Meredith’s dual degree journey

We recently heard from recent Fletcher graduate Meredith Shea, now officially wrapping up her grad school experience. Meredith’s path is a somewhat unusual one, as she’s been pursuing a dual degree from Fletcher and the University of Miami School of Law. As such, Meredith actually graduated from Fletcher this past February, and just concluded her law degree within the past few weeks.

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Chisaki dives into wind power at the School of Engineering

One of the great pleasures of maintaining this blog is learning of various goings-on at and around Fletcher about which I otherwise would never have known. Current MA student Chisaki recently provided me with a good example. As a one-year degree student, Chisaki’s time at Fletcher has gone quickly. As you’ll see, she’s taken advantage of it with a unique cross-registration opportunity with the School of Engineering. Cross-registration with partner institutions (which include all Tufts and Harvard grad schools) vastly expands curricular options for students, particularly in certain technical subject areas that may not be available in great depth in the Fletcher curriculum. For Chisaki, that’s meant digging into offshore wind energy.

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Capstone haikus are here!

Another personal-favorite annual Fletcher tradition has gotten underway! Capstone haikus are particularly fun for being so organic. There’s no Fletcher Capstone Haiku Club (to my knowledge), no formal coordinating structure, no due date, and no real rules. Some debate on that last point, to be honest; one current student’s three-stanza initial call to verse (kicking off the below list) got submissions flowing on the Social List recently, and also started a discussion on the “proper” form and spirit of haiku. As you’ll see from the final entry listed here, some take issue with the branding of these entries as “haiku” in the traditional sense. In typical Social List fashion, others quickly responded with rebuttals, and lengthy disquisitions (including supporting links) on why a “traditional” haiku in fact encapsulates a much broader form and sensibility than a rigid 5-7-5 syllable format with an emphasis on nature.

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