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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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Shannon

Biology Major
From South Hadley to South Africa: Connecting Veterinary Experiences at Home and Abroad
This past summer I traveled to the Eastern Cape, South Africa, where I worked as a veterinary intern. While there, I learned from and assisted veterinarians in a variety of environments, including wildlife game reserves, industrial and small-scale farms, and in small and large animal veterinary clinics. I spent my time living and working with a group of pre-veterinary students, with whom I attended lectures and gained practical experience in the field. From the veterinarians and fellow staff, I learned about animal handling, management, diagnosis and treatments, and was expected to complete or assist with a variety of tasks. Daily activities ranged from wildlife capture, relocation and release, small animal surgery, herd pregnancy testing and vaccinations, and artificial insemination of pigs, to laboratory diagnostics and more. Throughout this opportunity, I was able to explore some of the multitude of career paths that a veterinary degree can provide.