Less than a month remains before graduation in May. Let’s take a look at the two-year Annotated Curriculum of Aditi, one of our graduating bloggers.
Dasra, Mumbai, India
PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India
Fields of Study
Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (self-designed)
Post-Fletcher Professional Goals
Technology for development; monitoring and evaluation
- Design and Monitoring for Peacebuilding and Development Programming (0.5 credit)
- Social Networks in Organizations, Part One and Part Two
- Corporate Social Responsibility in the Age of Globalization
- Quantitative Methods (0.5 credit)
- Data Analysis and Statistical Methods
I came to Fletcher with an interest in technology for development and in design, monitoring, and evaluation. I was lucky to start my year off with the Design and Monitoring module, where I not only learned a great deal, but also made some of my closest friends at Fletcher. I also decided to take some basic quantitative classes such as statistics and quantitative methods in order to help me feel more prepared for classes down the road. Social Network Analysis and Corporate Social Responsibility were courses I took to try and explore new areas — although I came to Fletcher with a very clear sense of what I wanted to do, I also wanted to make sure that I tried out some new subjects.
- Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development for Practitioners and Donors (0.5 credit)
- Advanced Evaluation and Learning in International Organizations (0.5 credit)
- Econometrics (at the Friedman School)
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Financial Inclusion: A Method for Development
After spending winter break with friends in the warmer climes of New Orleans and Austin, I returned early to Fletcher to dive into Evaluation, the second module of the Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DME) course series. My spring semester was focused on specific skills I knew I wanted to gain before the summer and before second year, so that I would have the option to take courses that I found more challenging. I took my econometrics class at the Friedman School in downtown Boston since the Fletcher course was over-subscribed, which turned out to be a great experience. In addition to furthering my knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, I also brushed up on basic research methods and had the chance to learn more about financial inclusion, a topic about which I had heard a lot but never had the chance to formally study. The semester was also made more challenging by the fact that I was working more hours a week at my campus job than I could realistically handle, but in retrospect, I’m glad I took the opportunity to earn a little extra money for my summer internship!
Manos de Madres, Kigali, Rwanda
Since I already wrote about my summer internship, I’ll just say a few quick words about how my academics at Fletcher fit into it. My courses in design, monitoring, and evaluation and financial inclusion really gave me the tools to apply to my work with Manos de Madres — from conducting a Theory of Chance exercise with the team in Kigali, to thinking through how the savings group program could be improved, I found myself falling back on my Fletcher classes time and again. I also spent some time over the summer conducting research for my Capstone Project.
- Foundations in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance
- Econometric Impact Evaluation for Develoment
- International Economic Policy Analysis
- The Art and Science of Statecraft
I returned to Fletcher early once again, this time to be the teaching assistant for the DME course series. I hadn’t had much of a break or a holiday over the summer, but decided to dive right into my year and challenge myself with my courses. I had taken so many requirements in the previous year in order to build up to taking a certain set of classes, and I was loath to let any of those go — and so I ended up (very happily) over-extending myself and learning more in one semester than I could ever have imagined. By the end of the year, I couldn’t believe my newfound comfort with numbers, or the confidence with which I could read and interpret statistics. Although the course load was incredibly hard, I don’t think I have ever worked harder or been prouder of myself. On the flip side, I didn’t have quite as much fun enjoying all the other wonderful things that Fletcher has to offer, and so I decided that come spring semester, I would focus on a select few things and aim to do them well, while spending time enjoying the full Fletcher experience.
- International Investment Law
- Development Economics: Macroeconomic Perspectives
- Independent study (Capstone)
- Civil Resistance: Global Implications of Nonviolent Struggles for Rights and Accountability (0.5 credit)
- US-European Relations since the fall of the Berlin Wall (0.5 credit)
After a rushed and exciting trip back home to India for a friend’s wedding, I came back early as the teaching assistant for the Evaluation module of the DME series. In true “senioritis” fashion, I realized I had left some of my requirements to the end of my time at Fletcher, and found two of my credits filled by those courses. Given that I wanted to focus on my Capstone, I enrolled in an Independent Study with my advisor, Professor Jenny Aker, and then took two half-credit courses in topics that seemed very interesting to me but that I had little knowledge of. So far, the semester has been a good balance, and I have been careful not to overcommit, to make time for enjoying friends, lectures, and all the other events that Fletcher has to offer.
Of course, I also have to make sure that I find time to apply to jobs and figure out what comes next for me after this wonderful journey — so cross your fingers and hope that my next (and last!) post on this blog as a Fletcher student brings good news!