Hope Schaitkin, 2018, United States

On the Map Your Future Program: I applied to Fletcher through the Map Your Future program, which allowed me to submit my application as a college senior, two years in advance of my matriculation. This was the perfect program for me because I knew early on that I wanted to attend The Fletcher School, and it gave me the opportunity to be really strategic about the type of employment I wanted to pursue in between undergraduate and graduate school. The two years of work experience that I gained during this period really informed, but also transformed, my interests and therefore my fields of study at Fletcher.

On the Fletcher community: One thing that was immediately clear about life at Fletcher is that when you're here, and especially after you graduate, you are part of the "Fletcher Family." People here become very close, very quickly, and that shows in academics, extracurricular, and social life. Since collaborative work is so heavily required in our fields, the professors do an amazing job of incorporating team projects into the curriculum in an interesting and fair way. Almost all the clubs here are either co-run by multiple student leaders, or are collaborative, allowing students the opportunity to voice opinions and suggest activities. Moreover the alumni network is incredible, makes up the “Fletcher Family”.  Fletcher alumni make up a formidable and extensive network that is available to you from the moment you are accepted to Fletcher. I have personally made so many professional contacts by reaching out to Fletcher alumni who are always willing to meet for coffee, offer advice, or help you leverage that perfect job or internship. I can't speak highly enough of Fletcher’s alumni and their willingness to be available to current and graduated Fletcher students.

Favorite food

Anything with pasta

Moment when you felt the furthest from home

Working in Kabul for 9 months

Most pressing world issue

Forced migration and re-establishment of livelihoods

Favorite location on campus

Mugar café on a busy day

Favorite Guest Speaker

South Sudan: The Road to Civil War, Mahmood Mamdani

Fields of Study

Human Security

Activities involved in at Fletcher

The Los Fletcheros

Ski Trip Committee

Humanitarian Action Society

International Migration Group

Gender Initiative

Education before Fletcher

BA, International Relations and Asian Studies, Tufts University

Experience before Fletcher

MIS Manager, Tetra Tech, Kabul, Afghanistan

International Development Project Assistant, Tetra Tech, Framingham, MA

Consultant, Food-Water-Energy Nexus Program, EastWest Institute, New York, NY