Nelson Tamayo, 2018, United States

Why Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because of the people.  When I visited the school before applying I had the opportunity to sit in on a class.  In addition to the warm welcome I received, I was impressed by the ease with which the students interacted with each other and the professor.  There seemed to be the perfect combination of serious debate, wonky non sequiturs, and playfully witty banter.  The camaraderie in the classroom was genuine and the overall mood was one of collective struggle rather than individual competition.  I could tell that the bonds forged at Fletcher are tight ones.  I was observing a community that I wanted to become a part of.  Apart from the unique MALD program, excellent professional network, and richness of extracurricular student life, the people of Fletcher - students, professors, and staff - were the reason I ultimately decided to enroll.

On a favorite class: My favorite class at Fletcher has been Processes of International Negotiation with Prof. Rob Wilkinson. This is a quintessential Fletcher course in the sense that each student's set of diverse backgrounds and interests guide the discussion which is led by an experienced practitioner in the field.  In this course we blend the theoretical with the practical - each session includes a negotiation simulation or role playing activity.  This hands on approach to learning allows us to put to work the theory covered in class.  Processes of International Negotiation is a true skills-building course that prepares Fletcher students for the tough negotiations they will face in both their personal and professional lives.

Favorite author

Agatha Christie

Favorite food


Favorite website

Favorite landmark

Lincoln Memorial

Most memorable international experience

Walking the Caminho de Santiago from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Fields of Study

International Organizations

International Information and Communication

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Diplomacy Club

Fletcher Latin American Group (FLAG)

Education before Fletcher

BA, International Affairs, The George Washington University

Experience before Fletcher

Fulbright Fellow - English Teaching Assistant, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Coimbra, Portugal

Project Assistant, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Washington, DC

Summer Internship

Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs - US Department of State, Washington, DC