Daniel Mingrone, 2014, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because of the tight-knit community, the extensive courses related to the Asia Pacific region, and the legendary alumni network.  I spoke with current students and alumni whose passion and connectedness to Fletcher really convinced me that it would be the best fit for me in terms of a nurturing and collaborative student body. I quickly became part of the network before I set foot on campus by meeting up with many other incoming students in South Korea, as well as students who happened to be traveling through Seoul. The courses related to East Asia, and specifically Korea, in addition to all of the resources that Boston has to offer, made Fletcher an easy choice as well. I was really attracted to living outside of D.C. since I figured I will be spending enough time in the Beltway for the rest of my life!

What has surprised me most: The thing that's surprised me most about Fletcher is the range of work experiences that students had before coming here. It's very enriching to have career diplomats, bankers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, NGO practitioners, and Peace Corps volunteers all under one roof. The students all have incredible experiences and perspectives, which makes question-and-answer sessions the best part about classes.

Favorite author:

Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite movie:

Life Is Beautiful

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Most pressing world issue:

U.S. - East Asia Relations

Favorite place to study on campus:

Ginn Library, third floor

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Asia Club
  • Political Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Psychology, McGill University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Intern, Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, Seoul, South Korea

  • Legislative Coordinator, Gaffney, Bennett and Associates,  Hartford, Connecticut


  • Korean
  • English

Summer Internship

Department of Defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Russia Desk, Arlington, VA