Virgínia de Freitas Battersby, 2011, Brazil and United States

On a quintessential Fletcher Moment: I was amazed when I realized how global my living situation was. I  lived in the ‘Green House’ - an unofficial off-campus Fletcher house. Between my six roommates and I, we represented 4 continents, 8 countries, speak 12 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Thai) and had worked in all sectors of the economy (private, public and nonprofit). My house only represents 7 Fletcher students. I can't imagine how long it would take me to describe my whole class, never mind the school!  The experience was amazing and the food very delicious!

How my experience at Fletcher has changed the way I look at the world:  Having always focused my studies in the region of Latin American left me little time to learn more about any other countries/regions of the world. At Fletcher, I had the opportunity to learn more in depth about other countries and regions not only in the classroom but through the many other events offered. The various centers on campus offer informative lectures throughout the year and the student organizations offer an array of learning opportunities. My favorites were the traditional culture nights (Africana, Asian, Mediterranean and Latin Fiesta), in which students wear fantastic outfits, perform spectacular dances and skits, play music, and provide traditional cuisine.

Favorite book:

Eat Pray and Love & Kite Runner

Favorite blog:

The Fletcher Admissions blog-of course!

Favorite landmark:

Park Güell in Barcelona

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Harry A. Radliffe II, F73, Producer, CBS’ 60 Minutes 

Favorite lecture attended:

"BRAZIL - USA: BILATERAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL DIMENSIONS” with Ambassador of Brazil to the United States Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • International Development Group
  • Latin American Group
  • Global Women
  • Net Impact Social Responsibility Club 

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Political Science and International Affairs, University of New Hampshire 
  • Exchange Program, International Development, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Currently learning French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Boston Redevelopment Authority, Research Division; Boston, MA