Phoebe Randel, 2013, United States

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: The thing that has most surprised me about Fletcher, and at the same time has made me most excited about my experience here, is the attitude of the faculty. Repeatedly I was told that the faculty was here for the students, and we should feel free to come by just to chat. I couldn't believe that I had so many incredibly accomplished and intelligent people willing to provide me with the guidance I had so been hoping for. I slowly learned that the faculty truly meant it, so I contacted a wide variety of Professors whose opinion I wanted to hear. Each one provided different insight and was equally willing to take the time to get to know me.

On a quintessential Fletcher moment:  My first quintessential Fletcher moment occurred during orientation. Dean Bosworth began his speech by saying, "I hope you are all okay with the fact that you are entering a marriage. You now have a life long relationship with the Fletcher school." That is the moment I repeated to everyone when they asked how school was going, and it immediately made me realize Fletcher was the right place for me. This was a place I wanted to be married to, and even though I have only been here a short time, the thought of leaving deeply upsets me.

Favorite Book:

Gone with the Wind

Favorite Movie:

The Wizard of Oz

Favorite City:

Buenos Aires

Most Rewarding Trip:

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu

Global Problem That Brought You to Fletcher:

Women's rights

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    International Security Studies

Summer Internship

State Department, U.S. Mission to the UN - New York City, NY

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Students in Security
    Fletcher Forum 
    Human Rights Project

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Experience before Fletcher

  • Legislative Correspondent, United States Senate, Washington, DC
    Deputy Compliance Director, Blumenthal for Senate, Stamford, CT
    Paralegal, Covington & Burling LLP, New York, NY


  • Spanish