Joint MSFS-SAIS-Fletcher Happy Hour: MSFS students mingling with SAIS & Fletcher Students
By Ryoji Watanabe, MSFS 2012
The usual Friday night MSFS happy hour turned out to be different on February 25, 2011. Students from three of the top ranking graduate international relations programs in the nation gathered for a joint happy hour in Washington, DC.
Students from the Fletcher School of Tufts University were visiting from Boston for an annual career trip to Washington DC. As a result, MSFS students and Fletcher students were both invited to the happy hour at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.
SAIS happy hour has a different theme every week. That night, the SAIS Africa Diaspora Group hosted the happy hour with an African theme. The group displayed amazing pictures of Africa and traditional paintings during the event. Students who came to the SAIS happy hour for the first time were amazed to see so many people gathered inside the main SAIS school building.
“You guys are really lucky being here in Washington, DC having opportunity to network throughout the year,” a Fletcher student mentioned.
A second year SAIS student, Christopher Liu, was extremely excited to see people from different schools at the happy hour. He said, “I enjoyed talking to the MSFS people. They are cool. We should do this more often! And crash the MSFS happy hour next time!”
MSFS students mingling with SAIS and Fletcher students
Another first year student from SAIS, Gorav Chaudhry, said, “The SAIS happy hours during summer are even better. We set everything up outside like a barbecue; you guys from MSFS should come back again!”
MSFS students mingled with SAIS and Fletcher students for three hours sharing experiences from their respective schools and future career plans.
A first year MSFS student, Eddie Ty, commented, "I enjoyed meeting SAIS students and getting to know more about their academic programs and career interests. They were extremely welcoming and engaging, and I look forward to similar events in the future with SAIS and other local schools."
Although they are from rival international relations programs, they all got along really well hoping for another opportunity to meet each other.