Christina Failma, 2014, United States

How I first learned about Fletcher:  My start at The Fletcher School stemmed from a seemingly mundane discussion with a former colleague.  While talking about our professional experiences and interests, she recommended The Fletcher School to me because she thought it would be a mutually beneficial fit. She started telling me about the interdisciplinary curriculum, diverse student body, and the unique opportunities made available to her because of her connection to Fletcher.  After that conversation, I was hooked.

On campus life: With so many student club activities, debates, movie screenings, and discussions, you’ll wish you had more hours in the day (and more than two years!). It’s such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by people who are just as similar as they are different from you. The Fletcher School is always busy, but also always fun and enlightening. Additionally, Boston is home to other academic institutions like MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School where they host a myriad of interesting events like guest speakers, lecture series, and panels. There is never a dull moment.

Favorite magazine:

The Economist

Favorite blog:

The Diplomat

Favorite book:

The Hunger Games (yes, I'm one of those!)

Favorite landmark:

Angkor Wat

Favorite City:

Baños, Ecuador

Fields of Study

  • International Information and Communication
  • Pacific Asia

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Asia Club
  • International Communications Club
  • Fletcher Youth Initiative

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Advertising and Public Relations, Hawaii Pacific University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator, Worldwide Support for Development-Handa Resident Fellow, Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies, Honolulu, HI 

  • Photojournalist, Pacific Business News, Honolulu, HI

  • Videojournalist, Photojournalist, Night Photo Editor, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honoululu, HI 

Languages

  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • English

Summer Internship

New Sector Alliance, Senior Summer Fellow and Generation Citizen, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Boston, MA
The summer was a multidimensional experience in that I was able to utilize skills gained from my Design and Monitoring course at Fletcher to help an education-focused nonprofit organization, but I also had the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students interested in social impact.  It was a truly rewarding summer experience where I got to learn a lot about the social impact sector, the people who are giving their hearts and talents to these causes, and my role in this field after Fletcher.