Nick’s reading day(s)

As he experiences the joys and pains of his first Fletcher reading season, Nick has the honor of continuing a very important Admissions Blog tradition: the reading day post! Like most application readers past and current, he makes sure to strategize ways to stay fresh in order to get through the workload. Unlike most readers, though, he has the background to generate an artisanally-curated playlist to sustain him through the day. And if that doesn’t work, well, there’s always an adorable baby on call to help out…

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Introducing Yaritza

We’re thrilled to welcome some new team members to our office, and the timing couldn’t be better. There’s lots of work to be done as we process and evaluate applications, and prepare to release admissions decisions! Today we introduce Yaritza Peña, whose prior admissions and international recruitment experience makes her a natural fit. And, in conjunction with Nick, her fine arts background greatly increases the high culture quotient on our team. Welcome, Yaritza!

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Introducing Rita

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.

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Introducing Nick

Last week readers met our new first-year student bloggers, but there’s another important introduction remaining. Nick Gleason joined our team about a month ago as our new Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, and has rapidly immersed himself in the Fletcher community. As you’ll see below, some of Nick’s background is unique for Fletcher, though he also brings a great depth of admissions experience that’s already been of great benefit to our office.

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Staff advice to incoming students, Part One

Every now and then, I like to be sure to have my Admissions co-conspirators contribute to this blog, since they’re a sharp bunch who are full of useful observations. It’s also a sly way to introduce them a bit to readers without having to force them to do a formal “About me”-type post. I sometimes forget that my off-handed references to Laurie, Lucas, Liz, and Lindsey may be confusing to readers who have no idea who all these L’s are. I asked my compatriots to share some advice for incoming students as they prepare to begin at Fletcher this fall.

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Admissions staff, here and there throughout the summer

As summer approaches, the general pace of things around Fletcher likewise undergoes a seasonal shift. We still have a lot of work that keeps us very busy, but with most students (and many faculty) gone the place is definitely quieter, and our attention turns toward larger projects that tend to get sidelined during the semester, as well as planning for the upcoming year. The typical day gets a bit less hectic, and many of us actually take the opportunity to get away a little and use up some vacation time. While there’s no formal policy restricting vacation to the summer months, in practice the demands of our work make it difficult to get away for more than the occasional long weekend here and there during the academic year. There’s a lot for us to get done over the summer, but also a bit more breathing room to schedule a bit of away time.

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