The Fletcher School Q+A 2

Emily Fall explains the benefits of a business program with a strong focus on international affairs.

Emily Fall is currently on the Master of International Business (MIB) program at The Fletcher School. The School, which is part of Boston's Tufts University, is arguably the most prestigious school of international affairs in the US, and the two-year MIB brings insights from law and diplomacy to traditional b-school subjects.

Fall's interest is in Middle Eastern politics and finance. She would like to advise developing countries on forming sound monetary policies

What got you interested in the MIB?
During my undergraduate I was interested in politics and held several positions in this field prior to starting at the Fletcher school. I was doing consulting for the defense industry and became disillusioned during the Iraq war.

I became interested in finance while I was participating in the Fulbright Program in Jordan

What factors were important to you when searching for the right program?
It was essential that a program be internationally focused. Furthermore, I felt at home at the Fletcher school. It was the first time I was surrounded by people who had had similar experiences to mine.

You've traveled a lot. Have you had any unusual experiences?
I’ll never forget the most shocking experience I had in Syria. It was my first day at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) at the Iraqi registration facility about 40 minutes out of Damascus.

As our bus rolled into the grounds, there were so many people crowding the vehicle, swarming us. I’ll never forget that.

Are you more interested in politics or economics now?
Economics. I was disillusioned by politics, but that doesn't mean that I've lost interest in government.

I have a strong interest in finance and I think that a degree from the Fletcher School will compliment where I want to take my career.

I’m looking forward to working with governments around the world, specifically in developing countries, to develop monetary policy. Currently, I’m doing my thesis on Syrian monetary reform.

Which part of the world is most interesting to you?
I’ve spent most of my time overseas in the Middle East and am fascinated with the region. Plus, I’ve put a lot of effort into learning Arabic and would like to use those skills in the future.

Where do you hope to be in five to 10 years?
I’d like to gain some experience in the banking or finance sector and eventually do consulting for developing countries. I want to help countries that are struggling and increase their competitiveness in the world economy, specifically to bridge the gap between finance workers and development workers.”

What stands out about the Fletcher School compared to other programs you’ve come across?
Here the students want more than just a high salary. They want to gain the experience necessary to make a difference.

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