Continuing to introduce the staff through their answers to Christine’s questions, we turn today to Liz, Theresa, and Kristen, who are found at the alphabetical end of our staff list. Certain trends are already emerging — staff from New Hampshire and an interest in Iceland, for two examples.
Liz Wagoner, Associate Director of Admissions
Liz works with the applicants and admitted future students in the Map Your Future program, and also frequently reads applications to the MIB program.
Where did you grow up? This is actually a tough question as I have sort of grown up all over! I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, spent my early years in Wyoming, and have lived in various locals all around New England for the majority of my life. Ultimately I think of Peterborough, NH as where I’m from, as I spent most of my time there.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? I have several favorites, but it has to be Hong Kong.
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? Nepal.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food in the whole world is steamed clams, otherwise known as “steamers.” For those who don’t know, steamers are a small soft-shell clam, typically harvested in New England and served with butter. They are definitely an acquired taste, but I sure love them. Luckily for me, they are a New England staple and can be found at most seafood restaurants, especially in the summer!
What book are you currently reading? I just finished a great beach read called Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. It was the perfect novel to read while on vacation and had some nice twists that kept me turning the page.
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? This is more of a touristy thing that I’m going to recommend, which I would normally shy away from, but I would truly suggest that everyone take a Boston Duck Tour. I admit they can be a little cheesy, but it really is a great way to see the city of Boston and learn some history and fun facts all at the same time. It’s family friendly and, since it’s a pretty short tour, students can soon get back to studying, networking, and taking advantage of all the great things Fletcher has to offer!
Theresa Tomic, Admissions Staff Assistant
Theresa is the face of the Admissions Office. You’ll meet her when you visit, and you may talk to her when you call.
Where did you grow up? My earliest years were spent in Europe and later in the central Massachusetts area.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? Iceland. It’s quite chic and cosmopolitan, and they have no reptiles!
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? One day I would like to visit Kenya.
What is your favorite food? Favorite food has to be Asian!!
What book are you currently reading? Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? The Tisch Library is a wonderful place to visit. You can find practically everything you need for academic writing, and the view of Boston from the roof is fantastic.
Kristen Zecchi, Associate Director of Admissions and of the Master of International Business Program
Kristen wears two hats — she manages both MIB admissions and student services for the program.
Where did you grow up? Like Liz (and so many Fletcher students!), it’s hard to pinpoint, as we moved around a bit. I was born in Western Massachusetts, moved to Texas, and then to Colorado, which is what I still think of as home. Between Colorado and Boston, I’ve also lived in Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Sevilla, Spain … so I feel at home with Fletcher’s very international student community.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? Buenos Aires is the city nearest to my heart after having lived there, but as a tourist my favorites have been Mexico City and Istanbul. (Note to applicants: I am clearly not following the prompts here and am cheating by listing several places; be more diligent in your own essays! :))
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? Cambodia.
What is your favorite food? Unoriginal, and very American, but I’d have to say a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s an American classic, and I’m always happy to have one!
What book are you currently reading? I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and am about to start The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve read everything else she’s written, and this is the last on the list. My favorite contemporary writer!
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? Again, I’ll cheat here by suggesting two natural wonders, one close to campus on one farther afield. The Middlesex Fells are a mere 10 minutes from campus and offer 2,500 acres of forest, hiking trails and peace. It’s a city gem. About a 45-minute drive from campus is Boston’s north shore, and Crane Beach is a stunning, wide sandy beach that I love.
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