The first-year students who just started work in the Admissions Office don’t need to direct all their questions to Corinne (see yesterday’s introduction). Here, our two remaining second-year student workers introduce themselves. First, Michael-John:

Greetings potential Fletcher students!!! My name is Michael-John and I am one of the student workers here in the Admissions Office. If you call, there’s a good chance you’ll talk to me or one of the other student workers. We’re always available to answer any questions you might have about the application process or what it’s like to attend Fletcher.

I started at Fletcher in January and am studying Development Economics and have a self-designed Field of Study in NGO Management. This summer I took classes here at Fletcher and did a research internship with Catholic Relief Services in their Emergency Operations Department.

In addition to my classwork, I also am married with two sons and a third child on the way in December (just in time for finals!). My whole family has enjoyed being in Boston and I’ve gotten lots of help with my homework from my 4-year old Michael.

I’m looking forward to talking with you throughout the admissions process or when you come to visit.

Michael-John and I like to recall the day we met for his evaluative interview. January 2 of 2006. There’s hardly a day in any year that is quieter than January 2. The students are still on their break, and many staff and faculty members are away. Still, we had a good talk and now he’s a valued member of the admissions team.

And now, Rashad introduces himself:

Welcome to the Fletcher Office of Admissions Blog!!! My name is Rashad and I am a second-year MALD student from Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently in my second year of work for the Office of Admissions. I am really excited to meet many of the new applicants and to hear about the experiences that have led them to Fletcher.

My Fields of Study are International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and International Organizations, and I intend to self-design a field in Humanitarian Crises and Forced Migration. After graduation, I am hoping to use the skills and insight I acquire from these fields of study at Fletcher for my work at the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

This past summer, I worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the U.S. Embassy in the Political/Economic Section. It was a very rewarding experience because the embassy had relatively few staff members, compared to other embassies. As a result, I was able to take initiative and responsibility for assignments that interns usually do not have the opportunity to do. I also enjoyed working for an institution that had a great reputation for providing assistance to those in the country who needed help. Last, but certainly not least, the Cambodian people were quite friendly and the food was delicious!!!


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