Courtney Moran, 2017, United States

On professional planning at Fletcher: As a career changer, I was looking for a graduate program in international affairs where I could develop valuable, practical professional skills, and concurrently explore my interests in international development, education, and human rights. After speaking to several accomplished, approachable Fletcher alumni and current students during the admissions process, I was convinced that Fletcher was the best place for me. I feel very grateful to be part of such a diverse, yet inclusive, intellectual community.

On the Fletcher community: I expected my Fletcher classmates would have diverse academic, professional, and international backgrounds. I expected them to be supportive and collaborative, based on glowing reports from recent alums and current students. But I suppose I was skeptical that my classmates wouldn’t suffer failures of kindness, given the controversial nature of the global issues we discuss and debate on a daily basis. The high levels of discourse and mutual respect continue to impress me.

Favorite author:

Colum McCann

Favorite food:

BBQ, any style

Favorite landmark:

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia

Most rewarding trip:

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Global poverty; gender and educational inequity

Fields of Study

Human Security

International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Fletcher Social Investment Group

Global Women

Education before Fletcher

MAT, Elementary Education - Relay Graduate School of Education

AB, Politics - Mount Holyoke College

Experience before Fletcher

Fourth Grade Teacher & Kindergarten Teacher - Success Academies, New York, NY

Civilian - U.S. Department of Defense, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Assistant Editor - Random House, Inc., New York, NY