By EMMA RUDD This year has already been marked by the rising voice of intolerance, from the growing Times Up movement to the second national women’s march. As a college student, you may feel like now is the time to start voicing your own intolerances. You’ve scribbled your punchy one-liners onto poster board and spent an afternoon marching towards change but once the march is over, how can you continue to speak out in a meaningful way?

  1. What’s your passion?

If you don’t have a focus, it can be difficult to find a jumping off point for your activism. Start by thinking about what really brought you to activism and what topics get you fired up now, the more specific the better. Are you fighting for women’s rights? Animal rights? Or uprooting the whole economic system? Try looking at current political or social issues that are threatening what you’re fighting for and see which one you feel most passionate about.

“It’s important to follow passion. We get so caught up in seeking out leadership roles or nominal titles that look good on paper but what will make us most productive and fulfilled is the work that we genuinely care about,” says Grace Moon, president of the Freedom for North Korea organization at New York University.

Once you’ve decided this, do your research and look for outlets that fit your goals and expertise. Make a list of skills sets that you have to offer the activist community. If you’re more vocal and confrontational, find an organization dedicated to protests, marches, and public demonstrations. If you consider yourself to be a more reserved, individual force, think about running for a student government position or a leadership position within an on-campus organization.

  1. Who around you can help?

Political or social change is never created by one person alone and it’s important to note that your passion is better served through a network of like-minded activists and organizations. This may mean joining an on-campus club and meeting fellow students.

“One of the most wonderful aspects of serving on an executive board is that we frequently connect with leaders of other causes on campus,” said Mina Mathur, president of the Advocate Coalition Against Trafficking at NYU.

It may also mean finding a mentor who can introduce you to new groups of activists and guide you along your path to creating change.

“Mentors can be upperclassmen or local professionals in the bustling city – find them, reach out and converse with them,” said Moon.

Your networking methods are going to depend on which route you choose for your activism but the important thing is to start the conversation, whether it’s with fellow students, your boss at your non-profit internship, or a community leader. Don’t be afraid to cross-over to areas outside of your focus when looking for these connections. While they may be fighting for a different cause, collaboration can result in a fresh perspective and new, creative approaches to your work.

  1. Don’t Try to Change the World in One Day

You’ve found your passion and built a network, now it’s time to start doing your part, which means starting small and remaining hopeful.

“I think that’s what gets people tripped up. They think that they have to be this big entity but no, you can just do your part,” says May Nazareno, the development manager of the National Organization for Women New York City chapter. “Forget about the size of it but does your part give you joy and meaning?”

It’s a daunting task to try and change an aspect of society that may be deeply rooted or heavily supported. Acknowledge each small success as it is – a success!

“Emphasize and remember the times that you feel like you are making a difference, no matter how small, because it’s moments like those that will help encourage you to keep going,” says Mathur.