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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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Kannah Landford

Economics Major and Nexus in Global Business
When Life Gives You Lemons Make It Count
This summer I had the opportunity to work on Wall Street, but I have no finance background. You do not need a degree in finance to work on Wall Street, but it will help you. Throughout the summer I faced a few bumps in the road because I lacked confidence. I was surrounded by Ivy League students who came from finance backgrounds which intimidated me. That being said they were the same ones to help me when I didn’t understand something, and I also had the support of my managers and sponsors. I had to learn quickly, which was difficult. I had to work harder, in my opinion, than the other interns because I had to teach myself from scratch things that they had already learned in classes. That being said, once I kept at it and gained confidence I was able to turn the internship around.