Check out what a few of our recent alumni have to say about their experience attending Constitutional Academy and how it has impacted their lives!
Caroline Lindey – 2015
“It is hard to boil down my whole experience at the Academy to one singular part. But I would have to say the overall environment is what I loved about the Academy. In the past, most of my peers in school have had this apathy towards my love of history, economics, and politics. I always felt that students my own age saw me as an outsider because of my passion for discussing current events and learning more about our founding documents. I even at times dealt with opponents inside and outside of the classroom who were very against my support of the Constitution. Thankfully, at the Academy, I found the opposite. I discovered that there are professors and teachers who praised the founding fathers rather than degraded them. I connected with other bright young constitutionalists who believe that it us up to us, the rising generation, to restore America back to the country the founders intended. And I felt a sense of mutual admiration and respect from these classmates I only spent a few days with. The young minds who are left with the task of protecting and defending the constitution in a culture that tells us it is outdated and does not promote ‘progress.'”
“The Academy has granted me with the gift of friendship. I made connections and friendships with other young people who share the same love of the founding fathers as I do. We have built a network all across the country of students about to enter the “real world” who can lean on each other for ideas and support in their endeavors to defend the Constitution. The Bill of Rights Institute has shown me that there are other people out there who see the world the way I do and have solutions to the problems we face. The Institute has given me the strength, courage and wisdom to be able to defend my constitutional principles and conservative beliefs. BRI has granted me with the vision to see where I want to be in the future, what I want to do, what type of impact I want to have on others, how I want to teach the future generations about and why I believe what I believe. But most importantly, BRI has shown me who I want to be as a person.”
Philip Glazman – 2013
New Milford, New Jersey
“There were so many enjoyable aspects of the program that selecting a single part requires great difficulty. I loved the small debates and discussions that occurred between students after each lecture. In particular, I recall being awake late into the night and having a lively discussion with students on property rights and the idea behind those rights in the perspective of the Founders. Moments such as those were very common throughout the program and were encouraged by the staff. Additionally, the trips to the Capitol Building and Newseum were also enlightening because it created a visual connection to what the lectures taught us.”
“The Constitutional Academy invited students from across the nation with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints on the world. In effect, I was introduced to views that a student from New Jersey might not have had the opportunity to have. The Academy facilitated meaningful dialogue, and helped me go beyond ungrounded arguments towards arguments that are built on reason. Additionally, the Academy prepared me for my career by providing opportunities to gain skills in public speaking through discussion and dialogue.”