Zoe Swinson, 2019, United States

Why Fletcher? One of my dearest Spelman sisters (and a Fletcher alumna) sold me on Fletcher and the MALD program while I was applying to graduate schools. She spoke at length about how tight knit the community was and how she had so much fun learning about things she was interested in with different groups of people. It challenged her and I knew that I wanted an experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone as well. Visiting and reading about other students’ experiences solidified my choice to study at Fletcher. There is so much freedom here to take risks, enroll in courses, and pursue different opportunities while designing your own concentration.

On living in Blakely: I feel like by living in Blakeley, I’ve had so many quintessential Fletcher moments already! As someone who loves cooking, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and in doing so, I’m always able to have great conversations with so many different people. We’ve talked about everything, from how I’ve navigated American workplace hair politics as a black woman, male privilege during the #metoo social media protest, and the marginalization of indigenous groups in India. It’s been incredible.

Favorite blog
For Harriet

Favorite musician or band

Favorite city
Rabat, Morocco

Most memorable international experience
Competing at the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Rome, Italy

Favorite location on campus
Tufts Africana Center

Fields of Study

Gender Analysis in International Studies

Human Security

Developmental Economics

Activities at Fletcher

Africana Club

Gender Conference (volunteer)

Diplomacy Club

Education before Fletcher

BA, International Studies, Spelman College

Experience before Fletcher

Summer Fellow, Congressional Office of Gregory Meeks, Washington, DC, USA

Summer Intern, US Department of State-Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Washington, DC, USA

Assistant English Teacher, Maristas La Inmaculada┬Ł de Granada, Granada, Spain