Alumni Testimonials

Marlene Houngbedji

Master of Arts in Diplomacy
, Class of 2013
My time with Norwich has been a stimulating adventure and a multi-level learning experience.
Marlene Houngbedji, Class of 2013
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Q: “Tell us a little bit about yourself, Marlene.”
A: “I am a member of the U.S. Navy, a veteran of Afghanistan, and a graduate of the University of Paris I Sorbonne. I have worked extensively with underserved populations, including refugees, victims of torture, and battered and homeless women.”

Q: “How did you choose Norwich?”
A: “I had to overcome serious doubts on the legitimacy of online programs before making the decision to apply for one, unsure as to how to remain consistent without the constant oversight of a physically present instructor. Norwich put all my concerns to rest.”

Q: “What has this degree set you up for next?”
A: “Short-terms plans include pursuing a Master of Law in International Humanitarian Law, as I was accepted into the Tufts University Fletcher School of Diplomacy’s LLM program in International Law. Suffice it to say, a program strictly designed for lawyers wouldn’t have considered my application without the solid academic foundations that Norwich's master's program in diplomacy has provided me.”

Q: “How would you describe your time as a student at Norwich?”
A: “My time with Norwich has been a stimulating adventure and a multi-level learning experience. I look forward to delving further into the realm of diplomacy and conflict prevention, and applying the knowledge I have acquired these past 18 months in the next chapter of my professional life.”

Q: “Is there anything you wish to share about your Norwich experience?”
A: “My greatest challenge – and perhaps my greatest accomplishment – was to have spent eight of the 18 months of the program deployed in a remote camp in Afghanistan. I shared a tent with five other females, utilizing a rather unreliable Internet connection in the wee hours of the night, managing to complete all my weekly readings and assignments while hiding under my blanket so the light wouldn’t bother my tent-mates. It helped me develop a sense of dedication that can only prove useful in my future academic and professional endeavors.”