Reflections from a National Right to Life Academy Student

By Megan McCrum, Director, National Right to Life Academy

We are in full swing of our five-week-long National Right to Life Academy program for college students. The course is undeniably top caliber in its academic rigor. The students are challenged to study elements of philosophy, ethics, and history on top of pro-life policy issues and arguments.

And it is emotionally challenging, sitting in a conference room day in and day out grappling with an overload of life and death issues, and the hard reality that the world just doesn’t understand the simple truth that all human lives are created equal.

Academy students in the classroom. Photo credit: Karen Cross

Academy students in the classroom.
Photo credit: Karen Cross

But joy abounds. We commend to you the recent reflections written by one our students, Laura Campos, who comes to us from Texas Right to Life’s great student programs.

She writes:

The first two weeks of Academy were odd–almost like an extended icebreaker. There are ten of us attending–seven girls and three guys, one of whom is a religious brother. We were thrown together at the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas in the last few days of June and subsequently traveled from Dallas to Washington, where we settled into our temporary home (we all reside on the same floor of a dorm of a local university) and dove headfirst into the craziness that is Academy.

I wouldn’t say that we are now all “BFFLs OMG!”, but we’ve fallen into niches, as people do, and are all comfortable enough with each other- like a little family. Today was the first day that I realized this. Suddenly, I looked around the conference table, tacitly separating myself from the situation, and people-watched for a moment. Smiles! Joy! Laughter! …

We are from all over the country, and yet we came to the same place for the same reason. Suddenly, I was stricken with a sense of solidarity, similar to yet different from those which I’ve experienced in Pro-Life Aggies and Texas Right to Life; and sweet on its own merits.

Read the rest of her story here.