As the academic year is coming to a close, the Network of enlightened Women wants to take some time to recognize our members who are graduating this semester to thank them for their hard work and dedication to our organization. This spotlight is highlighting Monika Konrad from the University of Michigan.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be interning in Japan in July and August, working with and mentoring high school students and facilitating English language skills with them. I also applied to the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy for a Master’s degree and will find out by the end of this month for the 2019-2020 school year.
What is one thing you have gained from NeW?
I have developed more confidence in my conservative identity through NeW and have been able to express my conservative ideology more on campus! I also have gained a new community of conservative women that support the same beliefs and values as me.
What is your favorite part or memory of NeW?
My favorite part of NeW is the community aspect. Through NeW, we have been able to not only create our own community but expand into the conservative community on campus by working with Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and Student’s for Liberty (SFL). I have really enjoyed working with them and feel really privileged to be welcomed into this community. My favorite memory was going to CPAC and Brienna with the sponsorship of NeW. I also really enjoyed the dinner following YAF’s Ben Shapiro event because we had new members join us and they seemed really excited about NeW!
What is one piece of advice you would give to conservative women starting college?
Be confident in who you are and what you believe. There is a community out there that exists to support you, you just have to find it. You don’t have to conform to a liberal ideology to feel like you have a place on campus.