Priya Knudsen, 2018, United States

On Choosing Fletcher: After more than two years serving in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, I spent my first week back in the United States visiting graduate schools. This process was overwhelming and sometimes left me doubting that I would find the right fit for me. I wanted to be in an academically stimulating environment, with flexible coursework that would allow me to explore my interests and hone in on my long term career goals. When I arrived at Fletcher, it did not take me long to realize I had found my dream graduate program. During my campus visit, every interaction I had with current students and staff solidified my interest in the school. I was impressed by the caliber of students, complimented by their humility and warmth. I immediately felt welcome, and I could see myself thriving in this environment. The Fletcher School offered the flexible curriculum and multifaceted education I was looking for, with many courses related to international development. The large community of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and AmeriCorps members was also a huge draw for me. My interest in the Fletcher School was confirmed during a spontaneous meeting with Dean Stavridis at the end of my campus visit. I was so impressed that he took the time to find out about my background and interests, and by his dedication and level of involvement at the Fletcher School. I left my campus visit convinced that Fletcher was the ideal choice for my graduate education.

On Professional Development and Career Services: The Fletcher School also attaches great value to building practical skills. The Professional Development Program (PDP), for instance, is an extremely helpful series of career related workshops in the first semester of the program. By getting an early start on honing essential skills such as resume writing and networking, we are immediately preparing for the competitive job market after graduation. It is useful to have those resources available early on in the process. The Office of Career Services is also up to date on current trends within our industries and has the capacity to help us realize our future career goals. The staff are dedicated and encouraging, and reflect Fletcher's commitment to the long-term success of its students.

Favorite magazine

National Geographic

Favorite book

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Favorite city

Cairo, Egypt

Most rewarding trip

Backpacking solo from Panama to Mexico

Fletcher alumnus you admire

Farah Pandith

Fields of Study

Human Security

Humanitarian Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

International Development Group

Global Women

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science, American University in Cairo

Experience before Fletcher

Community Outreach Intern, Mercado Global, Panajachel, Guatemala

Food Security Volunteer, Peace Corps, Syangja, Nepal

Community Health Corps Member, AmeriCorps, New York, NY