A few notes on Early Notification decisions

Those of you who submitted your applications by the Early Notification deadline should by now have received your admissions decision (and if not, check your application status page!). While I think our Early Notification process is pretty straightforward, I always like to provide a bit of context for these candidates to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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Farewells and greetings to our Januarians

The end of last week marked an annual Fletcher tradition, different this year as with everything. “Januarians,” those students who begin their time at Fletcher in the spring semester, have a commencement ceremony each December. These students are also invited to the larger commencement ceremonies each spring, but this cohort of students have a unique identity and bond with each other, and it’s nice to set aside some time each year to celebrate them on their own.

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Application Deadline – January 10

Readers, there is one month remaining until the January 10 application deadline! I always like to jump in with a one-month-left reminder as it feels like a useful amount of time. If you’re reading this and just now considering applying for fall 2021 enrollment, you’ve still got plenty of time to put together your best possible application, but now would be the moment to get started.

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Social List roundup

Longtime readers know that I like to check in on the Social List from time to time. The Social List is the real-time pulse of the Fletcher community, delivering a pu pu platter of announcements, chit chat, debates, advertisements, and solicitations over email. I’ve always enjoyed the big-tent nature of the Social List, marveling at its ability to host impassioned sociopolitical debates and also to deliver a Macbook charger to a desperate student in the library.

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Pandemic-adjusted application review

One common question we’ve heard in recent months concerns how the Admissions Committee will evaluate applications that show evidence of significant pandemic-related disruptions. None of us have avoided the upheaval of the past year, and it’s understandable that applicants might wonder if we’ll be able to evaluate properly their readiness for grad school given how weird academic and professional life has been in this era. The quick answer, with a tip of the cap to Douglas Adams, is a simple “don’t panic.”

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An unusual Thanksgiving

In this era of all days being the same, Thanksgiving has snuck up on me this year. In a normal fall full of Admissions travel, I know Thanksgiving is just about here when I start feeling like I can’t stand the thought of dealing with another airport, at which point we promptly head to the airport to visit my wife’s family for the holiday. Things are different this year, a sentiment from which I’ve gotten a lot of mileage lately.

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Fletcher introduces new Master in Global Affairs degree

Fletcher is excited to introduce the new Master in Global Affairs (MGA) degree program. The MGA will embody the interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum for which Fletcher has long been known, while providing a focus on subject area specialization and skill building in a particular field. For those prospective students interested in the Fletcher experience who aren’t able to dedicate two years to a full-time student experience, the MGA may be for you.

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New student bloggers: Introducing Kanako

Hello! This is Kanako Kimura, a 2nd year MALD 2021 from Japan. My concentration is Political Systems and Theories (or International Security) as well as Business Relations. I am excited to share with you my time at Fletcher over this year! In this post, I would like to write about 1) how I become interested in international relations, 2) why I chose to study at Fletcher, and 3) my path prior to Fletcher.

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