The connotation behind those four words sends anticipation through my veins! And rightfully so. It’s been on my mind… since my friend and I decided to start a new group on campus.
Young Americans for Freedom, or YAF, as we like to call it, will be an official group at TCU next year. Add it to the top of the list of opportunities- A.K.A. 200+ student organizations- TCU offers for students to get involved in!
With so many clubs on campus, what is this new group all about, you ask? Well let me tell you! YAF is a branch of the Young America’s Foundation. And the goal is to advance conservative ideas on campus.
Young America’s foundation provides each school’s YAF chapter with conferences, seminars, speakers, internships, posters, and materials for students. And they do some pretty cool stuff! (Check out this link to see for yourself…. http://www.yaf.org/campusprojects.aspx).
My friend Kathleen D’Urso, who’s really the one spearheading this organization (props to this superwoman!), and I have noticed that it is easy for not just students, but teachers, and college campuses in general and as a whole, to take a more lackadaisical approach when it comes to social issues, and politics in specific. Being the poli sci minor, social change activist that I am, I feel really passionately about YAF and it’s mission. There’s so much that we as college students can do to change the things we see in the world that we don’t like. (Watch vid blow… Completely unrelated, totally inspirational)!
I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’ve never initiated a campus- wide organization. I’ve never co-chaired a club and run meetings. Never been in charge of planning campus activism events, hosting speakers, attending conferences. Yet, these are precisely the things YAF is going to be doing here, at TCU, on MY, YOUR, OUR campus! Once, and when, we ensure a fan base and committed followers (and become an official TCU organization), we will start planning and DOING. That’s key for YAF. We’re not a group that’s going to meet one night once a week, every week simply for the sake of meeting. Of course we’ll come together as fellow supporters of liberty, but we’ll meet to plan activitsm events, to talk about issues we see on our campus specifically, to invite speakers, and to make sure that the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values are being upheld in our school, and our dear city of Fort Worth, and even dearer state of Texas.
Many of those showing commitment/ interest/ possible interest in this group are honors students (JVR plug right there), though there exists a wide variety of majors, backgrounds, and political views (no, you do not have to be a raging conservative to hang with us YAF’ers). So we’ve reached out.
We will be meeting for the first, and only, time this semester on the infamous WEDNESDAY, March 14 (infamous because we are meeting for the first, and only, time this semester). It will be in the Beck and Geren room in the BLUU @ 7:15 pm (hark, this is an invite to any and all!), and it will be a meeting of the short and casual sort, with pizza and pop. We hope to see You And Friends there!!! (See what I did right there?)