Matthew Hoffer Craig, 2012, United Kingdom

Why I chose Fletcher: If I could use one word to describe why I chose Fletcher, it would be “globalization”. I believe that the world today, and its most pressing issues, is more interconnected than ever. From conflicts in the Middle East and the economic recession, to global warming and security, the solutions to the world’s problems will come from those with a real understanding of globalization and the myriad forces underpinning it. This is why I chose Fletcher. I consider the MALD degree to be a true international relations program. The curriculum is designed to help you navigate a complex, globalized world by providing you with a platform to put all your exciting ideas into an analytical framework. For example, I know of no other international relations program that has both the scope and the quality of the MALD, one that combines history, philosophy, law, business, contemporary politics, political theory and economics. These are the tools that Fletcher gives you to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: I would say the biggest surprise has been the number of extra-curricular activities available. I knew the degree by itself would be challenging, but I am now involved in so many extracurricular activities, it sometimes feels as though the only free time I have is to sleep! But that’s exactly how I like it. I enjoy having my days filled and having lots to do. Since coming to Fletcher I have joined societies such as the UN club, Business club, Latin American and Mediterranean Societies as well as a Global Markets Roundtable. I have also joined Fletcher Futbol, the Fletcher soccer team. We play in a league against other universities and our games give me a couple of hours every week to let my hair down.

Favorite newspaper:

Financial Times

Favorite book:

Midnight's Children

Favorite movie:

Goodfellas

Favorite city:

Beirut

Favorite movie:

In a nutshell, the Middle East!

Fields of Study

  • International Political Economy
  • Self Designed: Middle East

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Business Club
  • UN Club
  • Mediterranean Society
  • Latin America Society
  • Fletcher Futbol

Education before Fletcher

  • Politics and Economics, Politics, University of Bath

Experience before Fletcher

  • JPMorgan Investment Bank, Analyst - London
  • JPMorgan Private Bank, Professional - London
  • European Parliament, Research Assistant - Brussels

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • English

Summer Internship

  • World Economic Forum; New York, NY