Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
– Atlas Shrugged

I was a radical liberal in high school. But one summer during college, I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and my eyes were opened wide. I also worked at a summer camp in the Bronx and experienced firsthand how liberal policies have failed America’s children and families. These policies have created a culture of entitlement and lethargy instead of a culture of family values, hard work and perseverance. This made me completely reevaluate my beliefs.

Why are you a conservative? Leave a comment below and share your story.

My move to the right was a slow and painful process during which I constantly found myself wondering if my empathy for those less fortunate had changed with my political leanings.

Despite the liberal line that conservatives are cold and heartless, I just moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where I will be spending at least the next year teaching fifth grade to local village children.

Even though I’m living halfway around the world, I still pay close attention to what’s going on back home. Thankfully, The Heritage Foundation makes it easy for me to stay informed about the major issues and policy debates in America.

My time in Cambodia so far has been amazing (be sure to try the mangosteen if you ever visit), and I’m so excited to teach young children here and make a positive impact in their lives. You can take a look at some of my pictures from Cambodia here.

Being a conservative doesn’t mean I am heartless. Quite the contrary – I am a conservative because I believe in hard work and personal responsibility and I want to see people achieve success on their own.

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