Student Spotlight - Caroline Emberton
Caroline Emberton was raised on conservative values but it wasn’t until she began her studies at Cornell University that her conservative views were strengthened. She told CBLPI: “I think it is so important to be exposed to a variety of views and perspectives and that is why I love Cornell. I have learned what ideas work in the real world and what do not.”
At Cornell, Caroline has experiences negative attitudes from professors and also describes the student body as “either apathetic or [having] preconceived stereotypes that they received from TV programming like The Daily Show.” This made it especially difficult and challenging for Caroline to express her conservatism.
Emboldened by this challenge, Caroline took the initiative to found a conservative women’s club on her campus. As President of her campus group, Caroline says, “I see first-hand highly ambitious women who believe the dismal message that they cannot achieve personal success or equality with men unless they lose some of their dignity.”
After establishing her club on campus and receiving a grant for funding, Caroline contacted the Institute about hosting S.E. Cupp in the coming academic year. She also attended the Woman of the Year luncheon in February and recently attended the 2012 Western Women’s Summit where she heard from some of her favorite conservative news pundits Michelle Malkin and Marybeth Hicks. “As a debater, I am an avid news-reader and am continually frustrated with the liberal slant of major news sources and their aggression towards conservative women. Malkin and Hicks’ fresh take on the news as conservatives provide me with the resources and knowledge to give intelligent answers to those who question my views.”
When asked by CBLPI who her favorite conservative woman is, Caroline didn’t miss a beat when she identified Margaret Thatcher and said “she was not afraid to be feminine and gained prominence not by playing by man’s rules. Rather she rose to power through pure hard work and a belief in herself that she could improve the world.”
Caroline sends encouragement to other conservative students saying “Don’t be afraid to work hard and make a difference on your campus! Always look out for opportunities on campus to share conservative values in a winsome and positive way.”