Knox alumna Mrinalini Chakraborty '12, national field coordinator for the Women’s March, was recently intervi...
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Major in Computer Science, Minors in Creative Writing, Psychology
What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside the classroom?
If you want to be prepared for the real world after you graduate, you must put yourself out there as soon as possible. You have to put in the effort to learn about the field you want to go into before you graduate.
Describe your work as a Mellon Fellow.
During the Winter term of the 2016-2017 academic year, I decided to use one of my credits to work on software I had started on during that Fall Term. For years, I've been fascinated with Minecraft, a game that has made it to almost every gaming platform, and I wanted to learn how to code mods for the game, specifically the PC/Mac version of it. Mods are little pieces of software that can manipulate a game to do various things, like adding weapons, implementing new forms of functionality, or simply allowing the users to do things they usually wouldn't be able to do in a casual Minecraft game. Prior to the initiation of my research project, I had sought out mods online that would allow me to interact with the game in a way that I could combat other online players in a gladiator fashion but I couldn't find any, so I decided to create my own. Over the course of the Winter term, I learned how to use tools that professionals use in the gaming industry, how to ask questions to experts who had already created mods for the game, and how to study the code of existing mods so I could create my own.
Is there a professor that has had a significant impact on your education?
Professors Jaime Spacco and Robin Metz—I do not know what I would have done without their help as a student at Knox. Jaime has taken so much time out of his own to help me with research projects and has provided me with rich knowledge that will help me in my computer science career. Robin has been a great contributor to the development of my writing. Thanks to him, I've been able to improve my fiction writing.
Salvador Solis '18 is a Mellon Fellowship recipient. He's involved with M.E.Ch.A., an activist organization on campus, which "has helped me to stay woke with regarding events and news that are not traditionally spoken or broadcasted in the mainstream media."
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