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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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Casey Pan

Architecture Major
To Be an International Designer in This Cultural Swirl
As future international designers, how could we balance what we learned from school with what is needed in the office, and how do we navigate our work while people in the office are working in a different pattern than us? I have worked in four different design offices in four different cities over the past few years. Each office has its own culture and working pattern, and I had to adjust myself to fit into the environments. Even the way you call people can be tricky during work. As interns, we sometimes feel that we are inexperienced, but sometimes we should just push ourselves in front and state our interests and concerns. Other times, we should just step back, observe and learn. Cultural challenges can be difficult to overcome, but opportunities of learning always accompany challenges.