Michael Schlauch, 2013, United States

Why I chose Fletcher:  I chose the Fletcher MIB degree because I was convinced it would offer a unique advantage compared to a more traditional MBA.  While most MBA programs offer a number of international electives, I wanted a program where faculty and students are not just exposed to, but immersed in issues of international significance. From Fletcher's campus, your finger is on the pulse of what is happening in every other corner of the world. That’s a product of the company you keep. For virtually every international news story that flashes across our TV and computer screens, there is someone at Fletcher who has a real connection to what is going on. It’s an amazing nerve center for the world, and the really impressive thing is that despite all the ambition and accomplishments of the people here, they manage to be humble and friendly too.

On the diversity of the school: Much has been said about the diversity of backgrounds you find at Fletcher, and I heard all the same things too when I was applying. Even so, it is still profoundly impressive once you actually get here and start meeting everyone. The first person I met was a member of the Japanese Coast Guard, and it happens that we both share a hobby of raising potentially dangerous animals (he breeds piranhas, I keep bees). Among my MIB classmates, there is one who was in Tunisia when the Arab Spring began, and another who worked on every major US military operation I have heard of in recent years. Central bankers, journalists, consultants, soldiers, economists, agronomists, diplomats - the list goes on. You can find every imaginable walk of life from every place you’ve heard of at Fletcher. In a complex world where people increasingly need to communicate across borders and across disciplines, the Fletcher milieu reflects the bigger picture.

Favorite Magazine:

The Week

Favorite Book:

Catch-22

Favorite Author:

Rumi

Favorite Musician:

Duke Ellington

Favorite City:

Boston

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
    Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Summer Internship

Consultant - CargoMetrics, Boston

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
    Fletcher Fútbol
    Asia Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, English; Asian and Middle East Studies, Northwestern University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Clinton Health Access Initiative, Program Manager - Papua New Guinea and Boston
    Harvard School of Public Health, Project Specialist - Boston, MA

Languages

  • Chinese
    English