Amela Zanacic, 2012, United States and Bosnia

Why I chose Fletcher: I am a strong believer in thinking outside of the box and approaching problems from many different perspectives. I chose Fletcher because its multidisciplinary curriculum and diverse student body complement this view. Not only do my classes address the nexus of politics, law, and economics, but the knowledge that my classmates bring from their experience in these fields deepens my understanding of how these fields interact. Furthermore, I am entering international affairs after working in aerospace engineering, so I wanted a supportive environment that would allow me to make a smooth transition. My experience at Fletcher in this regard has been amazing so far. Not only are my classmates very supportive and always willing to help, but so are the faculty and staff. Fletcher has turned out to be an environment in which I can thrive.

How I plan to use my experience at Fletcher to make a difference in the world: I plan to use my Fletcher experience to help civilians in conflict and post conflict societies. I am very passionate about seeking just and sustainable resolutions to conflicts and would also love to contribute to post-conflict reconstruction, development, and rule of law projects.

Favorite book:


Favorite author:

Margaret Atwood

Favorite movie:

Dead Poets' Society

Favorite city:


Favorite lecture attended:

Lunch with US Ambassador Dell (Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo)

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Global Women
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Club
  • Fletcher United Nations Club
  • International Development Club

Education before Fletcher

  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • B.A., English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Experience before Fletcher

  • Jacobs Engineering/NASA Ames Research Center, Wind Tunnel Test Engineer/Manager - Moffett Field, CA
  • The Rebuilding Alliance, Volunteer and Board Member - Palo Alto, CA


  • Bosnian
  • German
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • United Nations Development Programme - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina