The formula for the Learning in Application (LEAP) Symposium remains constant: During a half-day conference, held the Friday of Family and Friends Weekend, panels of students in every major present about their summer internship or research experiences. Students — who worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field — rock PowerPoint, field questions and share insight in classrooms and lecture halls packed with family, friends, alumnae, faculty and staff.
What changes year to year? The stories and reflections. The destinations and growth. The successes and challenges. The surprises and triumphs.
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The weather was glorious for hiking — sunny, breezy, not too hot. All day the ubiquitous greeting echoed off the trees and rocky cliffs of Mount Holyoke: “Happy Mountain Day!” “Happy Mountain Day!”
“It’s like we created a holiday for ourselves,” said one student. “It’s something we all do together, as a community. Everyone is happy. It’s a nice break from classes!”
When you look closely at the College’s official emblem, do palm trees catch your eye? “Palm trees in South Hadley, Massachusetts?” you may wonder. “That’s curious.”
You know you’re a Mount Holyoke student when, as the spring semester nears to a close, you start getting excited for Pangynaskeia Day. By putting it on your calendar. Mentioning it on social media. Hoping for sunny skies and warm temps. Digging out a favorite lawn blanket. All perhaps to the initial puzzlement of those beyond the College’s gates.
“What’s … that? What do you mean? Where are you going?” asks your younger sibling or high school friend or parent.
“Oh, it’s just a spring thing!” you reply with a smile. That smile of knowing that at Mount Holyoke, a bevy of fascinating and slightly curious traditions continues with reckless abandon.
And so it begins: your story, your quest, your journey.
Propelled and amplified by our global community.
A sensational, all-senses-activated community.
An inclusive, forward-looking community steeped in tradition.