D'Juan Sampson

D'Juan Sampson


Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Pacific Asia


United States

On a favorite course

I'm really enjoying international relations of East Asia from 1945 to the Present taught by Professor Sung-Yoon Lee. This class has enhanced my understanding of the history and dynamics between the U.S. and countries in the Asia Pacific. I'm constantly challenged not only by Professor Lee, who is an expert on Korean and East Asian studies, but also from the diverse perspectives of my peers. Many students in the class are from East Asian foreign ministries which adds tremendous value to the lecture. Professor Lee is one of the reasons I chose to attend Fletcher. I had heard him testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and I knew that I wanted to learn from his expertise, particularly on North Korean issues. When I attended the open house for admitted students, I was able to sit in on one of his classes and he made me feel like I was a part of the Fletcher community. Upon graduating, I intend to work in East Asia and this class has given me a strong foundation to better understand the future implications of U.S. foreign policy in the region.

On campus life

Campus life is one of the many factors that persuaded me to attend Fletcher. Tufts has a picturesque campus that sits atop a hill overlooking Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods. As a Florida native not used to hills or seasons, I love walking along the hilly topography while walking around campus, especially in autumn. Tufts has a vibrant campus that also has a laid back atmosphere. There are always people playing sports on the Fletcher fields, lectures taking place in ASEAN auditorium from distinguished alums, scholars, and practitioners, as well free food around campus as you're walking to your next class. Fletcher has an active student body and there are endless opportunities to join organizations that follow your interests. Students, faculty, and staff contribute to the close knit family feel that makes learning here even more worthwhile.

My path to Fletcher

I first learned about Fletcher after I spoke with one of my colleagues about applying to graduate programs in international affairs. I specified that I wanted to pursue a degree that focused on conflict resolution, a regional focus of East Asia and the Pacific, and a program that would provide me with the tools to become an effective Foreign Service Officer. He informed me that I didn't need to look any further because The Fletcher School was everything that I was looking for. I was inundated with programs in Washington, DC, so I had not heard about this hidden gem in New England. I began researching the faculty, fields of study and the history of the school, and realized that this was somewhere that would cultivate the skills that I was looking for. I attended an information session at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and, after hearing alumni detail their reasons for choosing Fletcher, I knew that it was the right school for me.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Ambassachords
  • Admissions Ambassador
  • Office of Development and Alumni Engagement
  • Fletcher Christian Fellowship
  • Fletcher Students of Color and Allies

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Florida State University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Legislative Fellow, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Congressional Aide, United States Senate, Washington, DC
  • Management and Reform Intern, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, NY


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