Murray 1693 Scholar
Chester, VA (Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies)
Why William & Mary
I had always set my sights on a city school. Though technically a product of suburbia, I developed a taste for the cultural hodgepodge and artistic vibrancy that seep through cities like Richmond after attending high school there. Suffice it to say, I didn't seriously consider William & Mary until a friend who was on her third year at the college explained me to how much she appreciated the accessibility of her professors. Intrigued, I later discovered through visits and other students that while Williamsburg didn't necessarily fit my idea of a cosmopolitan hub, it would bring me the educational and personal experiences that would prepare me for a future in such an environment. Unlike some larger universities, the College of William & Mary has a faculty body that heavily emphasizes undergraduate research opportunities, and the intensity with which they involve students in their international relations research is, for me, unparalleled. More importantly, the community in general is one of openness—students are always willing to help one another, whether it's studying for a class, finding internship, or just to get through a bad day. Truthfully, the College opens doors for those willing to try, regardless of their age and relative inexperience.
High School Activities
- Interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office of the Eastern District of VA, Richmond, researching Somali Piracy as a part of senior research project
- Member of the school's prestigious We the People program, which teaches and trains students to be familiar with issues of constitutional law
- 2nd place Nationals
- Tutored Spanish at St. Andrew's School, creating Spanish lesson plans for third graders
- Attended Virginia Governor's Foreign Language Academy for Spanish
- Co-President of Forensics, participating in tournaments for both serious and humorous dramatic categories and strengthening the program at school
- Co-founder of Write Thing to Do, a writing club that hosted speaker events for aspiring student authors, held semester writing contests and peer-review writing sessions
- Choreographer for Club Asia, performed at annual school Asian Assembly and local culture festivals in Richmond
- Participated in Model United Nations as a staff member of GSMUN and as a delegate to college level conferences, winning a Best Delegate award in 2011 for the OAS, a Spanish-language committee
- Recipient of Harvard Book Award
- National Merit Finalist
- National AP Scholar
- National Spanish Exam Gold (3 years)
- Ronald McDonald Scholar Award
What I Did Last Summer
- Volunteered at my church
- Took online courses on Sociology, Intro Computer Science and Intro Finance
- Self-study Chinese and Japanese
- Eat, love and pray
I am currently an intern at AidData, an on-campus project that tracks international development finance and a member of the school's International Relations Club. Additionally, as a Sharpe Scholar I also volunteer as a tutor and assistant at Literacy for Life, a service organization that helps adults in the community to develop English proficiency. In my spare time I like to learn foreign languages, write, dance, read, play piano, and jog. I am also involved with the school's Christian fellowship, Intervarsity. In the future I hope to become involved with research on international law and security.
- Intern at AidData
- Sharpe Scholar - Literacy and Social Change
My "1693 Project"
Given that globalization has led to increasingly integrated world that requires more and more institutional norms to cooperate on an international level, I would like to study how international institutions can construct new legal standards to effectively govern growing problems of transnational crime without violently infringing upon state sovereignty.
Internships galore - hopefully. I want to attend one of the DC Summer Institutes with William & Mary (either Community Engagement or National Security), and to do more work with AidData and see where that goes. In my spare time I will devote attention to the book I'm writing, programming, learning Korean and sleeping.
- Intern at Federal Public Defender's Office in ED Va., Richmond
- Tutored Spanish at St. Andrew's Episcopal School for 14 weeks
- Recently I learned several moves in break dancing, including some basics in top rocks, freezes, flooring, and some things that I made up. I also dance salsa.