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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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Olivia Solomon

Anthropology Major
Staying Confident When Facing Confusion
Conflict resolution is a critical skill that is needed both in conflicts across the globe and in our daily work lives. This summer, I worked at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, helping a group of professors there to develop a course focusing on racial reconciliation in America that will be taught this semester. I loved the idea of this project and dove into my internship with a lot of passion, only to struggle constantly with how the project was managed. In order to succeed this summer, I had to learn how to communicate with my supervisor and often take initiative or make decisions on my own. By working actively to overcome these challenges, I was able to take a far deeper pride in my work and rely on myself with confidence.