Przystup, 2014, United States
On the learning environment at Fletcher: Scarred by friends’ stories of library books with whole chapters torn out and students making beelines from their home to class and back, I had always thought that graduate school and fun were mutually exclusive terms. Seeing the enthusiasm of Fletcher students made me re-think this assessment. Additionally, during my graduate school search, the Fletcher community dispelled this notion convincingly. Ultimately, I chose Fletcher for its distinctive learning environment. During the open house I attended, I couldn’t help but notice the intellectual curiosity and genuine spirit of collaboration exhibited by students, professors, staff, and alumni. They assured me that at Fletcher I could work hard, learn a lot, and have fun in the process. Now that I’m on the other side, I can confirm the truth of this claim. Fletcher is a vibrant and fun place, full of energy for debating ideas, and learning with and from people from all over the world.
Fletcher is collaborative: After reading an interesting article on a foreign policy, region, or culture, I often find myself wishing there was someone with an appropriate background to whom I could ask follow-up questions. At Fletcher, there’s a good chance that such a person is sitting at the desk next to me. It’s a great luxury to be able to ask a classmate with a different culture, perspective, and background, “What do you think about that?” Through these conversations, I have the opportunity to challenge my own perceptions and broaden my understanding of a given issue. Fletcher fosters collaboration among people with real differences on policy issues, and I can’t think of better preparation for tackling the international challenges that will shape the world in the years ahead than doing exactly that.
Haruki Murakami, Roald Dahl
Saving Private Ryan
Sushi, pho, seafood
Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Fields of Study
- International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Pacific Asia
Activities involved in at Fletcher
- The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
- Fletcher Graduate Writing Program Tutor
- Diplomacy Club
- Asia Club
Education before Fletcher
- BA, Political Science and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
Experience before Fletcher
U.S. Program Manager, Atlas Corps, Washington, D.C.
Assistant Language Teacher, JET Program, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Corporate Litigation Paralegal Hughes, Hubbard, and Reed LLP, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Washington, DC
During my summer internship, I drafted, edited, and coordinated review of daily press guidance, memos, and policy briefs; organized a public diplomacy event at the Foreign Press Center and delivered the keynote address; and wrote reports on Japanese investment in Burma and Japan-Singapore relations.