Faith Chepng'etich Biegon, 2018, Kenya

The Road to Fletcher: When I came to the US for college I was set on studying Chemistry and Mathematics. However, this changed when I arrived on the Bowdoin Campus. I became curious about the economic and social differences between the US and my country, Kenya. In my second semester of college, I took a government class in order to fulfill a graduation requirement. This class was the beginning of my interest in international relations. The class not only allowed me to begin looking into some of the issues that I was curious about, but also raised some other questions about development. My professor for that class was a Fletcher alumna, and I began speaking with her about my desire to continue investigating some questions that came up during that class and to continue exploring the issues that I was already curious about. She spoke with me about Fletcher and asked me to look into the school. I did some research on Fletcher and during my sophomore year, I was convinced that Fletcher was the place for me. I chose Fletcher, the MALD track specifically, because I wanted to hone my quantitative and qualitative skills and to train under world-class faculty. The curriculum at Fletcher would allow me to focus in depth on the specific issues I was curious about while at the same time expanding my knowledge on other issues. As an international student myself, I was also attracted to the large number of international students at Fletcher because this would offer me the opportunity to broaden my global perspective inside and outside of the classroom.

On The Fletcher Faculty: With the professors at Fletcher, I feel very comfortable asking questions or giving my contributions in the classroom because all my professors do a great job of making every student feel comfortable. The quality of the faculty is top notch, and I am greatly appreciative of the fact that Fletcher has a good number of professors who are not only experts in their fields, but are also currently working in the field. My favorite class so far has been the Design and Monitoring Class that I took during the August Pre-session. I enjoyed the class because Professor Church is an expert in her field, and she does a great job of bringing in real-life case studies into the classroom. This class challenged me to think in ways that are very different from how most companies carry out the design and monitoring of development projects. As a student interested in creating real impact in the world, it was fulfilling to learn hard skills on how to design projects that are geared towards solving the most pressing issues.

Favorite magazine

The Africa Report

Favorite musician or band

Mafikizolo

Moment when you felt the furthest from home

First Snowstorm in the US

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher

Poverty

Favorite lecture attended

South Sudan: The Road to Civil War


Fields of Study

Development Economics

International Political Economy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Africana Club

Harvard Law and International Development

Fletcher Consulting Club

Education before Fletcher

BA, Economics and Government & Legal Studies, Bowdoin College

Experience before Fletcher

Research Assistant, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA

Languages

Kiswahili

Kalenjin

French (conversational)

English