Chris, another of our interviewers and a first-year MALD student, is reminded of his own application process a year ago, whenever he conducts an interview.
It seems surreal to be interviewing prospective students at Fletcher because, less than a year ago, I was in the same position as the applicants. I remember studying for the GRE, writing my essays, collecting the recommendations, and then preparing for the interview. It’s a trying experience when you’re making the decision to attend grad school!
I certainly enjoyed my interview last year, as I not only got to meet Fletcher students currently attending the school, but I also had the opportunity to get a feel for the School itself. I’m a big believer that the atmosphere of a building says a lot about the organization, and Fletcher is no different. My impression entering the Hall of Flags was a mixture of intelligence, fun, and a high dependency on coffee. So far my initial reading has held up remarkably well.
As an interviewer this year, I have consistently interviewed talented people. During Orientation I frequently asked myself why Admissions admitted me, and the question comes up again after each interview I complete. (I haven’t asked the Admissions staff, though, because it may put me on their radar.) But that is what Fletcher is: a community of great people who share a belief that the world can be a better place and who want to make it a reality.
Good luck with your applications!
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