A quintessential moment
The annual War and Peace Happy Hour is a quintessential Fletcher moment. As a school of international affairs, The Fletcher School naturally draws a sizable number of veterans and active-duty military officers, such as myself. It also draws a great many students from humanitarian organizations, such as the Peace Corps. In order to help bring together these two diverse groups with, in some cases, vastly divergent world views, the War and Peace Happy Hour has become an unofficial institution where former and current military members and veterans of the Peace Corps come together at a local establishment to socialize and exchange ideas and experiences. While many of us will return to our respective communities following graduation, we will all be better-off having been part of the Fletcher community where exchanges such as this, both in and out of the classroom, are a regular occurrence.
On language exams and the Fletcher network
During the summer prior to my arrival at Fletcher, I'll admit that I was slightly nervous about passing the written and oral language exams. Every Fletcher graduate, regardless of degree program, must demonstrate language proficiency.* This requirement is part of what made Fletcher attractive to me, but it did not make me any more confident in my Afghan Farsi ability. As orientation drew nearer, I knew that I needed to find a native speaker with whom to practice. I had no idea where I would find someone until my very first day of class, when I met another first-year classmate who is a native-born Afghan and spent most of her life in the country! We began meeting regularly in the cafe to converse in Farsi, and thanks to her help, I am happy to say that I passed my written exam on the first attempt. I will take the oral exam in a few weeks and I am now confident that I will pass it as well. Prior to arriving at Fletcher, I knew that the school had an international perspective, but this experience brought it home to me in a very personal way and in a manner, I don't believe I would have encountered anywhere else.
*As of June 2020, most Fletcher degree programs no longer require foreign language proficiency for graduation.
Activities involved in at Fletcher
- Fletcher Veterans
- Fletcher Students in Security
- Admissions Interview Team
- Fletcher SPARTAN Race Team
Education before Fletcher
- Master of Business Administration, Finance, University of North Carolina
- Bachelor of Arts, History, Pennsylvania State University
Experience before Fletcher
- Infantry Battalion Commander, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY
- Strategic Planner, Office of the Undersecretary of the Army, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
- Brigade Operations Officer, U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY