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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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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Expanding Never Fear/Change Beyond Mount Holyoke College

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The Mount Holyoke community has continued to instill in its students a sense of openness and willingness to change once beyond the college gates. The five members of the panel, Kim, Sam, Natalie, Sarah, and Melissa, share how they expanded their "Never Fear / Change" mentality as upperclassmen working across the globe in Florence, Italy; Barkhamsted, Connecticut; Washington, DC; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Cebu, Philippines. Sam and Kimberly managed essential core event logistics in different settings. Natalie and Sarah inspired young students to explore their potential in academics. Melissa acquired new climate perspectives and expanded her knowledge about the federal workplace. The five panelists learned that adapting to their work environments was the best way to make the most out of their summer experiences.


Rachel Alldis

Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life, Mount Holyoke College
I am open to all conversations.

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Sarah Angela N. Almaden

Smiles from Thousands of Miles, Psychology Major
"Nasa kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan."- Jose Rizal Sarah spent most of her summer in the Philippines as an intern at Ibo Elementary School. Having her internship split into two parts, Sarah was a teaching assistant to both Mrs. Normandia, a 5th grade teacher, as well as Mrs. Mambaje... Read More →
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Kim Foreiter

Discovering My Inner Resiliant Italiana, Psychology and Education Major
Summer 2017 for Kimberly meant regaining a connection to the land her Argentinean refugee grandparents fled fascism from during World War II. Kimberly worked as a staff member for CISabroad's site in Firenze, Italia. Her work entailed: organizing and executing logistical tasks for... Read More →
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Melissa Perez

Readjustment in Public Service Goals, International Relations Major
Melissa completed her summer internship in Washington, DC as a legislative intern. Due to her interest in public service, Melissa applied in the hopes of finding reinvigorating legislative work as an intern on Capitol Hill. Her daily tasks included answering constituent calls, running... Read More →
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What Did You Do This Summer?: Preparing for Summer Camp, Psychology and Education Major
Summer camp is an integral, formative part of many peoples’ childhood. Summer camp has the potential to help children grow and learn. There is a lot that must happen before the children arrive to ensure the best possible experience for each and every one of them. I spent the beginning... Read More →
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Natalie Truong

Programming Should be Fun, Computer Science Major
Thinking that coding is a privilege that she has received from her US education, Natalie came back to her home country, Vietnam, to inspire young coders to learn, play and explore the beauty of computer programming.

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 206