How Long have you been involved in NeW?
The past 4 semesters
Did you hold any Leadership Positions?
Policy Analyst, 2009-2010
What has been the most rewarding experience during your involvement in NeW?
It's hard to point to just one rewarding experience. In my opinion, my ENTIRE experience with NeW has been terrific. As a political science major, I rarely came across a conservative in my classes. When I was lucky enough to come across someone who would admit to being a conservative, rarely would he or she volunteer to share his or her conservative during class or even before class in plain conversation. This reluctance developed out of fear of going against the assumed "liberal" ideology of of a poli sci major.
However, NeW afforded me the opportunity to be able to converse and learn from beautiful and articulate culturally conservative women. It was so rewarding to come to meetings where everyone embraced the same ideology as myself. Moreover, my entire NeW experience was a beacon of inspiration and helped grow my own conservative convictions.
What is something you learned in your NeW Book Club?
As the Policy Analyst for one year, I did a lot of research about both current and historical events and policy issues as well as conservative women. With this research I learned so much that I never knew before and shared this new found information during my policy reports at bi-weekly meetings.
Do you plan to stay involved in the conservative movement and/or politics after graduation? If so, how?
Oh yes! Since a young age I have had a profound interest in politics and this interest was the driving influence for the selection of my undergraduate major. I eventually will couple a Master's Degree in Public Affairs with a J.D. in hopes of one day working for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., spreading a culture of life message, and preserving the U.S. Constitution. Ultimately, I feel that I have been called to promote conservative values and that's what I intend to do.
What advice would you leave to younger members of NeW?
The advice that I would leave to younger members of NeW is taken from a line in the movie Field of Dreams, a popular movie from the 90's starring Kevin Costner. The line is as follows: "If you build it, they will come." Simply put, don't get discouraged when your membership roles are not very high. You have worked so hard to "build" a NeW chapter on your campus all you need to do is advertise affectively for your club and "they will come." That's how I learned about and subsequently became involved with NeW at UF.
I would encourage younger members to table rigorously at the beginning of the upcoming academic year, working to recruit new members. Also, flyering at popular locations on campus and word of mouth can be crucial to club promotion and recruitment. In sum, stay true to your conservative principles and invite young women from all across your campus to come to your meetings. After all, I firmly believe that if UF NeW had not been "built" my conservative convictions would not be as strong as they are today.
And some special remarks from fellow NeW at UF President, Elizabeth:
"Jean brings a powerful mix of her knowledge and passion for politics to our NeW Chapter. She strives to inform us about the issues and educate us on current hot topics. Jean is both a friend and a teacher to our chapter. We are so honored to call her a member of our chapter."
Jean at her graduation reception with
fellow NeW at UF Officers, Katie and Rachel.