Gillian Castillo, Turning Point USA’s Florida Field Coordinator, has become a pro at training student activists in North Florida and South Georgia.

Here are her 4 fool-proof ways to be an all-star activist on any college campus:

1. Have enthusiasm for the cause. I have two amazing Turning Point USA chapters at Florida State University and Valdosta State University. What really defines these two groups is the enthusiasm their leadership has for the cause. Even if it is raining or a really slow day on campus, the students are always happy to roll up their sleeves and work.

2. Know the issues. When I started this job, I didn’t really understand some of the political issues going on, but I took the time to learn the issues and now I can better help students form their own opinions and understand the issues themselves.

3. Be confident and courageous. Talking to strangers can be intimidating at first. But, if you have enthusiasm and you know the issues, then it really isn’t that bad! Honestly, most people don’t mind talking to you. People really admire that you’re willing to talk about your beliefs.

4. Have a goal. Even though the semester is coming to an end, I already have a goal for next semester. I want my chapters to be more active and established. We did a great job this semester of building TPUSA name recognition and now we need to add on to that.

Want more advice on how to improve your activism on campus? Feel free to email Gillian at

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