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This is the 1000th post on the Fletcher Admissions Blog! We launched the blog in September of 2006. It took nearly five years to reach the 500th post in March 2011. In the last few years, I’ve been increasingly fortunate to have student and staff contributions that make my work easy, and that resulted in the second 500 posts being completed in less than three years.
Nearly every Admissions staffer has written something for the blog, giving us (among other topics) tales of reading applications in the company of big dogs and small dogs, tea cups, and swimmers, as well photos from the road. Of course, many students and, lately, alumni have allowed me to convince them to write, providing the best perspective on the Fletcher student experience.
I’ve been watching the post total climb, until I realized that if I just put up a post each day for the eight days leading to Thanksgiving, I could have the 1000th post appear on the day before the holiday. I have probably run out of ways to express how much I enjoy Thanksgiving — my favorite of all holidays. But in the spirit of the holiday, I’ll say that I am thankful for the opportunities created by the blog — to connect with future students, current students, alumni, staff, and faculty.
Needless to say — given that my primary role is admissions staffer, not full-time writer — the 1000 posts include a lot of quick updates and references to the weather. But there are a few posts that still provide fodder for conversation, including the Supermarket Smackdown that we somehow ended up discussing at a lunch with students last week, or the apple-peeler-corer that Admissions intern Juanita said she remembered reading about when she applied. (That fine little gizmo will be an important tool in my Thanksgiving pie production.)
I’m lucky to include in my workday a task that I so enjoy and that helps me build my Fletcher community. Work we enjoy — something to be thankful for. To all of my blog friends in, or from, the U.S., I wish you a very happy holiday! I’ll be back next week, kicking off the second thousand Admissions Blog posts.
Informative notes on a variety of topics have flowed into my inbox lately. I’m going to combine them all in this pre-Thanksgiving catch-up blog.
Newly selected Al Nakhlah editors (and first-year MALD students) Alex Taylor and Jack Berger interviewed Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He discusses the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.
Fletcher alum and contributing Admissions Blogger Manjula Dissanayake sent me an update this morning. Both Manjula and Educate Lanka have had great success this year!
Current MALD student Kat Trujillo was just selected by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance for the 2015 class of George J. Mitchell Scholars. Congratulations to Kat!
In October, a Fletcher alum, Mulatu Teshome, was selected as the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Finally, unrelated to any of the above, a note from me: I have received some good suggestions for blogs for the coming months, but I’m open to more! Please be sure to complete the survey and send me your ideas.
Some of you have already submitted an application, while others are just starting to put the pieces together. No matter where you are in your application process, you may have questions. So that the Blog can best answer those questions, please send them along. Complete this incredibly-quick one-question survey, and between student writers, Consult Christine, and me, we’ll get you some answers!
The Early Notification deadline was Friday, and we are well into the process of compiling and reviewing applications. Now that most applicants submit scanned copies of their transcripts, compiling the application generally requires only that we connect test scores and interview reports with the materials that are submitted online. We should easily keep up with the applications that come through each day and, by the end of this week, everyone should be able to log into GAMS and find good information on what items, if any, are missing.
But this simple description of the process ignores one important part of the application, which is recommendations. Because most applicants ask their recommenders to submit their letters online, the applications emerge from the system with recommendations included. On the flip side, if any of your recommenders don’t submit their letters, your application will be stuck in the system, waiting for the letter to be attached.
For EN applicants, that means that your next step is to ensure your recommenders have submitted their letters. If not, a gentle reminder is warrented. The EN review period is short, and incomplete applications will be reviewed after January. That’s not a terrible outcome, but it’s surely not what you intended.
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This time, Christine isn’t exactly answering a question she has been asked. More like she’s answering a question that she wants you to ask.
While the semester seems to be flying by, we still have a few more weeks of information sessions, visit events, and interviews before the January 10 deadline! One of our additional special offerings is “Coffee with a Student,” which allows prospective applicants the opportunity to chat informally with a current student about anything from classes, to life in grad school, to internships and other topics. Nothing is off the table! And the best part? You get a free cup of coffee (or tea, for people like me!). So while you plan your visit to The Fletcher School, consider dropping in for one of our three weekly Coffee with a Student sessions:
Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
You do not need to register for Coffee with a Student, but you should stop by the Admissions Office to check in and we will guide you from there.
We hope you can join us!
As always, for questions please call us at +1.617.627.3040 or email us.
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November 7 already. How does that happen?
Regardless of the shocking speed at which time passes, only eight days remain before the November 15 Early Notification deadline. So what are we up to? Well, we’re actually still working on getting decisions to those who applied for January enrollment. But tomorrow we’re also meeting for the first time with our new Admissions Committee members and we’ll kick off the process with them. Compared to the number of applications we will receive in January, the EN pool is manageable and creates a good opportunity for training new Committee members (this year: six new students and two new professors) and turning them into expert readers.
The applications for January enrollment were a brief reminder of what our work is all about. Only eight days until we start meeting new members of the class that will start next fall! Exciting!
Yesterday was fun. After the fair at Bowdoin, I joined about ten students and a rep from the career office for dinner and conversation. I’m hitting the road now, directly back to Fletcher, where Kristen and I are going to hold an information session for Tufts undergrads. Back to more varied blog topics on Thursday. Meanwhile, here are some pix from Bates and Bowdoin.
Just a super quick post today. I’m sitting in a hotel room in Auburn, Maine. In about an hour, I’ll head over to Bates College for a grad school fair, and then zip over to Bowdoin College for a fair there. With Colby College yesterday, it’s a three-fair wander up and down route 95 at a beautiful time of year. I’ll try to share some pix later.
How I convinced myself that last Friday/Saturday were the 25th and 26th is unclear to me (particularly given that I was writing on Thursday the 17th), but that’s what happened. Simulex will actually take place this week. All the details, for those more firmly rooted in time than I, can be found on the website. (Thanks to kind blog readers (and colleagues) who didn’t point out my befuddlement.)
But while I’m on the subject of all the many things going on around here that keep our heads spinning, I encourage you to take a look at the Fletcher calendar. If you’re planning a visit, you may be able to build one of the weekly events into your time here. Even if you’re not planning to visit, you may want to get a taste of what’s happening. There’s a lot on the calendar, even as students are taking midterms this week and next.
I’ve worked as the Admissions Office link to the PhD program for several years now, which makes it a little strange that I write so rarely about the program or admission to it. The reason, I suppose, is that the program is small and we review only about 70 applications each year — a tiny portion of our applicant pool, and yet a lot of applicants relative to the handful that we ultimately admit.
Today, about 10 prospective PhD students are signed on to visit Fletcher. We’re offering a focused information session, and the visitors can choose to interview, attend classes, and also do all the other things that visitors like to do when they’re here. It’s a loose schedule that enables them to seek the information they need in order to decide if Fletcher is a good place to pursue their advanced studies.
Meanwhile, I needed to line up students to conduct the evaluative interviews. I hesitate to steal time from PhD students. They tend to have a lot going on, and we have as much of an interest in pushing them through the program as they have in motoring along. Nonetheless, they’re very supportive of Fletcher in general and the PhD program in particular. It’s a real pleasure to connect with them whenever the opportunity arises.
Maybe I’ll try to write a bit more about the PhD program in the future. But you can always send questions, either as a comment on this blog post or by emailing us.
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