This has been the post-admissions-decision week when I have felt most overwhelmed by the pace of work, made worse by a busy week at home that left no extra time to extend my work day. Lengthy or detailed blog posts have been one of the casualties.
Today I’m going to share a few sentences that have come my way and that I think capture the nature of Fletcher. The first comes from Ben Mazzotta, a member of the research staff of the Institute for Business in the Global Context who is also a graduate of the MALD and PhD programs, and who is about to embark on a new adventure on assignment for USAID. In a note of farewell, Ben wrote:
It has been a privilege to work here, where so many people genuinely come to work in the morning with the belief that we can solve the world’s problems, and then set about doing exactly that.
For students, this is their school, but for faculty and staff, this is our workplace, and Ben has captured the reason why so many of us have dedicated many years to working here.
The second note also came from an alumnus, in this case one who has gone on to become the ambassador from Pakistan to Japan. After hosting an event for newly admitted students in Tokyo, Ambassador Amil reported back on the brief speech he gave at the event:
My message was that Fletcher has given so much to us in building bridges of understanding and hope, and it is important to maintain that connectivity. I made friends for life there!
We Admissions staffers are proud of the role we play in building the Fletcher student and alumni communities. In a busy week, reading these brief but timely notes reminds us of the impact we hope to have.