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The person behind the Voice: Cristina Muradore

Behind the Voice

28.01.2021

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Cristina Muradore
Photo by: Sebastiano Piazzi

Each week we have incredible voices writing for Insight Magazine from all over the world. We are lucky enough to have some of these people as regular contributors, and we are sure you have come to recognize their distinctive voice and passions, as well as appreciate the opportunity to learn from their knowledge and experience. For our readers to get better acquainted with these Voices, we are introducing small, yet informative interviews with these people.

Let yourself be inspired.

Meet Cristina Muradore

Cristina Muradore is from a little town called Malo, in the Veneto region of north-east Italy.

She currently lives in Gloucester in the United Kingdom and works as International Mobility Coordinator at the University of Worcester. She oversees the Exchange and Study Abroad Programme and supports the university’s incoming and outgoing students in making their study abroad dream come true. She also liaises with their international partner network to strengthen academic relations through students and staff exchanges.

Could you share a personal story that has influenced you in becoming the person you are?

I think that what really influenced me in my personal development are the places I visited and the people I met rather than specific anecdotes.

In 2011 together with a university friend, I made the decision of going back to Yemen to study Arabic. This would have been our second time there and we wanted it to be more special, as we felt that it could be the last time we were allowed to travel to the country. So, we decided that before starting our language course we ought to visit Socotra Island, which is a small piece of land right in front of Somalia.

Dragon’s Blood Trees, native to Socotra Island.

It was incredible. Socotra is literally paradise on earth, and I think it is—well, it was… unfortunately the current ongoing conflict in Yemen has had its negative impact on Socotra as well—one of the less human-contaminated places on the planet. That journey was eye opening for me, it made me become passionate about all the conservation related issues and it offered me a wonderful opportunity: disconnect. Without internet access and much electricity, we really delved into the experience and didn’t missed out on anything.

It also offered me the chance to reflect on the importance of trusting other people without misconceptions. Essentially, we were two young girls in the middle of the Indian ocean surrounded by strangers and trusting them to bring us around a place where anything could happen. Someone could call us fools or naive, but I consider we have been bold enough to send a positive message, sometimes you just can’t live fully without trusting your own life in the hands of a stranger.

Why are you a voice for Insight?

I have been asked to become a voice for Insight because of my international background.

I had the chance to study, live and travel in different areas of Europe and the Middle East, and I absorbed many different cultural aspects from there. I firmly believe in the importance of cultural awareness to make a real impact in this world. To me, globalisation must not be equal to standardization, it must be a mindset that leads us to the appreciation of different tastes, cultural habits and social norms without prejudices and ultimately, we integrate that mindset in all aspects of our daily lives.

What are your passions?

I love travelling, reading, hiking, baking and practising my foreign languages skills

What is equality for you?

Equality for me is getting beyond the need of labelling anything because certain categories of people are still underrepresented within societies or laws. I acknowledge the importance of finding definitions so that we can ensure those are respected and protected, however I feel that categorising everything is somehow an obstacle for us feeling equal as purely humans.

What kind of impact would you like to have on the world?

I would love to be able to transmit to people the importance of being kind and open minded. The world is already cruel enough and we do not need to fill it with our own personal resentment. It’s hard work but I guess self-discipline is important to be considered as inspirational and really make an impact. We need to exercise more critical thinking and be open to exploring new fields. We need to be more curious about what we perceive as different and distant, and let our own personal experience speak when we engage in debates rather than some silly fake news that are overabundant nowadays.

Favourites:

  • Book: It is so hard to find just that one favourite book. I need to mention at least a few: Milan Kundera’s Immortality, Ivan Turgenev’s A Nest of the Gentry, Alexandr Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Podcast: I still haven’t entered the magical world of podcasts; however, I have tried to follow as many videos and lectures from my favourite Italian history scholar, Alessandro Barbero. He is just great.
  • Leader: I sincerely admire Jacinda Arden, her educational and political journey is indeed inspirational and the way she built up her public persona is remarkable considering how little we, in Europe, know that distant corner of the planet.