Michael Wolf, 2016, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: At my previous job at the Council on Foreign Relations, I was lucky enough to attend an event presided by Dean Stavridis. During the event, the current crisis in Ukraine came up in conversation. Dean Stavridis discussed the ongoing crisis and as he spoke, he continually mentioned insights and thoughts from conversations he had with Fletcher students. At that time, I was still undecided about graduate school, but after that event, my decision was clear. I knew Fletcher had to be a special and outstanding school if its Dean was referencing its students in talks with prominent leaders in international relations! Fletcher has been just that, special and outstanding. The academic rigor and challenge and the intellectual aptitude of my fellow classmates is incredible. While I am learning in the classroom, I am also learning from classmates, and in so doing, learning how to change the world.

On Fletcher’s diversity: The diversity of the school is one of Fletcher's best assets. At any time walking through the Hall of Flags, you can hear conversations in multiple different languages and join  a conversation and practice the foreign language that you know. Moreover, the breadth of foreign countries here makes for interesting and simulating discussion. Listening and engaging with a Russian citizen about U.S.-Russian foreign policy allows me to hear perspectives that I wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.

Favorite newspaper
New York Times

Favorite movie
Black Hawk Down

Favorite city

Munich, Germany

Most pressing world issue

Best place to study
"Harry Potter" reading room at Ginn library

Fields of Study

  • International Political Economy
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Students in Security
  • Undergraduate International Relations Mentor Program
  • Political Risk Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Affairs, The George Washington University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Program Assistant, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY
  • English Teacher, Teach and Learn with Georgia, Gori, Georgia
  • Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


  • German
  • Georgian
  • Russian
  • English