Sebastián Hurtado, 2018, Colombia

On Fletcher’s Diversity: Besides being a top-tier school in international affairs, Fletcher also has an incredible sense of community and commitment to diversity. The variety of professional backgrounds, experiences and nationalities make this place unique to enrich your worldview, and to question and challenge your perceptions. Having friends from all over the world allows you to learn and understand different global issues, even thought they might not directly affect you. This incredible sense of diversity also gives you an understanding of belonging to the planet, truly paving the way for the crafting of globalized socially responsible citizens. Furthermore, this sense of community enables the creation and flow of constructive dialogue, both inside and outside the classrooms. Everyone here is incredibly friendly, supportive, and the friendships you make here will last a lifetime.

A Quintessential Fletcher Moment: A quintessential Fletcher moment for me happened in August just before beginning classes at Fletcher. I went to Colombia to get my F1 Student Visa approved. I was waiting in line at the Embassy in Bogotá and was called forward by the Foreign Service Officer. When he saw my paperwork and saw that I was going to The Fletcher School, he laughed and said with great pride that he was a Fletcher Alum, currently doing his Foreign Service Officer rotation at the Consular Section at the US Embassy in Bogotá. He approved my Visa (after making sure the paper work was in order) and later threw a farewell party for me, along with other Fletcher Grads currently residing in Bogotá. This was an awesome experience and shows you what being part of the Fletcher family is all about.

Favorite blog

Wait But Why

Most rewarding trip

Working with SOUTHCOM Doctors in Tumaco, Colombia and witnessing a different reality from the one I grew up in Colombia.

Most memorable international experience

Seeing the sunrise while sitting at the top of Temple IV in the ruins of Tikal, Guatemala, while listening to the jungle awakening.

Favorite lecture attended

Mischa Shattuck from the MIT Lincoln Lab - On the role of militaries in humanitarian assistance.

Favorite location on campus

Hall of Flags

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Fletcher Latin American Group (FLAG)

Science Diplomacy

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Minor in Business Management, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Minor in Journalism, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Experience before Fletcher

Program Manager, Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States, Washington, DC

Intern, Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States, Washington, DC

Intern, Embassy of Colombia, Washington, DC

Languages

Spanish

English