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In an annual tradition, we’ve asked recent graduates and current students to offer a Coffee Hour wherever they’re spending the summer.  These are informal events where prospective applicants and incoming students can sit and chat with someone who’s in the know about the program.  Here’s the list of locations where folks will be grabbing a coffee and pulling up a chair.  For updated details, check the Coffee Hours website.

Abuja, Nigeria
Ahmedabad, India
Athens, Greece
Atlanta, GA
Bangalore, India
Bogotá, Colombia
Boston, MA
Boston, MA (Cambridge)
Boston, MA (Somerville)
Brussels, Belgium
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dubai, UAE
Durban, South Africa
Frankfurt, Germany
Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hong Kong
Honolulu, HI
Islamabad, Pakistan
Jakarta, Indonesia
Johannesburg, South Africa
Kansas City, KS
Karachi, Pakistan
Kigali, Rwanda
Lima, Peru
Lisbon, Portugal
Managua, Nicaragua
Meknes, Morocco
Mexico City, Mexico
Moscow, Russia
Nairobi, Kenya
New Delhi, India
New York, NY (Manhattan)
New York, NY (Brooklyn)
Paris, France
Ramallah, West Bank
Rome, Italy
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Seoul, South Korea
Tallinn, Estonia
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tokyo, Japan
Washington, DC
Yangon, Myanmar
Zurich, Switzerland

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Final exams officially end today, but students have been heading off for winter break since before last weekend.  Curious about where folks are traveling?  Our Coffee Hour list gives you a good indication.  And also an invitation!  If you will be in one of the cities on the list, you’re invited to join a Fletcher student or recent alum for conversation over your preferred hot beverage.

Details are still being finalized for some locations, but we hope you’ll plan on joining us if you can.  Register from the website for coffee in any of these cities.

Fletcher MugAmman, Jordan
Austin, TX
Bangalore, India
Berlin, Germany
Bogotá, Colombia
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Copenhagen, Denmark
Edinburgh, Scotland
Fez, Morocco
Geneva, Switzerland
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Honolulu, HI
Istanbul, Turkey
Kathmandu, Nepal
Larnaca, Cyprus
Los Angeles, CA (Huntington Beach)
Madrid, Spain
Melbourne, Australia
Mexico City, Mexico
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Moscow, Russia
Mumbai, India
New Delhi, India
New York, NY
Newport, RI
Norfolk, VA
Phonm Penh, Cambodia
Prague, Czech Republic
Rome, Italy
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA
Seoul, South Korea
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tokyo, Japan
Washington, DC

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Kristen just put out a second call for hosts of our semi-annual array of Coffee Hours.  This is noteworthy because the list of locations is already quite impressive.  Though details are still in the planning stage, students have volunteered to meet with potential applicants, enrolling students, and anyone else who wants to talk Fletcher in:

Accra, Ghana
Austin, TX
Bangalore, India
Beijing, China
Bogota, Colombia
Boston, MA
Cape Town, South Africa
Charlotte, NC
Dakar, Senegal
Dublin, Ireland
Honolulu, HI
Islamabad, Pakistan
Istanbul, Turkey
Jakarta, Indonesia
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kathmandu, Nepal
Lahore, Pakistan
London, UK
Mexico City, Mexico
Nairobi, Kenya
New Delhi, India
New York, NY
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, CA
Santiago, Chile
Seattle, WA
Seoul, Korea
Stuttgart, Germany
Tel Aviv, Israel
Vienna, Austria
Washington, DC

Check the Coffee Hours list on the website for details and to see if an event will be planned near you.  Most events will take place in July and August, and the dates should be posted soon.

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No matter how much time the Admissions staff spends on the road, there are always a zillion locations that we don’t reach each year.  To plug some of those gaps, our best ambassadors — our students — have volunteered to meet you over coffee.  You can find the list of sites on our website.  (Sites and details still being added.)  Sign up, and take advantage of the chance to chat with a student in a casual setting over your preferred hot beverage.

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Are you in Nairobi, Dakar, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, New York, San Francisco, Bangalore, Delhi, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Seoul, Colombo, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Beirut, Lausanne, Istanbul, or London?  Yes?  Then you’ll want to check our list of Coffee Hours to be hosted this summer by current students, and add the date to your calendar.  Every year our students volunteer to meet up with incoming and prospective students in the locations where they are spending the summer.  And this is a double win, because while the Admissions team will not be in Kathmandu (or most of these cities) this year, prospective students there still have the opportunity to connect with Fletcher from the convenience of their hometowns.

So note the date and time of the Coffee Hour near you, and look forward to talking Fletcher over your preferred hot beverage.

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While we’re celebrating the U.S. Independence Day (July 4th) holiday, I encourage you to check the schedule of Coffee Hours around the world.  Don’t wait until you’ve missed the Coffee Hour nearest you!  If you need further convincing, consider this email report from Michael, the newly graduated MIB student who hosted the Minneapolis coffee hour this week:

Hi Christine and Kristen,

I am happy to report a 100% turnout at the Coffee Hour here in Minneapolis.  We had a great conversation!  We talked much longer than expected, but there was so much Fletcher excitement in the air — how could we stop?  Some highlights included:

♦  Scott Snyder (MIB 14) joined us, as he just happened to be in town, stopping over in Minneapolis during his summer-long cross-country charity bike tour.
♦  One applicant’s grandparents were Fletcherites, and wanted to learn what the school was like today.  (His grandparents attended in the 1950s.)
♦  One applicant’s father went to Tufts and sang the praises of Fletcher.
♦  Another applicant had been on the Fletcher email list since her freshman year of college.

All the best from the Midwest!
Michael

I hope the prospect of sharing coffee with others who share your interests will send you flying to the Coffee Hour sign-up page.  Meanwhile, the Admissions Office will reopen tomorrow, following the holiday.

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With many many details yet to be filled in, our list of upcoming Coffee Hours is ready to share!  These are informal events, organized by current Fletcher students or recent alums who have volunteered to select a convenient time and location to chat with incoming students, prospective applicants, and others who want to join in.  The list includes every city in which plans for a Coffee Hour are in the works.  Click on the city nearest you and sign up!  Note that, if the city name is not a link to a sign-up page, it means we haven’t yet nailed down details with the Coffee Hour host.  In that case, please check back throughout the coming weeks for more information.  Our Coffee Hour hosts are looking forward to meeting future students!

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In Bangkok?  Join a Fletcher student for coffee tonight.  Or, if you’re in Istanbul, have a Turkish coffee with a student tomorrow (Wednesday) night.  The Coffee Hours are off and perking, with Frankfurt rounding out the first week.

(Note that we used to call these events Summer Coffee Hours, but in recognition that it’s winter in many Coffee Hour locations, we’ve gone season-neutral.)

Not sure whether you should attend a Coffee Hour?  Thinking that you haven’t researched your grad school options enough?  Or maybe you’ve researched them too much?  Or even that you’re an admitted student, so what could be gained?  Fear not!  These are super casual conversations that can range from Fletcher’s curricular offerings to where to find a good burrito near Tufts.  There’s no set agenda — just a conversation between prospective grad school classmates.  I hope you’ll want to join in, wherever you are!

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Kristen has been hard at work recruiting students who would like to meet prospective applicants wherever they’re spending the summer.  This “coffee hour” model has been really successful, enabling us to extend Fletcher’s reach in a simple (and enjoyable) way.  Check out the growing list of cities, and book yourself in.  Note that if the city name is not yet linked to a sign-up page, we’re still ironing out details — check back again soon!  We’ll also post updates on the Admissions facebook page whenever we add locations or times.

Once you sign up, you just wait for the day, head on over, pick up a cup of coffee, and learn more about Fletcher from our best ambassadors — our students!

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Is summer a good time to visit Fletcher?  Well…truth be told, it’s not optimal.  But there are plenty of people for whom summer is the only opportunity to visit.  If that’s you, come on over — we’ll do our best to provide a warm welcome!  We’ll be offering Information Sessions most Mondays from June 4 to August 6, and we have just hired two new interns who can answer your questions about the student experience. You can also arrange an evaluative interview.

What we don’t have a lot of is classes to attend.  Or buzz.  It’s crazy quiet here in the summer.  But a summer visit is better than no visit, so check out the list of sessions and sign up for the one that’s convenient for you.

Meanwhile, I just finished talking to Kristen, who updated me on plans for this summer’s Coffee Hours.  She put out the call yesterday, and within minutes (in that wonderful Fletcher way), 25 students had offered to host a coffee in their far-flung locations this summer.  Kristen will finalize the plans in the next few weeks, and then you’ll be invited to sign up for a coffee near you.

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