In February 2015, the Young Americans for Liberty at the University of South Carolina made a comeback on campus after being on the brink of extinction. However, the chapter’s road to becoming a force for Liberty on campus was not smooth. In fact, there were many instances of uncertainty. When we held our first meeting as a chapter on February 10, few people came.
When our numbers didn’t grow over the several weeks that followed, I secretly began to wonder if our chapter would survive. I had my concerns, and they weren’t entirely unfounded. After all, I had never led an organization before. I was also worried that I would be seen as a traitor to my fellow members of College Republicans.
To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if a group like Young Americans for Liberty could find a place at USC, especially given that College Republicans, College Democrats, and College Libertarians already have chapters here.
However, what I quickly realized is that we could reach people who would never join a student organization that formally identifies with a particular political party. But most importantly, I realized that our message of liberty is popular, and that it resonates with so many people on all sides of the political spectrum. Very quickly, my concerns were put to rest.
Over the course of the semester, our Young Americans for Liberty chapter has experienced so much growth, and our chapter has achieved so many great things! I am so proud of each and every one of our members, and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to be serving them as their President! I’m looking forward to the Fall semester, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what awesome opportunities await our chapter in the future!
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