Mark Titus Hoover, 2015, USA & The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why Fletcher: I chose Fletcher first and foremost for the stellar academic reputation it has among in professional and academic circles. As someone who believes that the life of the mind is vital to being effective in one's job, I desired a graduate program which pushed my abilities, demanded my full attention and encouraged me to engage with my peers in-and-outside of the classroom. With a large number of international students and a diverse American student population, I knew I would be studying with people that I will continue to connect with throughout my career. I chose Fletcher secondly for its location. It is refreshing to be on a campus with thousands of others focused on learning but additionally to be in the city of Boston where some of the greatest minds of previous generations are teaching and some of our generation’s greatest minds are being nurtured. I knew that Fletcher's location would provide a plethora of fantastic classes, speakers, and events, and this semester has not disappointed! Fletcher also attracted me with its dedication to ensuring that its students are educated on the challenges and the opportunities we will face upon graduation. The Career Services office and the alumni are top notch, and they made it clear to me in the search process that a wide range of resources would be available to me. Finally, I chose Fletcher because at every step in the admissions process, I felt the excitement of the student body, I felt the pride of the alumni, and I could rely upon the admissions office to provide me with the most up-to-date information. There is no doubt that the professional yet personal manner in which the admissions process took place helped make my choice easy.

On Fletcher classmates: A friend of mine asked me recently to try to describe an average Fletcher student. Doesn't sound very hard? I asked people the same question last year, but now that I am being asked, I find it much more difficult to answer. I've met people from tiny, rural villages and people who have lived in the world's largest cities. I've met people who have served in the Peace Corps and people who have served their country's military. I've met people who spent years working for the world's largest multinational corporations and people who have worked in refugee camps. Walk around the corner in the Hall of Flags and you might see three people of three different nationalities talking in Russian, or you may overhear a several people from all over the world in Mugar Cafe discussing the influence of the USA in Brazilian politics. You never know here, and I love it!

Favorite book:

Irresistible Revolution

Favorite food:

Chicken Tandoori

Favorite website:

www.bbc.com/football

Favorite city
:

Lisbon

Most memorable international experience:

Developing and executing  fact-finding trip to the Casamance region of Senegal while interning for the US Embassy

Fields of Study:

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Self Designed - The role of religion in conflict

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Fletcher Futbol
  • Resident Hall Director for Tufts University
  • Fletcher Christian Fellowship
  • Admissions Ambassadors
  • Africana Club

Education before Fletcher:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and French Studies, Wake Forest University

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Wake Forest University, International Admissions Counselor, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
  • Fulbright-Escola Andorrana de segona ensenyanca d'Encamp, Fulbright English Teacher, Encamp, Andorra
Languages:
  • French
  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English