When I first started college, I gained a valuable skill: I was forced to defend the values that I cherished, upheld, and believed in with every fiber of my being. As I continued college, my political efficacy developed and I realized the “why?” of my political convictions. I’m a conservative because I believe in personal responsibility and individuality. I want to keep what I’ve worked hard for and I don’t want to share my paycheck with the government. Ultimately, I’m a conservative because conservatism empowers me to accomplish my goals and be the kind of woman who can make a difference in the world.