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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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Zhuoran Yu

Environmental Studies Major
A Peaceful Mind in the Botanic Garden
Put your hands in the soil and you can feel the natural energy from the Earth. Zhuoran had a wonderful time exploring plants as well as finding a peaceful mind in Summer 2017 during her internship at the Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden. From pulling weeds to maintain the tidiness of the garden to cleaning mealybugs on each single orchid, Zhuoran realized how her patience will eventually get payback by seeing plants grow healthily. Besides getting to know each single plant, Zhuoran also dedicated time helping the public to understand the importance of a botanic garden. Together with other two interns, Zhuoran went on a journey searching for the history of MHC Botanic Garden and made two maps to guide the public. However, the most important part is: spending her life far away from noisy cities made her realize how important nature is to humans.