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My First CPAC Experience

 

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC. Few events in the political world rival CPAC in size or reputation. It takes place every year just minutes outside of the nation’s capital, with enthusiastic red-blooded Americans surfacing from every corner of the country. And despite the stereotypes associated with being right of center in American politics, at least half of the 10,000 attendees were college students. I was lucky enough to go with Turning Point USA, a national organization that works on high school and college campuses to educate students on capitalism, free markets and limited government.

I was intimidated. I was overwhelmed. But most of all I was inspired.

Here’s what I learned:

Spend as little time in your room as possible. Every minute you spend unproductively in your room, you lose an infinite number of possibilitiesYou can sleep when you get home.

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Do your research. It’s close to impossible to memorize every prominent figure in conservative politics, but the more research you do, figuring out who’s who, the less likely your chances of taking an elevator with a senator and being completely unaware.

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Beware the media. Liberal journalists and reporters flock to CPAC every year trying to find the most incriminating soundbites to portray conservatives as the backwards rednecks they wish we were.

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Overpack. You should probably have at least two outfit options per day. At CPAC you can never be over-dressed or over-educated, but if you can avoid being the person in a tux at a business casual event, why not?

I’m Actually Feeling 22

 

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  • Thanks @ my employer for the amazing company outings/events but please stop leaving free Panera and Chick-Fil-A in the kitchen or the next pic I take in this bikini will look like I’m announcing a pregnancy
  • BIG FACTS: you can never have too many button downs or stationary options
  • Your boots were made for walkin, my boots were made for taking pictures because I look like a baby antelope taking my first steps
  • Room by target, body by the Pizza Hut inside of target
  • What a beautiful day to drain some swamp
  • Currently look and smell like a DC hobo so here’s an old semi presentable selfie
  • (DRAMATICC CAPTION NOT REALLY RELATED TO THIS PIC BUT AT LEAST ITS NOT A CLEAVAGE SELFIE WITH A FAKE DEEP QUOTE)
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I’ve been in a pretty bad mood all week and unfortunately can’t blame it on my period, but nothing quite puts anything in perspective like thinking about the fact that a year ago today I was fired — and it ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me even though at the time I obviously didn’t feel that way, and I didn’t feel that way 4 months later still being rejected by every job after job.
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And looking back, I don’t know why I had such little faith because in so many situations you see the same theme.
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I couldn’t be happier to not have ended up with any of the clowns I made emo away statuses about on AIM in high school or subtweeted in college lol
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Rejection & disappointment — whether from friends, baes, colleges, or employers can destroy us in every sense of the word, but they can also be some of the best opportunities we’ll ever have.
  • I dress like an affluent serial killer named Chip because I’m strategically murdering these fundraising emails my guy
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