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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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Xin Zhong

Architecture and Math Major
Compromise and Resist
Designers’ approaches toward a certain task are unambivalently shaped by their cultures. Placing different cultures in a high-density working environment predictably causes friction: a classic exemplar of such a conflict is a designer from a technology-dependent background experiencing offensive inconvenience in an old-school hand-craft culture. This was what I went through when I had my internship in Tokyo, Japan, where handcrafting is highly praised. Conflicts also exist in all other aspects: different aesthetic standards, concept and reality, troubles in communication from language barriers. In a real-life working environment, we have to compromise; on the other hand, it is also crucial to keep a critical mind and use the new culture as a mirror to evaluate the past.