Hanneke Van Dyke, 2013, United States

Why I chose Fletcher:  I chose Fletcher because of the opportunities it gives me to throw myself into pursuing what I am passionate about. The diverse coursework and extracurricular offerings have provided me with countless occasions to bolster my understanding of the subjects that are forming my future professional work. For a number of us, a key factor in choosing Fletcher was the encouragement to go beyond Fletcher's own offerings. While focusing on Human Security here, I am also pursuing a joint degree with the Friedman School of Nutrition in their MS of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition program. My studies at Fletcher are giving me a strong and comprehensive contextual base for the future career I envision in childhood health and education in a developing world setting.

How I learned about Fletcher: I first heard about Fletcher through the APSIA site a few years ago when I was beginning to form ideas about Masters programs. It was through the Admissions Blog, though, that I really began to learn about Fletcher; certainly much more than just about the admissions process. Because I was abroad for the few years leading up to starting school again, I never had the chance to visit Fletcher before applying, accepting, and attending. The blog is an invaluable resource for learning about all things Fletcher, and I very well might not have been here without it!

Favorite Book:

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Favorite Movie:


Experience When You Felt the Farthest From Home:

The first time my headlamp batteries died in my host family's outhouse on a pitch black night in the Marshall Islands

Global Problem That Brought You to Fletcher:

Childhood health and education in the developing world

Best Place to Study:

Third floor of Ginn Library (The side by the trees!)

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    Public and NGO Management

Summer Internship

Sok Sabay Organisation, Centre for the Protection of Mistreated Children - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Admissions Interviewer
    Fletcher Christian Fellowship
    Fletcher Youth Initiative
    Fletcher Mentors

Education before Fletcher

  • MS, expected 2014, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
    BA, International Studies, University of South Carolina

Experience before Fletcher

  • WorldTeach, K-8 English Teacher - Utrok Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
    Peace Corps, Rural Community Health Educator - Tiznit Province, Morocco
    US Department of State, Student Intern, Foreign Service Institute - Arlington, VA


  • French
    Tashelheit (Berber)