There’s a core of activities that is shared by all Fletcher students regardless of degree program, but the precise features of daily life do differ a bit. Here, first-year MIB student, Vincent, tells us about his early months in the program.
I can’t believe it’s only been three months since I started at the Fletcher School. I began the MIB program in mid-August with a Strategy pre-session, and it already feels like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since then — I’ve met so many amazing people, and I’ve learned so much. For the purposes of the blog, I’ll tell you about my experiences to date and my expectations for what lies ahead.
My experiences at Fletcher up to now have all been extremely positive. As an MIB student, I have to take three core courses this semester, and each one of those classes has opened a door for me on the world of business. I have a background in the private sector, and my first few months of learning have complemented and built upon my experience. In two of our business classes, “Foundations in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance” and “Financial Statement Analysis,” we are really learning the practical side of how a business works. Theory is always there, but it’s more about making decisions and understanding what is going on.
My other core course is called “Global Political Economy,” and it’s excellent. What I didn’t know about the interactions and history of state players and external forces in trade negotiations could fill a book. I thoroughly enjoy this class and the perspective it’s giving me on international affairs and business. This is exactly the kind of course that separated Fletcher from the other schools I considered.
Now, what do I expect for the coming months? Well, it’s exam time soon enough, so there will be a lot of studying. But the strangest aspect of all is that, two months from now, I’ll be doing four totally new courses. I know I’ll be taking a region-specific course in French, and probably a course on international negotiation. Thankfully, I’m now well adjusted to the world of academia so I no longer have a “deer in the headlights” look about me as I walk the Hall of Flags. It’s certainly been quite a change to go from the working world into school. There’s no hiding out in meetings here. The more you put into Fletcher — pre-work and team projects — the more you get out of it.
Lastly, it sounds cliché, but there is a real community here. There isn’t a day that goes by when my 30 MIB classmates aren’t cracking jokes or talking about their many incredible adventures in far-flung reaches of the globe — the range of their experiences is immense. The things I’m learning from my MIB and MALD classmates could fill a couple of courses! This has been the biggest and best surprise of all.
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