We’ve got one remaining introduction to make to readers, closing out a few weeks of welcoming new faces to the blog, and to our team. Rita Berglund joined the team last week as our new Staff Assistant, and we’re delighted to have her here. Current and prospective applicants to Fletcher should take particular note, as Rita is likely to be the first face greeting visitors to our office, and may also be a first point of contact for phone and email inquiries, as well. I’ll let Rita take things from here.
I’m very excited to be joining the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Fletcher School! Prior to joining the amazing team here, I was in Atlanta studying International Affairs and Japanese at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, I discovered my passion for learning and researching about subjects like economic immigration and sustainability. I also interned as the Assistant Director of Membership Services at the Atlanta Council on International Relations, where I had the opportunity to listen to speakers from various backgrounds speaking about pertinent issues in the international affairs realm. In addition to international affairs, another one of my passions is studying Japanese language and culture. I was most recently in Japan for a study abroad program that was focused on sustainability in megaregions, and I had a fantastic time! One of the most eye-opening experiences during the program was when we had the opportunity to visit Fukushima and the site of the nuclear meltdown.
When I saw this career opportunity at Fletcher, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. I would be able to combine my passion for international affairs with my previous experience in customer-facing roles. By being at Fletcher, I hope to continue to surround myself with individuals from around the world and to learn more about what working in higher education entails. Although I’ve only been at Fletcher for one week, I have already met so many great people, and I am very happy that I can now say I am a part of the Fletcher family! Also, any tips on how to survive my first New England winter would be greatly appreciated so please feel free to stop by the office if you have any good ones!