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Continuing the theme from yesterday’s post, the Admissions team shares its favorite summer locations.
First up today is Dan, who rarely demonstrates such an alarming familiarity with reality TV, as he describes his favorite local beach location. Because who doesn’t want to get to the beach in the summer?!
Something I’ve learned from being married to a New Jersey native is that you can get the girl out of New Jersey, but you can’t get the Jersey out of the girl (believe me, I’ve tried). As such, our household gets an occasional hankering for some boardwalk time. While it’s technically possible to GTL and reach the Jersey Shore from Massachusetts in a weekend, it’s a long trip that would leave barely enough time for a fist pump or two, arrest, booking, arraignment, bail, and release while still making it back by Sunday evening.
Fortunately there’s a closer, and weirder, New England alternative. Only an hour from Tufts, New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach, is “the busiest beach community in the state” according to Wikipedia. That may be a dubious honor given the extent of the limited New Hampshire coastline, but not for nothin’, as its Jersey compatriots would say.
Hampton’s stretch of boardwalk isn’t huge; maybe two or three blocks. What it lacks in size, though, it makes up for in age. It only takes a few minutes’ stroll to feel like you’re more likely to bump into Nucky Thompson than The Situation. While you won’t find roller coasters or amusement piers here, you will find an assortment of creaky wood-floored arcades featuring some of the 80s’ most popular video games, shooting galleries that look like they employ live rounds, and basketball shot contests that use actual peach baskets (okay, I made that last one up). The overarching aesthetic is amusement park hand-me-down chic.
Lest this seem like a backhanded burn of our northern neighbors, I’ll emphasize that Hampton Beach is, in my view, about as pleasant as a boardwalk can get. It’s close, small, and manageable, has some historical flavor and, best of all, it generally lacks the aggressive crassness of most other boardwalks. Doable in even a half day, it’s also loaded with great seafood joints, probably worth the trip by themselves.
After the beach, what could be better than the ice cream options that Theresa describes?
Lazy summer days lounging out back on the deck always bring back floods of childhood memories involving evening ice cream. This was especially true the other evening, when somewhere off in the near distance, I could hear calliope music from an ice cream truck drifting through air as the truck made its way toward our street. Back in the day, on any given summer evening, nearly all the kids in the neighborhood flocked to that white, stickered ice cream truck like little moths to a square flame — waiting for our turn to pick out our favorite ice cream treat. I always liked the lemon Italian ice. It was cool and refreshing and took my mind off the mosquitoes biting my legs. Just as most of us had reached the bottom of our cones or cups of ice cream, our mothers would urge us back inside and away from the mosquitoes.
So many wonderful summers have come and gone since then. Fast forward 25 years and oddly, things are only slightly different. The calliope music still plays as kids flock to the ice cream truck. They smile and laugh while waiting for their turn to pick out their favorite ice cream treat, and not long after that, the other Moms and I, who have been chatting, start urging our kids back inside.
Ice cream trucks can be hard to find, but ice cream is always a local favorite. If there’s no truck near you, try J.P. Licks, right near campus in Davis Square, or head further down to block to iYO Café. From a truck or a storefront, you can’t go wrong with ice cream in the summer.
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Summer is when I like to ask my Admissions pals to share a little about themselves on the blog. Naturally, when we’re writing in the summer, we lean toward writing about the summer. My assignment for the team, then, was to describe a favorite summer activity — one that incoming students might pursue next summer, or even in the spring and fall.
First up, Liz, who has written about what is likely to be my own activity this evening.
One of my favorite things to do each summer is attend one of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s free performances of Shakespeare on the Common. Shakespeare on the Common, taking place in the historic park at the heart of the city, has been a Boston summer tradition since 1996, and has featured many different plays. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy some culture with friends. You can simply pull up a blanket or beach chair, bring your own picnic, and enjoy a fantastic evening of theater! Moreover, I really like the mission of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which is “dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston’s diverse communities, and to educating Boston’s youth not only about Shakespeare but also about their own potential for creativity.” If you have the opportunity, definitely check it out! This summer’s production is King Lear, which will run from July 22-August 9.
Next, Laurie suggests another option for area theater lovers.
If you love musical theater, here is something to consider in the Boston area. My family has had season tickets to the North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) for many, many years. There are small regional theaters of very high quality all over New England and the North Shore Music Theatre is one of the best! NSMT is located in Beverly, Massachusetts — 23 miles north of Tufts and approximately a 30-40 minute drive. It has been around since 1955 and has a great reputation. Plus, ticket prices are reasonable (and parking is free!). Renovated in 2005, the theater is round with a center stage and has 1500 seats — there’s not a bad seat in the house! In addition, the actors make use of the entire space so you really feel part of the show. The 2015 season started off with Dream Girls — always a crowd pleaser! The rest of the 2015-16 season includes Saturday Night Fever the Musical, Billy Elliot, and Sister Act. Each summer NSMT produces a great family show as well. This year it was Shrek the Musical. I took my four-year-old nephew, who was able to sit still through the entire show! The NSMT season always ends with an amazing production of A Christmas Carol, a great show that coincides with the end of Fletcher’s fall semester. Check it out!
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Yesterday afternoon, students, professors, and staff members joined in a celebration of the decades-long Fletcher career of our registrar, Nora Moser McMillan. Nora worked first as assistant registrar and then registrar, with a break between the two to teach English in Japan through the JET program. As all the speakers at the celebration attested, she has made a profound mark on the school’s programs and the paths of our students. Lucky for us, she’s really not leaving Fletcher just yet. She’ll continue in a part-time capacity for a while, smoothing the transition to her successor. Meanwhile, she will also have extra time to enjoy the summer with her adorable son, who joined us for the celebration yesterday.
And today I’d like to introduce our new registrar (technically: registrar and manager of student academic programs), who is well known to us — Mary Dulatre, a 2012 Fletcher graduate. While she was a MALD student, Mary worked as the student assistant in the Registrar’s Office, so her new post is a type of homecoming. But for the past three years, she hasn’t been far away, working a few floors above us as assistant director of student affairs. A happy example of a graduate who found her passion at Fletcher — even if it was a different passion than the one she expected to find.
Before Fletcher, Mary was a Fulbright scholar in the Philippines, a client case worker for AmeriCorps in San Diego, a community development specialist with the Peace Corps in Honduras, and a community outreach specialist for the American Red Cross in San Diego. We’re looking forward to working with her in her new position, right across the hall from Admissions.
First, a note. I’ve received emails from quite a few people in the last two weeks wondering when they’ll hear from us with the decision on their applications. The answer is: not for a while! We’re still mid-process — seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, for sure, but far from done. Hang tight!
Liz and I are both at home reading today. More accurately, Liz is reading, and I’m reading when I’m not writing a blog post. Dan and I have already told you about our reading days. Today the rest of the staff chimes in, survey style. (Thank you to Kristen for providing the survey questions!)
Do you listen to music while reading?
Christine: Yes, something that is not distracting, though. Taylor Swift’s “1989” has been great background noise! I’m also a fan of the iPod Genius mixes for anything moody and 90s (Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.).
Kristen: On and off. I find that some well-timed lively Latin American pop can help get me through a long afternoon.
Laurie: I find music very distracting when I am reading applications (or reading anything for that matter). However, I do like the steady hum of my space heater. The extra heat is a real plus as well.
Liz: I actually don’t. I like silence, though sometimes a little background noise is nice. More recently I’ve been reading during “snow days,” when Tufts has closed due to inclement weather, which normally is a rare occasion. Given the weather, lately I’ve had the news on in the background while reading to keep up with the storm! But usually, I don’t have any music, etc.
Favorite beverage to accompany your reading?
Kristen: Coffee, followed by some more coffee and perhaps a cup of coffee after that.
Laurie: I alternate between hot and cold beverages all day long. Coffee in the morning (of course), cold water throughout the day, and then tea in the afternoon.
Liz: This depends a bit on the time of day! I’m a big fan of hydration, so I tend to have a large water bottle that I refill throughout the day. In the morning I also will have a nice hot cup of coffee, and in the afternoon, I sometimes will make a fruit smoothie. It breaks up the day and is a nice treat to look forward to!
Christine: Water, always water. Sometimes a nice hot tea when the mood strikes.
Pet peeve while reading applications?
Laurie: My biggest pet peeve is when I misspell or mistype words when I am writing my notes. Our new system does not have an auto correct and I always need to go back and edit my work.
Liz: My biggest pet peeve when reading is when an applicant doesn’t follow directions or pay attention to details within the essays. We’ve seen it all as readers — including applicants whose essays are written for other schools. A word to the wise: stick to the word limit, answer the questions we have asked and read through your essays to ensure you’ve uploaded the essay for the right school! Attention to detail is important, and is something we keep our eye on.
Christine: Applicants not filling out their academic information completely.
Kristen: A cold room and a shoddy application.
What incentive do you give yourself to help make it through a pile of applications?
Liz: For me, my incentive is always food! I won’t let myself eat breakfast until I’ve read at least a few files on a long read day. The same thing is true for eating lunch or a snack. I always make a “hot” lunch on read days as well, since I don’t normally do that during the week. I usually will give myself a goal and when I meet that goal, my reward is a tasty treat.
Christine: If I get through five applications, I can take a stretch break. If I get through 10, I can have a snack break!
Kristen: Coffee. Is the coffee thing coming through?
Laurie: Reading days are all about incentives! Throughout the day I set reading goals to meet before getting a drink, eating lunch, moving to a new reading location, taking a shower, etc.
Your reading “mascot”?
Christine: Not really a mascot, but reading means I can cuddle up in my favorite blanket on the couch, and have the fire on when it is chilly. It is especially idyllic when the snow is falling, which has happened a lot this reading season!
Kristen: I’ve got two little kiddos, so seeing them (or even a picture of them) livens up the day.
Laurie: I do not have any mascots, but I do need my reading space organized to maximize comfort and efficiency before I can start. I need pillows, a blanket, a place for my water, a stool for my feet and a surface for my mouse. I rarely read at a desk or on a table because it is uncomfortable and slows me down.
Liz: I unfortunately don’t have a reading mascot; I do however have a favorite chair I sit in with my lap top. The key to a great reading day is yummy food, a good lap desk, a warm blanket and cozy socks. Reading days are one of my favorite things about my job! We get to learn all about amazing applicants and help build, what we hope will be, a truly remarkable Fletcher class!
Since none of us have mascots that can top Murray for cuteness, here he is again:
Since Christine has been my partner in the summer blog series, it seemed only fitting to close off the intros together.
Christine Richardson, Admissions Coordinator
Christine moved up from the Staff Assistant position less than a year ago, and she makes sure everything is working perfectly behind the scenes of the application.
Where did you grow up? Andover, MA (just north of the city and home to the famed Phillips Academy)
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? My favorite place is a tie between London and Mykonos. I spent six months living in London during college and it became a second home for me. But nothing compared to the sunny, relaxed lifestyle on the Greek island of Mykonos!
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? East Africa! I am a lion fanatic and it is my dream to see lions in their natural habitat.
What is your favorite food? Chocolate Chip Cookies
What book are you currently reading? The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? Fenway Park! I am a huge Red Sox fan and I think Fenway is one of the most historic, exciting spots in the area. There is nothing like the smell of Fenway Franks on game day! The best part is you can take tours year round and learn all of the great history and mystery surrounding the park. Go Red Sox!
Jessica Daniels, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
I’m the office liaison to the PhD program, and I write/edit the blog. (But you knew that already.)
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the town of Merrick, on Long Island, New York. After 25 years in the Boston area, just about the only thing I still miss are the vast white-sand Long Island beaches.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? There are so many ways to answer this question. What’s my favorite place that I have traveled to and lived in? (Beijing, China) …my favorite place to travel to and see family? (London, UK) …my favorite nearby place to spend a summer week? (Eastham, MA). But I think the answer to the question as it’s actually worded is Iceland. I had a wonderful trip there with my family a few years ago. The scenery is beautiful, the people are nice, the culture is special. What more could you ask?
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? Again, I could name a bunch of places. We had wanted to go to the Azores this summer. There’s a direct flight from Boston and it’s super easy, but it didn’t work out this time. More of a “wish” on my wish list is Cuba. I’d like to visit before it becomes a typical tourist destination for Americans.
What is your favorite food? Should I say roasted vegetables, and act all healthy? Or should I just say ice cream? Hmmm. Let’s go with ice cream.
What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading The Guts, by Roddy Doyle. I start off slow reading Doyle’s dialect (I need to hear the Irish in my head), but I’ll quickly pick up the pace.
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? The Boston area was the home for several U.S. presidents, and a short trip to Quincy (looks like “quin-see,” but often pronounced “quin-zee” by the locals) lands you at two of them. John Adams (2nd U.S. president) and his son, John Quincy Adams (6th president), both had their roots in a remarkably small corner of the town. It’s now a National Historical Park and well worth the trip.
And that wraps up the introduction of the members of the Admissions team. We’ll close with a photo of the team.Next time you call, be sure to ask us about our favorite food or travel location!
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.
It has been a while since I have organized the Admissions Team members to introduce themselves and we’ve had quite a few staff changes since then. My co-blogger Christine drew up a list of questions that each of us has answered, and I’ll be sharing the responses she assembled for the rest of this week. I’ll provide each staff member’s title (not that we’re particularly title driven around here), and a quick note on an area of specialty. All of us work on everything, to some extent, but there are some areas where one of us is more involved than the others. I’ll start with Dan, the one member of the team who is a Fletcher grad!
Dan Birdsall, Associate Director of Admissions
Dan is the Office liaison to the LLM program. 2011 Fletcher MALD graduate.
Where did you grow up? Home to luminaries including NBA journeyman Donyell Marshall, Super Bowl runner-up Kerry Collins, and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, Reading, Pennsylvania has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the U.S., according to the 2010 census. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great place to grow up, though. One bite of a famous “split” from the Unique Pretzel Company will surely make you regret having been raised anywhere else.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? El Altar, Sangay National Park, Ecuador, so named because the spectacular scenery will make you find religion.
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? Why not Alaska?
What is your favorite food? I imagine I could eat Pad Thai nearly every day and not get sick of it.
What book are you currently reading? Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, by Steve Coll. I’m very relieved to have been reading something “Fletchery” when answering these questions!
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? Trusting my colleagues to recommend the other major must-sees in the area, I’m going with the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, on the 3rd floor of the Hong Kong restaurant. Avoid the (in)famous scorpion bowls of the 2nd floor bar at all costs, and head upstairs for a…let’s say “interesting” experience, at the very least. Of the ten or so comedians you’ll catch on a given night, one or two are likely to be fairly polished professionals, with the rest a mix of amateurs, newbies, and (if you’re lucky) some experimental, avant-garde weirdos. It beats an all-nighter in Ginn, at least!
Laurie Hurley, Director of Admissions
As the Admissions Director, Laurie has her hand in just about everything we do. She’s a particular data hound, and crunches and re-crunches admissions numbers throughout the year.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Nashua, New Hampsire, but have spent most of my life living in Massachusetts. While I love so many international destinations, I am a New Englander through and through. I love Boston, spending weekends in Maine, and exploring the rest of New England.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to? One of my favorite places in the world is the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France — located on the shores of Lake Annecy at the foot of the French Alps in the Haute-Savoie region of France (bordered by Italy and Switzerland). Fletcher hosts an annual alumni symposium in Talloires in early June.
What is the number one spot on your travel wish list? It changes every week, but right now the number one spot on my travel list is Iceland. I hope to get there soon, as it is a quick trip from Boston.
What is your favorite food? It is so hard to pick a favorite food because I love so many things. At this writing I am craving Greek food from one of my favorite restaurants near Tufts — the Greek Corner.
What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, a classic I somehow missed reading earlier in life. At my daughter’s request, I am reading Divergent by Veronica Roth as well.
What is the number one place (Boston-area or on campus) you most hope Fletcher students will visit during their short time here? Fletcher students must visit the North End in Boston before graduating. The North End is one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods and home to dozens of outstanding Italian restaurants.
More introductions coming tomorrow!
With apologies for taking so long to put this together, please meet the remaining three of our Admissions student interns, who work alongside Daniel, Emma, and Rebekah.
Ayako: I am a second-year MALD student from Tokyo, Japan. I’m a “career-changer” at Fletcher; my Fields of Studies are International Political Economy and Human Security. I studied economics and music at Wellesley College for my undergraduate, and then worked for four years at Morgan Stanley’s equity research division covering Japanese financial institutions. I spent the past summer in Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan, working for Aghaaz Leadership Labs, an NGO based in Pakistan. I interviewed entrepreneurs (with more focus on female entrepreneurs) to explore the opportunities and constraints that they face in Pakistan, in order to draft an analysis report.
Having only one more year at Fletcher, I’m trying to make the most out of the opportunity here — auditing classes, attending on and off-campus lectures and events, taking advantage of Boston’s finest art scene (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts and many others!). I’m excited to be working here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have!
Juanita: Hi everyone! I am a second-year MALD studying international business and international negotiation. My interest in international business stems from my experience as a student strategy consultant for a Field Studies in Global Consulting course that I completed during my first year of study at Fletcher. During this course, my teammates and I were able to gain real-world experience as we developed an international partnership engagement strategy for our client. This experience not only allowed me to develop invaluable skills that I will surely use long after I leave Fletcher, but it also allowed me to refocus my coursework and internship experiences as I prepared for my second year, and my career after Fletcher.
While my future aspirations of working at the nexus of international business strategy and strategic partnerships differ from my pre-Fletcher experiences, the Fletcher School has served as an incubator by providing me with exposure to this industry through my classmates, courses, and career services. I look forward to helping you all navigate the admissions process, and answering any questions that you may have about being a “career changer” at the Fletcher School!
Kiyomi: Hello there! I am a first-year MIB student focusing in Strategic Management and International Consultancy and am interested in understanding market-based approaches to social change.
Like many Fletcher students, its not so easy to say where I’m “from.” I grew up in both LA and the Boston area then attended the University of Miami, where I received a degree in communications. After college I worked in consumer banking and private wealth management in the Boston and the Bay areas before leaving corporate America behind to spend time in Latin America.
Immediately before Fletcher I was implementing micro-credit programs as a Kiva Fellow in Mexico and Colombia, and worked with a social start-up in Medellin developing social impact bond initiatives in Latin America.
Outside of my busy school schedule and time as an Admissions Intern, I am a member of the Fletcher Fútbol team and Fletcher Net Impact. For fun I am always looking for more soccer games to play, trying to catch a Football game (Go Pats!), and of course hanging with my wonderful and amazing classmates.
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When you send us an email or call the Admissions Office, the person on the other end of your correspondence may very well be a current Fletcher student. Our Student Interns are called on to do everything from endless photocopying to guiding visitors around the building. We could never complete our work without them, but equally important is that we love getting to know them and having them around! So that you’ll have a sense of the person who wrote the email you just received, the Student Interns will be introducing themselves through the blog. First up are Daniel, Emma, and Rebekah, who between them give a good sense of the diversity of pre-Fletcher professional experience among our students.
Daniel: I am a second-year MALD student focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Human Security. My interests in conflict resolution include facilitated dialogue as part of problem-solving workshops, as well as conflict mediation. Additionally I am interested in the role that the narratives of conflict in history curricula play in promoting reconciliation in post-conflict societies. This interest stems from the eight years that I spent working in history education before coming to Fletcher. I worked as a middle school history teacher, first with Teach for America in Brooklyn and subsequently at a private school in New Orleans. Through the New Teacher Project, I also trained first-year history teachers to work in New Orleans schools. I spent the past summer interning with Search for Common Ground in Zanzibar where (in addition to enjoying the beaches) I helped facilitate trainings for radio journalists, members of the Ministry of Good Governance and Zanzibari civil society. During my time away from school I like to cook and explore the historical sites of Boston.
Emma: Hello! I am a first-year MALD student, born in Cleveland, Ohio, but I’ve called Portland, Oregon my home for the past several years. I majored in Political Science at Reed College, where I focused on conflict studies and non-violent action. Prior to Fletcher I worked for the regional government of Portland and its surrounding suburbs, building community support and consensus among various cities for large-scale transportation and economic development projects. My concentrations here at Fletcher will be International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and International Security Studies.
There is a lot to do at Fletcher outside of the classroom, too! I’m a staff editor for our foreign policy journal, The Fletcher Forum, as well as a volunteer for Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP). Living close to Davis Square, and just a few T stops from Cambridge and Boston, also means that I get to explore my new city, eat a ton of delicious and diverse food, and enjoy my nerdy love of U.S. history. I look forward to hearing from you all soon, and hopefully welcoming you to the Fletcher community!
Rebekah: Hi everyone! I am a first-year MALD student, originally from San Luis Obispo, California, a small city located on California’s Central Coast. I attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs. While at Occidental, I had the opportunity to study for a semester at two universities in Santiago, Chile and also spent the fall semester of my senior year in New York City interning with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in the UN General Assembly. After graduating, I moved to Washington, DC and spent two years working as an administrative and research assistant for an international trade consulting company, where I focused primarily on trade and investment issues in Latin America.
Here at Fletcher, my concentrations are Gender and Human Security (a self-designed field of study) and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. In addition to working as a Student Intern in the Admissions Office, I am a member of the Fletcher Gender Initiative and Fletcher Runners. I am so excited to be here at Fletcher, and I look forward to answering your questions as a Student Intern!
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Fletcher’s Ginn Library reference librarian, Ellen McDonald, and I share something in common: we both have had two Fletcher careers. In Ellen’s case, both careers (separated by a long gap) were in the library. I asked her to reflect on the amazing change to the library’s role in the sharing of information from her first career to her second.
Libraries are undergoing rapid change and Fletcher’s Ginn Library is no exception. Thirty years ago, the central feature of the library’s Reference Room was eight sections of 72-drawer catalog cabinets. Computers were tucked into a small room which contained four boxy terminals. Students worked at the Reading Room tables or settled into individually assigned study carrels in the stacks. The on-duty Reference Librarian could be found seated at a centrally located desk with a phone and small ready-reference book collection at hand. The general rule of library etiquette was QUIET.
Today, Ginn Library looks and feels very different. While quiet study space continues to be one of the library’s main attractions, Fletcher students today also require collaborative work space. One of the major features of a Fletcher education is networking: sharing knowledge and the creation of lifetime bonds. Changes in technology, research, teaching, and learning have created a very different context for the missions of academic libraries. As scholarship has grown more interdisciplinary, so has the library’s space evolved to facilitate this transition. Today, Ginn is filled with furniture and spaces that are easily adapted to changing research and study styles. The lower stacks area is now a group study lounge, equipped with large screens and whiteboards. The group project areas are abuzz with students interacting, teaching one another in peer-to-peer workshops and collaborating on group assignments.
Information abundance due to mass digitization means that librarians have more work guiding users to the right sources — scholarly content can get lost in the internet flood. Increasingly, librarians serve as curators of information, determining what to collect, store and deliver…and what not to collect. With information-on-demand and instant information gratification the rule of the day, googlized students are less likely to need the fact-checking skills of a Reference Librarian. Increasingly, students and professors turn primarily to Ginn’s librarians for in-depths consultations about research papers, Capstone Projects, internships, dissertations and field work. Many of these reference transactions have moved from a reference office and phone to an online chat or e-mail. Some of our GMAP students prefer the technological synthesis of old and new interactions that Skype offers…a digital “face-to-face” meeting.
The impact of digital technology pervades most every library function. The library’s oak catalog disappeared twenty years ago and large portions of the collection have followed it into the virtual world. The ability to digitally obtain material via interlibrary loans has exploded the physical limitations of the library’s collection. Ginn has less need to store large runs of journals, as digital libraries and resource-sharing consortia proliferate. But walk into the Reading Room, and you’ll be transported back in time to Fletcher’s beginnings when the photograph to the right was taken. Some things will never change. The walls here still contain the same treaty collections, state papers and legal treatises. Portraits of former deans still line the walls. The library as a physical place continues to be a hub of learning and a connection to our past and shared history. Despite all that has changed over the decades in Ginn Library, visiting alumni will discover a library space that continues on as the heart of the Fletcher School — a place for connection, collaboration and contemplation.
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