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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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Liz Tucksmith

Computer Science Major
Chaos within Boundary: Finding Your Calling, Finding Yourself
This presentation will reflect on my experience this summer as a marketing intern in San Francisco, where I navigated the complex environment of a software startup called Badger Maps. As a computer science major thrown into the world of business, I was apprehensive to say the least. Thankfully, I found that the small environment I was in allowed me to create my own path to success, however I deemed fit. From writing landing pages, to coding and creating content for complete SEO-strategized websites, this experience encompassed my full range of interests. Though the lack of structure often found in software startups required me to work above and beyond what I originally assumed would be expected of me, I found it pushed me into new career directions I would have never gone in before. Ultimately, my work with Badger Maps didn’t come without challenges, but it also didn’t come without reward.