Knox alumna Mrinalini Chakraborty '12, national field coordinator for the Women’s March, was recently intervi...
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Major in Physics, Minors in International Relations and Mathematics
What will you be doing in your new position with Markit?
I'm a part of the product management team here at Markit. I'm specifically working on a product that is used by banks to manage their third-party clients.
How did your Knox experience influence where you are today?
Knox has helped me grow in ways that I never imagined. Living in a diverse yet vibrant community gave me confidence that I will carry into my workplace and I grew in ways I didn't think I would.
A major part of my Knox education was the different conversations I've had with people who had different socio-economic backgrounds than I had; they have enabled me to see everything from the other person's point of view. Those [conversations] are what I look back at when I think about what I've gotten out of my Knox experience.
Why did you choose Knox?
Knox was the one college that made me feel the most wanted, constantly staying in touch and being accommodating throughout the application process. Being an international student I had no clue what to expect of Knox, but three years later I can easily say that my experience was better than I ever could have imagined.
Tell us about a memorable Knox experience.
I didn't know I'd be part of the tennis team; my senior year I was actually team captain. Learning leadership through being in a position where you're responsible for people, those are skills that I never really expected I would learn. I feel blessed to have had the chance to work with Coach Miriam Skrade and Coach Eyre.
In addition to this, my Political Science Professor Daniel Beers was not only my teacher, but a mentor and a role-model. He helped me grow into the field of international relations and political science and ensured that I developed a lifelong fondness for the field. I was also lucky enough to work with him on a project that he initiated in Haiti. This led to a very memorable trip to Haiti and the formation of Resources to Resources (R2R), a non-profit organization that connects donors here in the U.S. to people in need in Haiti.
What surprised you the most about your Knox experience?
The accepting nature of everyone at Knox as well as the resources that we as students had. From research grants to faculty committees to setting up clubs/organizations, Knox provided an atmosphere that was conducive to taking initiatives.
Rohail Khan served as a leader in campus life (Islamic Club, Orientation Leader, Student Senate, Varsity Tennis, Student Visit Ambassador, Red Room Tutor) and served as a Richter Grant recipient for projects in Pakistan and Haiti.
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