Connecting Daydreaming with Diplomacy

Portrait of Eleanor MurrayEver since she was young, Eleanor Murray has been a daydreamer, and it’s what led her to become so fascinated with the world.

“These expansive daydreams are fueled by an interest in the world that was instilled in me through my education,” said Murray. “I chose global studies because my curiosity about the world is relentless.”

Eleanor Murray ’22 is a global studies and American studies double major from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“Through classes that help to expand my imagination and daydreams, to books that touch my heart in new ways, global studies fuels my curiosity in the most exhilarating way possible,” said Murray.

Murray’s global activity at Carolina goes far beyond the classroom. She’s learning Korean, and in her free time, she studies Japanese. She helped run Model United Nations conferences and competed on the national collegiate circuit, and for most of her college career, Murray was involved in the Carolina International Relations Association (CIRA).

“CIRA introduced me to the world of diplomacy, a career I hope to pursue someday!” she said.

In the summer of 2021, Murray studied at Yonsei University in South Korea as a Phillips Ambassador. Through the program, she produced a research paper on the socioeconomic status of North Koreans living in South Korea. “I hope to use this as a base point for my future endeavors in diplomatic relations and humanitarian aid,” Murray explained.

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