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Elmira Askerova

Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2019
Country: Kazakhstan

Elmira Askerova

Program: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2019
Country: Kazakhstan
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On a favorite class
I am taking Foundations in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance, which is considered one of the most difficult classes at The Fletcher School. As a first-year international student with limited previous exposure to finance, I was worried about being unable to keep up in class. The first week of classes I did not understand much and I decided to drop it. However, I had a conversation with the instructor, Professor Laurent Jacque who told me: "Do not be scared of struggle. You came to graduate school to challenge yourself. Come to my office hours every week and slowly, with patience and hard work, you will master finance." His words left a strong impact on me and I started going to his office hours regularly. I feel that a transformation within me is happening. Now, I am in love with the subject and am even considering pivoting my career towards this field.

How did you first learn about Fletcher?
At first I was not considering Fletcher, because I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in Washington, DC. But a friend of mine, an alum from a DC area school, encouraged me to apply. He introduced me to the "Fletcher mafia" at the birthday party of a recent alum last October. I had a chance to network with the alumni and by the end of the day, I was struck by how friendly and engaging they were. I started following the Fletcher blog and subscribed to the online Fletcher newspaper, The Fletcher Forum. I also read most of Dean James Stavridis' articles, and I was impressed by his TED Talk and his perspective on how global security should operate: "instead of building walls, we need to create bridges." For me, it was a great sign of how open-minded the school was.

Activities at Fletcher

  • Harvard Law and International Development Society
  • Eurasia Club
  • Political Risk

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, Indiana University
  • Study Abroad, Yonsei University, South Korea

Experience before Fletcher

  • Assistant to Public Officer, US Embassy in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan
  • Consultant, Deloitte, Kazakhstan
  • Personal Banker, Chase Bank, New York
Kazakh, Russian, Turkish, English