Mio Yamada, 2015, Japan/Ireland

On the culture of Fletcher: One striking thing about Fletcher is that although many people would fall into the so-called "overachiever" category, there is very little competitive stress. Everybody strives to do their utmost, but students are geared towards collaboration and helping out their classmates. Something that I was told over and over before starting class was that I would learn so much from my peers - which has turned out to be very true. The wealth of collective experience and the sum total of knowledge here is mind bogglingly rich and diverse. Everybody is eager to contribute and to help each other; nobody has to struggle alone.

On Fletcher alumni: When I was deciding between graduate school options, I made an effort to talk to alumni of all the places I was considering. And although I talked to graduates of other top-tier programs, none of them matched the enthusiasm of the Fletcher alums when it came to love for their alma mater. The alums were very gracious with their time and seemed so invested in my decision that it didn't take too long for them to convince me that I wanted to be a part of the “Fletcher Mafia” too. Now that I am here, and embarking on the arduous task of finding internships (and, gasp, career opportunities), the alumni network is an invaluable resource. I hope that one day, I too will be in a position to help future classes of Fletcher students down that path.

Favorite blog:


Favorite author:

Oscar Wilde

Favorite food:

Sea urchin, king crab and pickled plum

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Michelle Kwan

Global Issue or problem that brought you to Fletcher:

Post-disaster reconstruction/East Asia-Pacific Affairs

Fields of Study:

  • International Information and Communication
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Performing Arts Club
  • Fletcher Neptunes
  • Finance Club

Education before Fletcher:

  • BA, Joint Major: European Integration Studies & French Language and Literature, University College Cork, National University of Ireland
  • Erasmus Year, European Integration Studies, Universite de Paris III

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Freelance Media Producer/Interpreter, Washington/DC/US
  • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Producer, Washington/DC/US


  • Japanese
  • French
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • English