David and his two research partners, Aaron Feng and Paul Hatanga, touring Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway project inside of Nairobi National Park during March 2019

When I arrived at F&ES, I was transitioning from many consecutive years focusing exclusively on China. My interest in China included three years living in Beijing, as well as a commitment to building Mandarin fluency, understanding Chinese culture and society, and greatly familiarizing myself with China’s economic development opportunities and challenges. Having spent so many years building expertise on China—more than a decade, dating back to my first visit to Beijing midway through high school—my decision to enroll at F&ES meant pivoting more fully into the environmental realm, and likely moving China away from the core of the activities and issues I was exploring. It also meant moving myself, literally, to New Haven from Washington, D.C., where I’d lived for three years previously following my three years in…

MY YALE F&ES EXPERIENCE: DAVID J. SOLOMON

Graduate school has been an incredible opportunity to deepen my knowledge and professional skills, broaden my scope of career paths, and greatly expand my network of individuals who are not only future influential leaders in their field, but also great friends. Yet, grad school has also been a very busy and sometimes exhausting phase, full of crowded schedules, constant digital communications regarding projects and programming, and high academic standards and pressures.

During nearly three semesters at F&ES, I’ve sought to navigate this range of grad school joys and challenges, creating a balance of school work, passion projects, and hobbies that have both fulfilled and invigorated me throughout this highly dynamic chapter of my life:

Courses  Having worked in US-China trade relations for several years prior to arriving at…