My sister and I compiled this listicle at Counter Cultured on how millennials can survive in D.C. without becoming a part of the problem. Below is an excerpt:
Having lived in the area for some time now, we decided to compile a listicle of advice on how to succeed in D.C. All of these points are based on our own experiences and observations. We hope this list inspires others to reform the swamp from within, through the power of their character, honesty, and decency.
1. Keep your principles.
Have you ever been told to moderate your views to be accepted in the D.C. area? Don’t listen to this nonsense. D.C. culture is mysterious, exciting, and at times, scandalous. Someone will try to chide you for your beliefs. Don’t submit to them–especially if they’re an apologist for cronyism or big government. Don’t be fake; be yourself! We encourage you to stay true to your beliefs. People–especially prospective employers–appreciate honesty rather than feigned passion. Be passionate about conservatism, and don’t hold back your views. Don’t compromise your values either.
We certainly appreciate the art of imbibing here in the D.C. area, but recommend you don’t make it a daily ritual. (Remember, you’ve got a bank account balance to maintain!) As millennials, we’re inclined to try new things. Don’t simply stick to happy hours. Be SOCIALLY conservative and encourage your fellow political friends to try new things with you. Now that summer has started, go see a concert, attend festivals, try salsa dancing, host a cook-off, or get lost in one of the many museums here. Be spontaneous!
3. Don’t take advantage of your boss to get ahead.
Unfortunately, it’s commonplace for young men and women to sleep with their superiors in hopes of getting a higher, better-paid position in this town, especially on the Hill. Ladies and gentlemen, we kindly suggest you don’t fall for this one. Set yourself apart from others when you’re advancing your career by emphasizing your talents, abilities, and accomplishments to potential employers instead. Merit is a much better sell than fulfilling sexual favors when it comes to a job promotion.
4. Go outside the concrete jungle.
D.C. can be a wild, crazy place. (It’s a swamp, after all.) However, if you’re looking for more thrills than barhopping or attending a Congressional hearing, go to the outdoors. Scout out nearby lakes, rivers, beaches, and trails. Go fishing, shoot some guns at the range, hike in the Shenandoah Valley, explore wine country, and check out the Chesapeake Bay. Looking to be more adventurous? Road-trip to one of the six states neighboring the DMV. Get some fresh air and deplug for a day or two.
Thank you to everyone to tuned to The Dana Show last week! (I’ll be sure to provide a link to the full episode when it’s made available.)
I have two speaking engagements in the next few months: The first is me teaching an intern workshop on how to successfully write Letters to the Editors at Koch HQ on Tax Day next week. The next event is my company’s Student Activism Conference in Houston, TX in early June.
If you wish to have me speak at your event-preferably in the DMV or Northeast- feel free to contact me here.
It’s been a while since I last gave a speech or had a speaking engagement, so I’m happy to announce that I, my friends AnnaMaria Fronzaglia from Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s (R-KS) office and Katherine Rosario from Heritage Action, and Barney Keller from Club for Growth, will discuss how we navigated ourselves to a conservative career path. The panel will be moderated by Dr. James Wallner of the Senate Steering Committee.
Quite honestly, I’m excited the students will get to hear from us rather than more establishment Republican young professionals. Hehe.
Join College Republicans this Wednesday in Hannan 108 at 7.30PM for a panel discussion of where conservatism can take you in the work place! The panelists include Gabriella Hoffman, Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute, AnnaMaria Fronzaglia, Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Heulskamp (KS-01), and Katherine Rosario, Deputy Communications Director for Heritage Action, and Barney Keller, communications director for the Club for Growth.
The panel moderator is Dr. James Wallner, Executive Director of the Senate Republican Steering Committee who was named one of the Hill’s 50 most influential staffers by Roll Call.
Hope to see you there!
Friends and fellow activists: It gives me immense joy to announce that a chapter I wrote for the highly-successful e-book “Young, Conservative, and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” will be available in paperback on December 10th, 2013.
In this e-book, I wrote about my family history and how it inspires me to promote conservatism. I’m confident you’ll enjoy reading every story.
You can pre-order your copy on Amazon before December 10th. It’ll make the perfect gift for your children and millennials who are greatly disaffected by Obama’s policies.
“Conservative Women: The Activist The Left Doesn’t Want You to Know Exist”
Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton once opined, “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.”
Being a conservative on campus is challenging but not impossible. Conservative activism has thrived in the unlikeliest of places – even at liberal universities. Even more startling, to the dismay of leftists, is that emerging conservative activists happen to be young women.
Unsurprisingly, the elites in academia question our intelligence and have dismissed us for rejecting the status quo. For example, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill recently denied Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich and filmmaker Ann McElhinney the opportunity to speak on campus citing them as “nonintellectual,” “non-academic” and “unreliable.” (Whatever happened to diversity of thought?)
Not every young woman who attends college places her trust in paternalistic government. Instead of rallying for so-called birth control rights, socialized medicine, and big government, these activists stand for family, faith, and free markets.
Many conservative women hold prestigious degrees, job titles, and manage businesses. Many hold office or have held office. And many conservative women are involved in grassroots efforts and alternative media. So much for being nonintellectual, non-academic, and unreliable!
Conservative women have the moral courage to stand for what is right — even when our male counterparts cave to leftist pressure when the going gets tough. (Cough, cough Speaker Boehner.) We boldly stand up to the status quo, promote timeless values, and boldly articulate ideas guaranteed to make a Marxist’s head explode.
Conservative women are reliable and passionate defenders of freedom and liberty. They are effective weapons to unleash on big government and their wayward supporters. Plus, we do not hate men!
If you want to be effective on campus, enlist the help of a Mama Grizzly-in-training.
An article about my sister Anna Maria Hoffman (Counter Cultured founder/blogger) appears in Examiner.com today.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
For those inclined to believe there are no young people in line to inherit the mantle of perpetuating the traditional values which have wrought God’s blessings upon the U.S.A., Examiner gives you Anna Maria Hoffman.
While many Christian youth fritter away the time playing “church,” being trendy and “tolerant” sipping their Starbucks Grande Frappuccinos, and discussing what new “ink” they want next, this remarkable, God-fearing lady at the tender age of 20 devotes an abundant part of hers championing traditional values.
An outspoken apologist of Christian morality, particularly – but certainly not exclusively – through the Counter Cultured blog she created and co-administrates with others including her sister Gabriella, Anna Maria is engaging the American culture head-on and full-out.
By all appearances a kind-hearted but certainly most uncompromising soul, this conservative pro-life, pro-natural marriage activist bravely jumps into the fray in a manner which would weaken the knees of many other Christians.
Anna Maria has been active interning for the D.C. based Family Research Council in the past and intends to return this summer after she graduates (this week) from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Human Development.
This despite having been inside the FRC facility during last year’s shooting in which heroic building manager Leo Johnson was shot and wounded while thwarting what could easily have been a horrific killing spree.
Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, wrote an article in Breitbart about “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us.“
Here is an excerpt featuring my thoughts:
Gabriella Hoffman, who is a first generation American, talks in great detail about her grandparents and parents growing up in a collectivist Soviet Union. In a phone interview, Gabriella said, “Most young people would be conservatives if they understood history. I meet students everyday that don’t understand the brutality or inhumanity of communistic regimes. Since my family had to live through it, I have a deeper appreciation for the country we live in.”
I am one of 14 co-authors of the e-book. Order your copy today!
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Today I was featured in Leadership Institute’s The 22Q series about my activism and my work with the conservative nonprofit.
Here’s more about the new series:
The 22Q is an informal interview series with young conservatives, connected to LI, who are working in the public policy process. The 22 questions ask them to explain what they do, and how they see politics and the next generation of the conservative movement. Their opinions are their own, and are not endorsed by the Leadership Institute.
An excerpt from my interview:
Part 1: What I do
How I describe my job in 10 words
Working with students to advance conservatism on campus is rewarding
My day-to-day at work…in three sentences
Checking my email; updating our database with student contacts; reaching out to students via phone call, Facebook, or email; eating; talking with co-workers; researching and finding liberal bias.
I couldn’t do my job without
Sunny optimism. I try to be positive and happy all the time. Challenging the left can be daunting, so I try to make the best of things handed my way.
Most important moment in my career (so far)
Being mentioned on the Rush Limbaugh Show for an interview I did for FoxNews.com on January 11, 2013. He mentioned my thoughts about payroll tax expiration. I was in disbelief! My dad, a huge Rush fan, called me the moment he heard my name on the air. It was amazing.
Unexpected skill that has helped me the most
I would say that multitasking has helped me the most. Juggling many things can be difficult at times, but it has proven to be beneficial in the work I do.
The best advice I have received
My dad once said, “In order to be equal, you have to be three times better than the rest.” My parents taught me to work hard, to enjoy the fruits of my labor, and to be the best individual I could possibly be.
I have excellent news: I’m going to be a published author! Well, sort of.
Don’t expect any full-length books from me anytime soon. I’m only 21 and still need more life experience before chronicling events, activism, and thoughts. I still need to grow, adequately educate myself on history better, and become more well-read. But I digress…
Yesterday it was revealed that an e-book I co-authored with 13 other young conservatives entitled “Young, Conservative, and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” will be published this April 9, 2013.
The e-book features yours truly, RJ Moeller, Liz Thatcher, Liberty Betts, Kevin Eder, Allen Ginzburg, Mary Chastain, Daniel Webb, Brady Cremeens, Brandon Morse, Katelynd Shaw, Erin Brown, and Dina Fraioli.
Be sure to look out for it!