Samuel the Man
My name is Sam Rubino. I came from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to Holy Cross College four years ago as a conservative young political and history nut. I naturally decided to major in History and minor in Political Science; but truly had no idea about the freight train headed for me.
Both of these made me learn to love reading and writing, so in February of 2012 in the middle of the GOP presidential primaries I started my own conservative political blog: YoungOutspokenandConservative.com. I decided that if I wanted to make a difference I needed to put my views out for the world to see. Before Holy Cross I wouldn't let a friend proof-read my papers, because of my struggles with writing, and now I was writing for a readership on average of over 100 people.
In the summer of 2012 I was able to truly grasp my love for politics when I did my internship at National Ready Mix Concrete Association Government affairs office in Silver Spring, MD just outside of Washington DC. This internship, presented me the opportunity to work with Rep. Jackie Walorski's winning 2012 campaign staff for the fall semester. The internship in DC also opened other doors for myself and my blog. I've gotten to meet numerous Congressmen and Senators, attended a convention party hosted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a VIP guest, and was able to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa for Gov. Chris Christie's (R-NJ) Keynote address and for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI-1) Vice Presidential nomination acceptance speech.
My service learning experience helped me grow politically just as much as my internship, but it also brought me to a new place spiritually. I ate dinner weekly with convicted criminals at a Catholic run halfway house. They preached taking responsibility for your actions and that it is always possible to remake yourself in the image of God and in Society. Watching these men and women rebuild themselves reassured my belief in the American way I was brought up on and that shaped so much of what I've always believed in.
The four pillars of my Holy Cross College education, have given me opportunities that I would have never thought possible. Holy Cross has given me opportunities to watch and meet personal heroes like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice. These four years have changed me from the kid who loved history when I arrived at Holy Cross, to a young man determined to make history when he leaves!
~Condoleezza Rice: Republican National Convention
"...a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham - the most segregated big city in America - her parents can't take her to a movie theater or a restaurant - but they make her believe that even though she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch counter - she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State. Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable - it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values."
This left me with chills up my spine and beaming with pride, because I am an American.