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Today is Patriot’s Day, a public holiday in only Massachusetts and Maine. The Admissions Office is closed, as is the rest of Tufts University, so that the Tufts Marathon Team members don’t need to worry about classes. (Well, maybe the University is closed because it’s a public holiday — not only because of the Marathon.) In any event, send us your questions by email, and we will respond on Tuesday.
A current student, Ayako, graduated from Wellesley College, right on the Marathon course. There’s a Wellesley tradition to cheer on the Marathoners, and Ayako’s successors have made this sign at her request, to support our team.
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In only four days, on Monday, April 15, Boston will host its famous annual marathon. In addition to well-known long-distance runners, you’ll find the Tufts Marathon Team, which includes a Fletcher squad. And one of the Fletcher runners is student blogger Scott Snyder.
Spring semester assignments are coming due and internship application season is in full gear, but I’ve also been concentrating on another yearlong goal — the Boston Marathon.
For the 10th year running (no pun intended) the Tufts Marathon Team (TMT), which consists of students, alumni and staff, will run to raise money for Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, mainly geared towards fighting child obesity. I had heard about the opportunity to run the marathon before I started this year, but didn’t realize how much fun it would be to train under coach Donald Megerle and with the team.
I ran my first marathon last summer in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia and trained all over Asia — Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, and cities throughout China. I didn’t think training in Boston, with a bunch of people who run at different speeds, would be as interesting and fun as that experience. Turns out it has been even better and has given me an outlet outside of the classroom — like so many of the opportunities here at Fletcher.
During this training process I have spent my weekends running the actual course — from Hopkinton, through Wellesley and Newton, to downtown Boston — so I’ll start the race having run the whole route and knowing all those brutal hills. I’ve run Heartbreak Hill about six times; if you don’t know the myth/story behind it, you can view it here. Along with my training partner, fellow Fletcherite Morgan Lerette, I trained on the route twice with Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Marathon winner with a time of 2:09:00 and the last American to win it. We got to hear plenty of stories about training in Boston during those two runs — luckily he’s a good storyteller.
Running is a passion of mine, and along with the TMT, Fletcher also has a running club, if you are not up for running 26.2 miles in April. There are also numerous other clubs here that can fit with your own personal and professional interests. All these clubs are student run and are always looking for new leaders to take them over. They bring in renowned speakers, put on conferences, and most importantly, sponsor our weekly Social Hours (really, Happy Hours) to educate the student body on the issues of the day.
So, not matter how busy Fletcher will make you academically, you can always find time to put in hours working on something that may be different from whatever you are doing in the classroom. Or, if you are a very studious individual, you can build on your academic interests through your clubs focus.
Scott’s photo above includes from left to right, second-year MALD student Mario, head of the Fletcher running club, Marathon-winner Greg Meyer, Scott, and running-partner Morgan. Fletcher TMT runners, whose profiles can be found on the TMT page, are: Natalie Bowlus; Oscar Camargo; Katherine Ferrari; Jacob Fromer; Amy Heading; Alex Kaz; Morgan Lerrette; Brennan Mullaney; Tomo Nagasaki; Maki Nakata; Jane Phelan; Davie Wallsh; and Annie Wanlund.
The morning after the Open House for us, but we know that many of yesterday’s visitors are continuing a school-by-school tour of the east coast, so let’s stay with the topic of choosing a grad school.
Responding to last week’s blog reader survey, one wag of a respondent asked: What sets Fletcher apart from X and Y? Please make my choice easier . Of course, the reader didn’t write X and Y, but rather the names of two of our friendly competitor schools. I’ve taken out the names because we never say anything negative about our peers. Not even when they create copycat admissions blogs.
But I digress.
So relying on the power of the Social List, I asked students to tell me why they chose Fletcher. Here, in no special order, are the responses.
Three things. First, the flexibility of the curriculum, which personally I preferred over more structure. Second, the fantastic professors who are very rooted in practice. Third, the dynamic energy of the students, who have more diverse experiences and perspectives than I think I’ve seen anywhere else!
The sense of community I perceived among Fletcher students I met before enrolling was one of the biggest factors for me. I also liked how flexible one could be academically at Fletcher.
The key feature of Fletcher that led me to enroll here was the focus on the intersection of the private and public sectors. I’m interested in how private businesses can work with public sector institutions, and my experiences here at Fletcher, inside and outside the classroom, have helped me further my pursuit of such a career. I applied and was accepted to several joint degree (MBA/MA in IR) programs and Fletcher was able to combine both of these aspects without my needing to enroll in such a three-year program.
I chose Fletcher because I love public service. I plan to work for an international organization, and later return to Colombia to serve my country and further international cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. Accordingly, I decided to come to The Fletcher School to learn the necessary skills in the area of international law. I want to focus on how international agreements can affect state behaviors on security and foreign policy, and the importance of including human rights in public policies related to security and transnational crime. The Fletcher School is an international forum of leadership. I have access to world-leading professors and experts in international law and security, and that has been awesome! I want to dedicate this period of my life to my education, and in the long-run devote all of my energies to working toward a better future for Colombia.
I chose Fletcher for two main reasons. First, and most important from my perspective, was the incredible sense of community at Fletcher. In all of my interactions with alumni, current students, administration, and faculty, I felt a truly unique sense of community that I really admired and wanted to be part of. Visiting Fletcher confirmed that for me, when I got to see for myself the collaborative and supportive nature of the student body, and just how open, inviting, and incredibly diverse Fletcher students are in their experiences and passions. In addition, I chose Fletcher because of the flexibility of its curriculum. I find it extremely valuable that I have so much autonomy over the classes I take here. I like being able to broaden my academic experience with classes in several fields that interest me (development economics, diplomacy, and gender studies). Having no specific core requirements has left a lot of flexibility to study what I am most passionate about, while still leaving me the opportunity to challenge myself with difficult ‘core-like’ courses (statistics, econometrics, etc.) when I choose to take them.
I just want to respond to one concern that I’ve heard raised about Fletcher, in comparison to some other schools: “I’m not sure if suburban Medford is where I want to be for my mid-twenties” — i.e. I’d rather be in the heart of an urban center with lots of exciting diversions for twenty-somethings. First of all, Fletcher isn’t very far at all from plenty of exciting cultural diversions in Davis/Cambridge/downtown Boston, etc. But I think in general, making a decision about grad school based on whether the location has those types of things is not necessarily very fruitful. The reality is that grad school is a lot of work, and no matter where you’re located, you won’t have that much time to be exploring cities and going to clubs/plays etc. That isn’t really the purpose of grad school, after all. That definitely doesn’t mean that grad school has to be all work and no fun — it just means that in your free time you may be more focused on getting to know the interesting people around you, which you can do whether you’re in a hip club or at a dinner party at someone’s house. I think of my mid-twenties as the last time I’ll be able to really fully immerse myself in an academic community, both a community inside of the classroom and outside, whereas I’ll have more than enough time to live in the heart of big cities for the rest of my life.
Finally, there’s this story:
I decided to enroll in Fletcher after a fairly circuitous path. When I was an 18-year-old international relations major, I always considered Fletcher the place one would naturally aspire to go for grad school. However, instead of following my intended path of becoming a diplomat, I graduated wanting to become a community organizer and urban farmer. Years later, after a variety of professional experiences related to sustainable agriculture and community development in Chicago and Thailand, I thought that urban planning and environmental policy programs would be the best fit for my graduate education. Therefore, I applied to graduate programs that were apples and oranges when compared to each other: urban planning, public policy, agriculture, and environmental management. Fletcher was the only APSIA school to which I applied, and the only one that was explicitly internationally focused. I knew in the back of my mind that Fletcher was the only place that would truly allow me to explore the wide variety of interests I had, particularly as related to human security, systems thinking, environment and resource policy, and international development.
There were multiple aspects of Fletcher that ultimately led me to enroll here. The first was flexibility, both in the admissions process (I deferred so I could stay longer in Thailand to work and travel) and in academics. The second was financial. Fletcher seemed to be the only school that truly understood my situation after volunteering in Thailand for a year. The third, and most important, was the community. Given the fact that I couldn’t attend the Admissions Open House, I relied on Skype and email to contact as many Fletcher students as possible from Thailand. While I waited weeks to hear back from students at other schools, Fletcher students responded promptly and at length. What I loved from the students was a continuous theme of “Tell me about yourself and allow me to help you figure out how your interests could fit in at Fletcher. We want you to make the best decision for YOU, not because ‘Fletcher is the best place.’” Today, I could not see myself anywhere else. The community has been outstanding and, thanks to my Field Studies in Global Consulting class this semester, I’ve rediscovered my passion for urban planning and housing issues, and will be self-designing a field of study in international urban planning and development.
As you can see, students come to their decision in different ways, but I hope you’ll note the two key themes that emerge: flexibility in the curriculum, and the community. They’re two of the consistent qualities of a Fletcher education.
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In this installment, Student Stories blogger Roxanne shares some of the academic rituals she has started developing at Fletcher, including her experiences attending conferences and workshops in her field of study.
I have written about the “exhale” I associated with the feeling of semi-permanence that a two-year Master’s degree program afforded me, after a few years of relatively nomadic work abroad. In addition to the content of the learning, I looked forward to the rituals and rhythms of an academic life — ranging from establishing traditions as simple as having a favorite library desk (mine: on the 3rd floor by the windows) or having a studying playlist, to finding an academic mentor and crafting papers word-by-word and footnote-by-footnote. Academia differs from field work in conflict management not only on account of the different kinds of impact these sectors make, but also in terms of the lifestyles they entail.
In the past month, I have had the privilege of indulging in another beloved – or dreaded, depending on your level of dorkiness and/or outlook – academic ritual: the conference. The Fletcher School and Tufts at large are bursting at the seams with summits, conferences, and workshops this spring, but some of us have been traveling beyond this community as well. Shortly after the DC Career Trip, I went to New York to attend “Deconstructing Prevention,” a conference on the prevention of mass atrocities. What drew me to the event was a panelist list full of the authors whose work I footnoted regularly, and the practitioners of genocide prevention whose articles I have bookmarked for years. Therein, for me, lies one of the greatest sources of exhilaration about returning to an academic environment, after a few years as a practitioner of conflict management around the world: One can, even for a few days, be in the presence of, or in conversation with, the individuals who shape the direction of their field of work, study, and interest. What was previously a remote and theoretical study can become an interaction and a present conversation, in ways that humanize intellectual pursuits and spark curiosity.
In a sense, what I describe above is similar to the feeling I had when I arrived at my first field placement as a gender and conflict management professional in Egypt. At the time, I was craving a more intimate look into the questions I had been studying from afar, a diminishing of the distance I perceived between me and impact. Returning to academia – even if this is a temporary return – has cast new distance between me and field work, but has placed me closer to the minds who form much of the discourse in this field. A lot of the explorations remain theoretical in their content, but being in the same geographic area as many academics and practitioners has motivated me to ask more questions, establish more mentoring relationships, and seek to learn from and alongside anyone who can share their knowledge.
In addition to Deconstructing Prevention, I had the pleasure of attending “Advocacy in Conflict,” a terrific week of events planned by the Fletcher School’s World Peace Foundation. The public event and closed seminars drew together many human rights advocates, humanitarian personnel, journalists, and academics. Later this semester, I hope to attend a conference on gender and armed conflict, an event on public speaking, and a workshop on gender mainstreaming. Fletcher’s location in the vibrant academic community of the Boston area is conducive to these explorations. Additionally, Fletcher makes available a small amount of discretionary funding to students who wish to attend conferences, enabling us to learn from our peers and other institutions. Next time you see me at a conference, please do say hello!
I suppose that most Fletcher students ultimately miss a class or two — they’re out and about for a job interview, or they attend a special lecture and ask a classmate to take notes for them. I’m pretty sure, though, that I’ve never (in my long Fletcher life) heard of a student returning a week late from spring break, due to his music tour through Russia and Europe. Here’s Mirza’s report, which hit my email inbox on Sunday, midway through the tour. Blog readers in Belgium can catch the final gig Saturday night at the Dunk! Festival.
As I was preparing for my new life as a graduate student at Fletcher last summer, I made a decision to no longer pursue music in any capacity, in order to focus all my attention on school. As music for me was never just a hobby, I couldn’t envision balancing the demanding schedule of running a small business that I am passionate about while concurrently being a full-time student. In addition, my music partner was in the midst of his own MA degree, and together we simply could not dedicate sufficient time to Arms and Sleepers. We talked about it, and decided to call it quits.
Throughout my first semester at Fletcher, however, I realized that despite the busy and hectic graduate school schedule, most students maintain their personal interests and successfully balance their professional aspirations with personal passions. This is why there are so many student clubs, after all, and even a school band, Los Fletcheros. Through my classmates, I learned that it’s a good thing that the library is not open 24/7, that Fletcher shouldn’t take up 100% of one’s time and energy, and that pursuing other interests makes for a healthier and more fulfilling graduate school experience. By the end of the fall semester, I decided that there was nothing really wrong or impossible about calling oneself a musician and a graduate student at the same time. My schedule would certainly prove tricky, but not unmanageable.
One of my first endeavors as I return to music has been a two-week long tour of Europe and Russia.
One week fell during the spring break, and for the second week I will be missing a couple of classes. I decided that this would be a worthwhile pursuit, since it means that I would not need to be employed during the semester, allowing me to focus on my studies. By working intensely for two weeks, instead of a few hours each week, I could set up a schedule for the semester that would suit my personal preferences. Moreover, taking a small break from Medford and doing something completely different for two weeks would provide mental rejuvenation. Though completing assignments while traveling non-stop is exhausting, being in an entirely different mindset for a short while could be quite rewarding. Finally, pursuing several passions is never a bad thing, no matter how divergent they may be. Each has its own benefits and can contribute immensely to personal growth.
I am writing this blog entry at a Starbucks next to Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The tour thus far has been extremely demanding and hectic (two hours of sleep last night, travel early in the morning, write a short paper today, perform tonight), but I am quite happy to be exploring new places, meeting new people, and being in a different environment from my usual day-to-day. I have managed to complete class readings, and will even try to Skype into one of my Fletcher classes. I am also meeting two admitted students in Moscow and Kyiv, Ukraine to chat about Fletcher. So, though a busy schedule, it’s proving to be personally rewarding, fulfilling, and memorable.
The lesson for me — mostly learned from my classmates — has been that managing several different interests while in graduate school is possible and perhaps even worth it. Not only that, but if you can maintain in some capacity your pre-Fletcher work position, it could be a good way to pay for your living expenses while in school. (The burritos and frozen yogurts in Davis Square. The vending machine snacks during marathon library sessions.) Not everyone will have this option, but for those who do, it’s worth considering before setting foot on campus.
(Photos were borrowed from the Arms and Sleepers facebook page.)
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I’ve always admired the print edition of The Fletcher Forum, but the online version is simply fantastic. Those hardworking students manage to put together an astounding amount of high-quality (and highly interesting) content. Here’s the latest update that the Forum Online staff sent to the community.
Fletcher Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Prospective Students,
The Fletcher Forum Online — the online portal of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the school’s student-run international affairs journal — has had an exciting Spring Semester thus far, and we recently concluded a Special Series commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War. We invite you to visit our website to read some of our great content, and to consider submitting your own article for publication!
Here are some of our recent web highlights:
The Reality of the War in Iraq, Noam Chomsky, Professor (Emeritus), Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, MIT.
An Interview with Dr. Mowaffak Al–Rubaie, Former National Security Advisor of Iraq.
I’m Glad We Invaded Iraq, Janessa Gans Wilder, former CIA analyst; Founder and CEO of The Euphrates Institute.
Iraq: You Can’t Support the Troops without Supporting the Mission, Marine Captain Timothy Kudo, graduate student at New York University who deployed to Iraq in 2009 and to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.
Iraq: The Mistake Was Staying, Harvey Sapolsky, Professor (Emeritus), Political Science, and Director (Emeritus) of the Security Studies Program, MIT.
World Peace through Entrepreneurship… But Only if You Fund It, Steven Koltai, former Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of State; Founder and CEO of Koltai & Co, LLC.
Israel’s Siege Mentality and the Faltering Peace Process, Dr. Jacob Abadi, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History, United States Air Force Academy.
Embracing Danger: Self-Defense Firearms in the Home, Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology, University of Brighton, England.
Please feel free to comment at the bottom, and share your suggestions with us — we are always looking for ways to improve. To submit your own piece for publication please email us.
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Online
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I quite unapologetically check the Social List (the mostly-student elist) regularly for information about less-than-official goings on at Fletcher, and the ideas and information that are traded there never cease to amaze me. Here’s an example.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, at 3:28, an international student wrote:
Can you please recommend some very good, calm/peaceful country music for me? I don’t mean old, but something a little melancholic and nostalgic.
At 3:39 the options start to build, when a U.S. student recommended:
Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams are all pretty fantastic. I would just Spotify/Pandora their greatest hits albums, although listening to Johnny Cash’s “Live at Folsom Prison” all the way through is also a great experience.
At 3:53, the next suggestion:
They’re not often counted as “country” musicians, but you may want to check out some of the music at the roots of both the country and blues music genres. Folklorist Alan Lomax also traveled through the South in the 1930s and 1940s recording a lot of these folks in their hometowns for the Library of Congress, and his work provides a pretty fascinating look into a slice of U.S. history.
Finally, 3:58, only a half hour after the original email:
If this is the direction you’re going, then I’d recommend Robert Johnson, Skip James, and Mississippi John Hurt (my personal favorite). Truly beautiful, humble, and haunting music.
And just like that, the student has the information he needs to kick off his search for country music. Thank you, Social List.
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As I mentioned, last week was spring break for students. Roxanne used her time to write about how she likes to spend her Sundays when not on vacation. She also suggested that I explain why we refer to the campus as being in Medford/Somerville. This old map shows why. The dotted line is the Medford/Somerville boundary. The highlighted portion is Fletcher field, and the F represents Fletcher (though not to scale). So you can spend happy hours walking on and off Fletcher field, crossing town lines as you do so. (Medford. Somerville. Medford. Somerville.) But back to Roxanne. Here’s her prescription for a perfect spring Sunday:
As I write this blog post, I am pretending the winter is over. The snow melting in the driveway co-exists with buds on trees, and the part of me that was looking forward to experiencing four distinct seasons upon her arrival in the Northeast is ready for the next season to arrive. I have cherished the long, slow, beautiful Boston fall and the accompanying foliage, the many snowflakes of winter and the legendary Fletcher Ski Trip and snowball fight they inspired, and I am now ready for the river to thaw. In the spirit of sharing what I am looking forward to in the Fletcher neighborhood, here is a glimpse into what would constitute my perfect spring Sunday in Medford/Somerville.
First, a sacred ritual of the weekend: brunch. Better yet, an affordable, graduate-student-friendly brunch. Sound Bites and its stuffed French toast are favorites, as are their bottomless coffee and the Syrian managers with whom I reminisce about our time in Aleppo, particularly at a time when Aleppo is the site of much heartbreak. Renee’s Café, open from Wednesday to Sunday, is another favorite local business, whose menu is colorfully handwritten onto a chalkboard and whose staff members fill a weekend with smiles. And if you are in a rush and must skip sit-down breakfast, you have to stop by Magnificent Muffin, where the line snakes out the door for the yummiest muffins and iced coffee in the neighborhood. Now, allow me to cheat for a minute and veer away from my weekend plan, and say that if this were the middle of the week, you would not be able to skip Masala. On weekdays, their $8 all-you-can-eat Indian buffet, with free servings of garlic naan, is a culinary highlight and the warmth of the Masala employees is equally memorable.
Back to the vision of a sunny spring weekend, though….The kayak that is defrosting on the balcony wishes to go for a float down Mystic River, around the corner, perhaps all the way to Mystic Lake. And if we are in more of a biking mood, the Minuteman Bikeway is — you guessed it — around the corner as well. Middlesex Fells Reservation is a terrific place to hike, and the watertower at the top offers beautiful views of downtown Boston.
Speaking of downtown Boston…on the first Friday of the month, a number of Boston museums — including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art on the waterfront — offer a “Night at the Museum,” with DJs, wine, and an opportunity to wander through the galleries with a different ambiance. Museum admission is free with a Tufts ID — and while you are exploring, do not miss the courtyard of the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
At this point, you have likely run out of weekend time, and that is before I have had the chance to share a few other Boston favorites: bookstores, cafés, experiences around my former neighborhood of Harvard Square, and all the talks, panels, and events happening at the many universities around town. Stay tuned for more tours of the area, and hopefully, for some images of spring to complement the photographs of Fletcher seasons.
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An annual Fletcher tradition is the “Faculty and Staff Waits on You” dinner, which is pretty much what it sounds like. And an annual tradition of the event is the auction of, well, all sorts of interesting stuff provided by the community. And a tradition of the auction is to provide the funds raised to a worthy organization. This year, the funds went to AYO, an NGO with which a 2012 LLM graduate, Sevan Karian, is working. Sevan contacted me recently with information about AYO and the auction. I asked him to tell me more.
AYO means “YES” in Armenian (and could also mean “Armenian Youth Organization”). This is the new name we’ve just chosen on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of our organization. Today, AYO’s mission is to help the unprivileged kids of Armenia through education programs, using sports and arts as tools for their development.
AYO builds or improves schools, orphanages, and kindergartens in very poor and remote villages of the country, as well as the infrastructure to practice sports and arts around these buildings. In addition, AYO organizes summer camps every year in these villages, thanks to dozens of volunteers coming from France and elsewhere to spend a month with the children to teach them new skills. This video tells AYO’s story:
I became involved in AYO after 2005, when I had lived with indigenous communities in southern Mexico (Chiapas). I realized that I really wanted to be involved with a development aid organization in order to help people, and particularly children, in need. Back in Paris, I met by chance with the former leaders of AYO. They were looking for young people to revitalize this organization, which was falling apart. With a few friends, I devoted my free time over the next five years — when I was a law student and then a lawyer — to restructuring the organization, restoring contact with local populations in Armenia, as well as finding and organizing new projects in poor villages, which have taken place every summer since 2007!
Originally a lawyer in the energy and business sector in Paris, I came to Fletcher in 2011 for the the LLM program and I took the amazing John Hammock’s class on NGO Management and Ethics. This helped me a lot to frame my goals for AYO toward professionalization of the organization, and its expansion. I am now working almost full-time with AYO, trying to find more funds and more projects. Better organized and more efficient, AYO currently has an office in Paris with two interns, two workers in Armenia, and now a branch of the NGO opening in Boston!
I hope we will continue in this way and that AYO will be able to run several construction projects and summer camps in 2013 in Armenia, with the participation of French and also U.S. volunteers!
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Not infrequently, we read application essays that describe an interest in studying languages while at Fletcher. Depending on how much detail the applicant provides, we may sense that there’s a mismatch between what Fletcher offers and what the applicant is looking for. Fletcher is not foremost a graduate school for cultural or language study, though many students certainly have a regional focus for their coursework or their career objectives. Our assumption is that you’re going to arrive at Fletcher with proficiency in the language(s) you need for your studies and career. At the very least, we expect you to have skills strong enough to pass the language exam, which is a requirement for graduation. (If you’re close, but not quite proficient enough, we may make your admission conditional upon completion of an intensive language program.)
But that doesn’t mean that Fletcher students have no opportunity for language study. Students may petition to take up to two language courses as part of their curriculum, and there are good reasons why someone would want to do so. Let’s say that your focus is East Asia and you speak Mandarin. You might want to acquire Japanese skills for your future career. Using two of your credits for language courses, in that case, makes perfect sense.
If you want to develop your language skills, but don’t want to use course credits to do so, you may decide to audit a class. The building that houses the University’s two language departments (the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages) is conveniently located right next to Fletcher, making it easy to dash over for classes. The meaning of “audit” is between you and the instructor, and you may want to commit yourself to completing more or fewer of the class assignments.
Less formally, if what you’re looking for is a chance to keep up your skills, you may find fellow students who will want to join you. Every year, students establish Chinese/French/Swahili/Russian/other study groups, where they might gather for coffee and a little exercise of the part of the brain that controls languages.
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