSCBy: 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.

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