Cecelia Rana, 2019, Nepal

Why Fletcher? I wanted a graduate school experience where I would learn from the people around me as much I would inside the classroom. Having a sense of community and a respect for diversity is extremely important for me as an international student trying to make sense of world events. It became very clear to me from my first visit to the school that Fletcher has a very close-knit community of exceptional individuals who are driven and committed to their goal of making meaningful contributions in their field of interest. The flexibility of the curriculum and the opportunity to learn beyond your field of interest is also what makes Fletcher stand out compared to other graduate programs. Although I am really interested in exploring how information technology shapes international conflicts, I am equally interested in learning about the processes of negotiation to mediate conflicts. Fletcher's program is designed to encourage you to see the world through multiple perspectives.

On the classroom experience: The classroom environment at Fletcher is what you want to make out of it. It is a very inclusive and open space where ideas are shared, exchanged, debated, and dissected. Because of the very diverse student body, you will hear a spectrums of ideas. Additionally, most professors are very keen on getting you to think beyond the conventional idea of what is right and wrong. The small class sizes can be intimidating at first, but you grow to appreciate and value the intimacy of the class setting. Through the course of the semester, your classmates become your family with whom you share the rollercoaster ride of academia.

Favorite magazine

Favorite book
The Kite Runner

Favorite food
Vietnamese (a big bowl of hot pho)

Most rewarding trip
Fifteen days of a mountaineering course where I trekked in the base of the Himalayas, cutting through the natural borders of Nepal and India

Fletcher alumnus you admire
Shashi Tharoor

Fields of Study

International Information and Communication

International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities at Fletcher

Fletcher AV

Asia Club

Education before Fletcher

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Concentration in International Relations), Clark University

Experience before Fletcher

Project Coordinator for the True Stories Project, Siddhartha Arts Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal

Documentation Manager, Kathmandu Triennale, Kathmandu, Nepal

Intern, United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in the Asia Pacific, Kathmandu, Nepal