Tweak to the essay questions

Earlier in the summer, I confidently stated that we wouldn’t be changing the application essay questions this year.  And then the staff got to talking…and the result is that we have added two options to the existing topic for what we call “Essay 2.”  If you’ve already drafted your essay, fear not.  Option three is the same as last year’s essay topic.

For everyone who hasn’t yet written the essay, here’s what you’re going to find on this year’s application.

Essay 2, Required for ALL degree programs
300 words maximum, single-spaced, Arial 12-point font

While at Fletcher, students learn from each other and share their experiences.  One of the goals of The Fletcher School’s admissions process is to bring together students from different countries, regions of the U.S., backgrounds, professional experiences, and educational disciplines.  We invite you to tell us who you are and the perspective you will add to the Fletcher community.  Please select and answer one of the following questions:

1.We are shaped by the places where we live.  Tell us about the city, town, or region that you consider to be your “home town,” – that place where you lived for most of your life or to which you feel most connected.  What makes your home town special and how has it contributed to who you are now?
2. Describe an experience (academic, personal, or professional) that contributed to your interest in the study of international affairs or an international career.
3. Share an anecdote or details about an experience or personal interest that you have not elaborated on elsewhere in your application.

Note that you should not start filling out the application form yet.  We’ll be swapping out the 2017-2018 application and replacing it with the 2018-2019 application by the end of August.  For now, do whatever writing you would like, but hold off on adding it to the Slate application.

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