Norva Hall, 2018, Jamaica & United States

Why Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because of its reputation, strong sense of community, and the flexibility of the curriculum. I wanted to come to a school that would give me a deep understanding of international affairs and that would also help me to develop the skills I will need in the future. I also heard about the strong sense of community when I had the opportunity to meet with Fletcher students before applying.  That sense of community is very real and something I know makes Fletcher a truly special place.

Favorite Classes at Fletcher: All my classes are very interesting, but my two favorites are National Security Decision Making and Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Emergencies. My professors in both classes are excellent and have a deep command of the subject matter. I leave each class thinking about security and war and how organizations operate in a completely different way. In addition to the interesting subject matter, I also know that the practical nature of the classes will be applicable in my future career.

Favorite magazine

National Geographic Traveler

Favorite movie

All the Terminators

Most memorable international experience

Living in Spain on my own at the age of 15

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher

Global inequality and migration

Fletcher alumnus you admire

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson

Most interesting person you’ve met at Fletcher

Secretary of State John Kerry

Best place to study

Third floor Ginn

Fields of Study

Human Security

International Security Studies - Pacific Asia

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Fletcher Latin America Group (FLAG)

Admissions Committee Interviewer

Diplomacy Club

North Korea Working Group

Dip Ball Committee

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science and Spanish, University of Pennsylvania

Experience before Fletcher

Coordinator for Center and Institutes, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA

Guest English Teacher, English Program in Korea (EPIK), Ulsan, South Korea

Advocate and Spanish Interpreter, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA