This is the Fletcher Admissions Blog, and it might seem that one of my tasks is to answer directly the question of why an admitted applicant should decide to enroll at Fletcher. As it happens, several years ago I created a “Why Fletcher” tag, but it only has a few posts in it: the one when we asked students in the Hall of Flags why they had enrolled; the one in which I shared the results of an informal survey on the topic; the one that a student wrote about how it’s really okay to spend two years away from the Beltway. In total — not even enough posts for Why Fletcher to appear in the tag cloud.
The paucity of posts reflects my understanding that admitted students don’t want to make their enrollment decision on the basis of the opinions of an Admissions staff member. Plus, isn’t this entire blog an answer to the Why Fletcher question? There are the stories of our faculty members, who are both experts in their fields (as you would expect) and also interesting individuals. There’s all the information about our students, including their reports on interesting things they do each year, and their ongoing stories. And there are our alumni, particularly those who graduated a year ago or five years ago, and whose trajectories are most relevant for someone who is about to start graduate school.
Within posts, there are many references to the exciting work being done by our programs and centers, such as the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Institute for Business in the Global Context, and the International Security Studies Program. And last, there’s all sorts of good stuff cookin’ at the Office of Career Services, not to mention in our neighborhood.
So, to me, it’s obvious why a student would want to spend one or two (or even more) years at Fletcher. I hope that after doing your research, including reading through the blog archives, you’ll agree! But I know that I won’t be the one who ultimately convinces you.