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Life@W&M - Marie Murphy '20

Life@W&M - Marie Murphy '20

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Week 307 — June 22 - 28, 2020 This account showcases "a week in the life" of our amazing students, faculty, and staff and features the range of opportunities and activities available both on campus and off.

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William & Mary has offered me some of the most incredible educational opportunities during my four years. The summer after my freshman year I went to Morocco for eight weeks to do an immersive Arabic program. Deciding to study abroad was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made as it exposed me to a completely different culture and motivated me through the next few years of Arabic classes. The first picture is the Sahara Desert (yes, it’s really us on those camels!). The second picture is the W&M students in Rabat and the third is Chefchaouen, or “the blue city” right at sunset. The other amazing educational program I participated in was the Project in International Peace and Security (PIPS) as a 2018-2019 research fellow. PIPS is an undergraduate international security policy think tank here at W&M. I gained invaluable research, writing, presentation, and leadership skills throughout the year as I developed an original paper on religion and ethnicity in the Russian military, with the help of my amazing intern! Fellows are juniors and seniors and the application is available this summer on TribeCareers. I would also like to take the time to highlight a critical education initiative at W&M - the @wm_lemonproject. The Lemon Project is a “research and resource center for the study of Slavery and it’s Legacies” here at the College. It does great work in illuminating our past so we can learn from it and grow as a community.

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I think that W&M has a club for almost any interest, and I have met some of my best friends and made the best memories in the clubs and student organizations I have been a part of since the beginning of my freshman year. One of the first clubs I joined was Ballroom Dance (@wmballroom). I wasn’t so sure at first, but a hallmate and good friend of mine convinced me to go with her. We both loved it and ended up each serving as club President! Ballroom introduced me to a lifelong skill and a fun way to stay active. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone, but I think that’s what college is all about - trying new things, having new experiences, and meeting new people you never would have met otherwise. The other club that came to play a large role in my life was the International Relations Club at William and Mary (@irclubwm). Model UN is a large part of our organization, but we also host campus speakers, socials, and networking events as well as support a different international charity or organization every year. I have met some of my closest friends here. We have traveled the country together for competitions and stayed up late into the night prepping for a conference we’re hosting, but we also just like meeting up in Swem or grabbing lunch! IRC has a lot of leadership roles available every year, so there are plenty of opportunities to make an impact on the club. I have served on the Secretariats for our WMIDMUN (middle school) and &MUN (college) conferences and this past year I held an executive board position as the Secretary-General of &MUN VIII. Model UN is, at its core, about becoming more educated about the lives, situations, and perspectives of others. IRC has compiled a list of resources and ways to become more educated and involved in the #blacklivesmatter movement.

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