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Senior Spotlight: Kathleen Sharkey, NeW at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Congratulations to our graduating seniors and thank you for your work with NeW! We are pleased to spotlight some of our outstanding chapter leaders and members.

Meet Kathleen Sharkey, Secretary of NeW at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

What were some of your favorite events that you participated in with NeW?
I really enjoyed two chapter meetings in particular from this past school year. One was the first meeting in which we met new members, and — especially since we are a new chapter — it was exciting to see the enthusiasm about the mission of this organization. I also very much enjoyed our chapter meeting after the election, during which we explored the Michigan local and state elections in particular as we are a swing state.

What are your plans after graduation? 
I will be attending Vanderbilt Law School this fall.

What advice would you give to a conservative woman starting college?
I would encourage conservative women starting college to stay confident in their beliefs and not to be afraid of the backlash they may face. It is especially difficult in this cancel-culture era to handle the constant criticism, but I think it is more important to stay true to your beliefs than falter to the mainstream.

How has NeW impacted you and prepared you for your next steps?
NeW has given me a strong, unique community of conservative women who genuinely care about one another and are supportive of their interests. It also has provided many conservative resources that are crucial in the mainly liberal college culture. NeW has given me many professional resources that have aided my resume-building and networking skills.

Why is NeW important to you?
NeW is important to me because it has empowered me to feel confident in my conservative beliefs on a dominantly liberal college campus. It has also introduced me to so many amazing women who share my beliefs and support one another.

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