Welcome to Senior Symposium! Today we celebrate the many extraordinary achievements of the Class of 2021 -- their hard work, perseverance, and brilliance! We have designed this year’s Senior Symposium as a virtual, day-long event. We have 132 students presenting from all over the world on 34 panels in almost every discipline and major offered at Mount Holyoke. Seniors are conducting research on gene therapy, climate change, and preparing for the next pandemic. They are writing theses and capstone projects on the gothic, queer studies, persistent multi-robot formations, reproductive health, and the Chicago Teachers Union. They have created new choreography, novellas, short films, and sustainable designs for local New England farms. We also have students presenting about their LYNK and Nexus opportunities on a series of panels at lunchtime that we call mini LEAP.

Explore the schedule below to see all of the remarkable intellectual and creative accomplishments that Mount Holyoke students have achieved, even in the most challenging of times. A special thanks to the faculty and staff who have advised and supported the Class of 2021 in their endeavors.

Congratulations in advance to our Seniors who are presenting today and to all of our beloved students in the Class of 2021.

The 2021 Senior Symposium will be presented via synchronous Zoom panels. Video links will be available in the Panel information 10 minutes prior to the panel start.

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Friday, April 16 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LEAP - How to Join and Work in Large Organizations: Basic Skills You Need to Know

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Last summer, we all worked in China-based large organizations. We found that data analysis, communication, the ability to learn, and logical thinking are basic but important skills that interns need, especially in large organizations. Yuanyuan worked in a consulting firm and gained hands-on experience working with data. Jiayi worked in PWC and learnt to communicate with clients effectively. Yifan worked in an investment company and acquired knowledge in fields unrelated to her majors. Christine worked in Tencent Game, the largest video game vendor, and learnt to analyze and present her work in a logical way. 

Our panel will be particularly valuable for students who also want to work in Chinese large organizations. While talking about the skills we acquired and the challenges we faced, we will also share our feelings about the general operation of large organizations. We will also offer valuable tips on the job interview for those companies. 


Yuanyuan Zhai

My summer experience of working at the tax department
In the past summer, I worked in the tax department in Chengxi consulting firm, which is based in Beijing. Throughout the internship, I acquired both financial knowledge and hands-on experience to work with data. Also, I learned some soft skills like tasks organization and efficient... Read More →

Jiayi Lu

Being a Summer Analyst at PwC, Data Science and Economics Majors
This summer, I did an internship at PwC Global Mobility Service Group as a summer analyst in Shanghai. This job mainly asks the analyst to prepare and declare annual reconciliations for assignees, communicate with clients through email for service updates and checking materials, and... Read More →

Yifan Lei

Exploring the world of Venture Capital, Economics and Music majors
For this past summer, I worked as an intern in the project department of Shenzhen Capital Group Company, a large investment company owned by the local government. Throughout this internship, I was responsible for monitoring and controlling projects handled by the Project Manager... Read More →

Christine Xiao

Working in the world's largest video game vendor, Economics major and English minor
Last summer, I worked in Tencent Game's Business development department. I was mainly responsible for assisting its overseas business, particularly overseas game publishing. I was responsible for communicating with our two major distribution channels: App Store and Google Play. To... Read More →

Friday April 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Mount Holyoke College
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