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Peyton Smith

American University

From a very young age, I’ve been interested in politics and the effects that it has on everyday life. I vividly remember sitting with family friends watching the results roll in for the 2004 election, as a seven year old, and wondering how I could become more involved in this field. Ever since that moment, I have researched, read, and searched for any and all information regarding politics. In my early teens, I came to the conclusion that I belonged in the conservative base. I did not want to be a conservative just because my parents were; I decided to become a conservative because of countless moral, religious, economic, and policy reasons.

I believe that a baby is a human being from conception. I am in favor of a free-market economy. I am an avid supporter of our Constitutional rights. I am fiercely patriotic and want to protect the America that our Founding Fathers fought so hard for 240 years ago. Additionally, as a strong, independent woman, I do not want to be associated with a group that often portrays women as victims. I do not feel victimized by society: in fact, I feel fortunate to live in a country that allows women to be active in our political system, economy, and society as a whole.

Going forward, I know it will be tough to be the minority in a sea of liberalism at my university; however, I am prepared to stand firm in my beliefs and exercise my First Amendment rights on campus. I am especially thankful for NeW and their wonderful community of like-minded conservative women. I hope to remain involved in NeW throughout college and proudly show what a conservative women looks like to my peers.

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