In a little over two weeks, over 550 seniors will be celebrating Commencement and awarded their degrees, as they prepare to leave these gates to go make positive change in communities around the world. From artists to writers and athletes to scientists, each student has had their own transformative experience at Mount Holyoke. Katie Ho ’16, a computer science major and Chinese minor, talks about her proudest accomplishment here at MHC:
"Cofounding HackHolyoke, the first collegiate hackathon hosted on a women's college campus. Being part of an all-girls robotics team named Einstein's Daughters through middle and high school back in California was when I first became aware of the lack of women in STEM. However, I have since started to build off of my imposter syndrome to encourage other young girls and high school graduates to pursue computer science and engineering. Through HackHolyoke, we were able to create a supportive space for both beginners and seasoned coders of all majors and backgrounds. We challenged these students to make a product and application in less than 24 hours. HackHolyoke is different than other hackathons because it strives to host about as many female-identifying contributors as male-identifying contributors in the student teams. We believe that this gives students from Mount Holyoke and other colleges and universities the opportunity to see what it’s like to build in an engineering environment as it should be. HackHolyoke continues to be an annual event in the fall at Mount Holyoke that attracts students from all over New England and is hosted by new organizers every year."
In addition to HackHolyoke, Katie's other activities include serving as Chair of Sponsorship/External Finance of the Computer Science Society, a Giga Education Mentor for Megas and Gigas Educate, and a member of the Student Government Association Admissions & Financial Aid Committee. After graduation, she will be moving to New York City to work as an associate consultant developer at a software consulting firm called ThoughtWorks.
See more on Katie and others from the senior class in Meet the Graduates of 2016