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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Mollie Kowalchik

Special Major
A Beacon of my Future: Life as a Physical Therapist
I spent my summer as a physical therapy intern at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked specifically with one team of therapists, consisting of two physical therapists and two physical therapy assistants. My responsibilities included setting up equipment, guiding patients through their exercise programs, demonstrating exercises, and administering Game Ready® treatments and hot and cold packs. My long-term presence at this clinic allowed me to see a vast array of patients and conditions, as well as witness patients progress through their recoveries. This was more beneficial to my learning than short-term physical therapy shadowing experiences I have completed. In addition to the knowledge I gained about developing and implementing physical rehabilitation programs, this internship also taught me other crucial skills of a physical therapist, including patient communication and time management. Overall, my experience at Beacon solidified my career aspirations of becoming a physical therapist.