I am excited to wake up every day and go to work, that’s impossible right? However, I am one of the lucky ones who loves her job and cannot wait to wake every morning and do my job! That’s right, I love my job, and I am privileged to have my passion became my job. I go out in the world and I make a difference, all while getting to relive my college days and visit campuses around the state of Florida (and the United States), and speak with students, teaching them the meaning of Capitalism and how we need to save it.
Now, a little about me and how my love for politics started. I was born in New York to an Italian, Catholic and Jewish Family. My parents divorced and I moved to Florida with my mother and her side of the family. Not liking my mother at that time for the move, but looking back now, it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me! I was able to experience many things, including interning for a congressman beginning at the age of 15 – this would have never happened if I stayed in New York.
My family was always split down the middle (and still is to this day) regarding political views. In my family, you are either very liberal or very conservative, there is no middle ground. Despite both sides being so different, my parents didn’t push their agenda on me and let me make a choice on my own. They let me think for myself and decide what was best for me. That choice came very easy to me and without a doubt I knew I was a Conservative. I believed (and still do) we need less Government involvement and as Americans need to be less dependent on the Government. So even though I chose a conservative viewpoint on politics, and not a liberal one, my liberal side of the family took it with a grain of salt, and I must say, it truly makes the dynamics interesting because there is nothing like debating with your liberal-minded Uncle.
I became involved in politics by chance. I attended a small Catholic High School in Saint Augustine, FL and was chosen to one of the students to represent my school along with the City of Saint Augustine to their Sister City in Spain, Aviles. Through this program I worked closely with the local government officials, and the more I became involved, the more I loved politics. It was an amazing experience as a teenager to work alongside the mayor and the officials and to travel to Spain knowing I was a “government” representative for our city. Through this amazing experience, I was able to meet Congressman John Mica, who opened a door for me, which I am forever grateful for and could never repay him for! Congressman Mica gave me the opportunity to intern in his local office, paving the way for my passion and career in politics.
This brings us to today, and my experience with working with an amazing organization called Turning Point USA. I had heard such amazing things about the organization and one day took it upon me to research TPUSA. I fell in love immediately with the idea if spreading the conservative movement on college campuses. I wish I had an organization like this when I was in college, and I knew right then and there that I wanted to work for Turning Point USA and I was going to make it happen!
Lucky for me, there was a job position opening in my area and I applied immediately. Several weeks later I received a phone call from one of the Field Directors in South Florida. I knew talking to him, that this was the job for me and I was going to find a way to make it happen. With more luck bestowed my way, a few weeks later, I interviewed with Crystal (the National Field Director) and the amazing Charlie Kirk (founder of TPUSA). The conversation was so natural and I just could not stop smiling after speaking with both of them. The next morning I was in awe; I had received my offer letter to become a Field Director with Turning Point USA. My dreams were becoming a reality and someone needed to pinch me. They picked me, one of the oldest candidates to apply and someone who had been out of college for 10 years. This was too good to be true! NO…..it was reality and I was now the new Northeast Florida Field Director for Turning Point.
Despite my dreams and my passion becoming reality for me, I did have hurdles to jump. There is nothing like being so high with excitement that your biggest aspirations are coming true and people trying to tear you down at the same time. “Your boss will be 10 years younger than you, don’t do it!”, “You will have a lot of work to do and may even have to travel during weekends, why would you do it.” “Are you sure you know what you are doing, especially with an organization so young. Stay Clear, don’t do it”. “You are too old for this type of job” (who know being 31 was so old these days) YES, this is what people told me. Luckily, I am a thick headed person and said don’t worry, I know what I am doing and I am going to be the best Field Director anyone has seen. I didn’t listen to the negativity! I was going to do what I wanted and got on that flight to Chicago and it was the BEST decision I ever made! My life has not been the same ever since. I was officially one of the oldest members of Turning Point USA, but you would never know that. I met like-minded individuals who were there for the same cause – to fight for our country and educate the future. I have learned that age is only a number and to always follow your dreams no matter what and do not ever listen to outside voices. TPUSA has been my lifesaver and I feel like I am the luckiest girl in the world. Being in the field has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me. The students that I have met and the personal relationships formed us incredible and truly there are no words to describe it. All of my activists on all campuses that I work on have become my “babies” and I am proud of each and every one of them! TPUSA is now part of who I am and each day I wake up feeling blessed.