Ho-Ming So Denduangrudee, 2012

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because it marries practical knowledge with strong academics and idealism with pragmatism in a close-knit community of thoughtful, motivated individuals. As someone in the nascent stages of what will hopefully be a continued career in international development, the combination of these elements provides an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen my capacity to better serve the global community. The Fletcher alumni I've had the pleasure of meeting are some of the most innovative, engaging, accessible and dedicated people in their respective fields. And, no wonder: a typical day at Fletcher both in and out of the classroom is a constant process of testing new ideas, asking questions, and learning from thoughtful, practical, and engaging individuals.

On the community: Coming to Fletcher feels a lot like coming home. The Fletcher community is truly international. As someone very interested in minority inclusion and identity politics, the Fletcher community's embrace of diversity gives me pause and hope for the possibilities and prospects for diversity and inclusion within the broader global community.

Favorite magazine:

US Weekly (amazing on so many levels)

Favorite author

Vita Sackville-West, Marilynne Robinson, James Herriot

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

Winter snowstorm in NYC—the entire city shut down. Not at all tropical in the slightest

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher

Civic responsibility and human rights and minority inclusion and nation-building

Best place to study:

Café or Hall of Flags—anywhere with ambient sound. Library silence makes me sleepy

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Gender and Equality Project
  • Asia Club

Education before Fletcher

  • A.B., Asian & Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Barnard College, Columbia University

Experience before Fletcher

  • United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Intern - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Asian Forum for Parliamentarians on Population and Development, Program Associate - Bangkok, Thailand
  • National Democratic Institute-Nepal, Program Assistant - Kathmandu, Nepal

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Thai

Summer Internship

  • Ethnicity & Democratic Governance Seminar - Queen's University, Guadalajara/Mexico and Mercy Corps - Gaza/West Bank