Sultana, 2019, Bangladesh, Canada
On choosing Fletcher: I first heard about The Fletcher School from my aunt Sarwar Sultana, herself a Fletcher alumna, when I was very young. During the final year of undergraduate in 2014, I seriously began looking into the school. While completing my undergraduate degree, I knew that I wanted to pursue an academic career in international relations, but I didn’t know what else to look for. I furiously scribbled notes in a red notebook, weighing everything from the flexibility of programs, to the courses I could take in each school, to networking opportunities - right down to names of professors! As I did my research, I found that Fletcher was my dream graduate school, and the MALD was the ideal program. I appreciated the emphasis that the school put on practical experience and the professional atmosphere at Fletcher. The two-year MALD program ensured that I would be able to make the most of an extensive education, and the fields of study would give me the opportunity to focus on specializing in what I felt passionately about. Every day, I have a moment where I think "wow, I'm actually at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy" - and I don't think that's ever going to change.
On the Fletcher community: Since coming to Fletcher, I have been exposed to people from so many walks of life with incredibly diverse backgrounds and experiences. There isn't a single person whose journey I have not found awe-inspiring. Every day, I am given the opportunity to learn more about the politics, cultures and societies of various countries inside and outside of the classroom. I have found comfort and belonging with my friends from all over the world. In class, I'm exposed to the knowledge of some of the most brilliant minds in international relations and have the privilege of sharing my own experiences. In the short time I have been here, I have come to love the sense of community and camaraderie that is so unique to the Fletcher experience. That, coupled with stimulating courses and reading material, is what has made Fletcher a truly unique and befitting experience for me.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Global issue that brought you to Fletcher
Gender-based violence; international, regional/South-South cooperation
Best place to study
Harry Potter room at Ginn Library
Favorite lecture attended
Mac Maharaj, "The Challenge of Peace-Making and the Pursuit of Justice"
Fields of Study
Gender Analysis in International Studies
Activities at Fletcher
International Development Group
Fletcher Global Women
Education before Fletcher
Combined Bachelor of Arts (double major), Peace Studies & Political Science, McMaster University
Experience before Fletcher
Private Sector and SDG Support Officer, UNDP Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Database Support Officer, UNDP Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Intern, UNDP Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh