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Andrew Clay

Communications Sector Analyst, Department of Homeland Security - Washington, D.C.
Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2017
Country: United States
Field of Study: International Security Studies, International Trade and Commercial Policies

Andrew Clay

Communications Sector Analyst, Department of Homeland Security - Washington, D.C.
Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2017
Country: United States
Field of Study: International Security Studies, International Trade and Commercial Policies
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Biography

Why Fletcher?
The Fletcher School represented the ideal place to fulfill my educational goals and propel my career transition from the active duty Marine Corps to civilian life. I wanted a program that focused on bridging the gap between practice and theory, a situation I experienced first-hand in my previous job. Fletcher's renowned profile in security studies ensured that my professional military experience would add significant value to class discussions. Additionally, I relish the opportunity to learn from a global cohort previously involved in arenas such as international development and sustainable energy, giving me insight into practical knowledge from completely unfamiliar fields. That being said, I also recognized the need for tangible quantitative skills applicable in policy evaluation. I look forward to continuing my studies at Fletcher, confident that the course work will build on my professional experience and enable a successful career in public service.

On the Fletcher Community
Beyond the incredible educational benefits associated with access to world-class faculty and curricula, the sense of community at Fletcher is truly extraordinary. Initially, I doubted the genuine enthusiasm that every student exuded during my prospective student visit, but on the first day of classes I found myself showing the same enthusiasm for my new classmates. While we are a diverse group of high achievers, everyone is incredibly supportive and willing to sacrifice time to ensure the success of another member of the Fletcher family, whether for a study group or a ride to a wedding in another state. As a result, the academic environment is a place where we all maximize our potential to learn from each other while pursuing excellence in our scholastic and professional goals.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Security Review
  • Fletcher Students in Security (FSIS)
  • Fletcher Veterans
  • Political Risk Group
  • Fletcher Improv Comedy Group

Education before Fletcher

  • Master of Arts, Strategic Communication - The American University
  • Bachelor of Arts, History - University of California, Riverside

Experience before Fletcher

  • Intelligence Officer - Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC), Quantico, VA, USA
  • Executive Officer/Company Commander - Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, CA, USA
  • Scout/Sniper Platoon Commander - 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, CA, USA
Languages
English, Spanish, Tagalog