Last Wednesday, February 22, our new Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Alderson Broaddus University held our first recruiting event. We had the opportunity to table outside the dining hall from 11 to 1, and I was pleased with the number of students we were able to engage. A few other members and I hung around the table and engaged with various students as they came to and left lunch. We handed out a number of materials about Young Americans for Liberty and several Constitutions. We obtained a sheet full of signatures signaling interest in the organization, and it appears that we are well on our way to recognition from the school. Four small posters that referenced popular culture brought many students to our table, where they engaged with the materials we had to offer and the conversation I could present about liberty.
The experience tabling opened my eyes to some things on my small campus. There are a small percentage of students participating in student organizations. Alderson Broaddus is a school where about seventy percent of students are athletes, and many students are pressed for time to dedicate to organizations. Therefore, I have identified it as my task to figure out how to motivate those students who are passionate about liberty. There are more of them out there than I originally thought. We just have to get them to act on their beliefs and commit to something worthwhile.