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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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Sarah Angela N. Almaden

Psychology Major
Smiles from Thousands of Miles
"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, a 1st grade teacher. As a teaching assistant, her responsibilities included answering student questions, providing additional guidance on their classwork, and arranging and engaging in daily educational activities to enhance social relationships within the classroom. For the 5th grade students, she conducted tutoring sessions in math, and for the 1st grade students, she offered reading lessons. As an intern and a teaching assistant, Sarah ensured that the students were getting the help they needed through close attention and one-on-one accommodation. When students were struggling to understand class lessons and activities, she would find ways to explain certain topics effectively and maximize their learning experience. Sarah’s summer spent as an intern and a teaching assistant has been one of the most memorable and eye-opening experiences she has had in her college years. Besides being a mentor, a tutor, and a guide to the students, Sarah was also a playmate, a friend, and an inspiration for the children. From this internship, Sarah was able to see the Philippines from another perspective. She learned that not only is the country comprised of thousands of islands and rich history and vibrant culture, but it is also composed of ambitious, curious, kind-hearted, and gracious young students. During Sarah’s summer sojourn, she maintained the Never Fear/Change mantra through her actions and mentality to not only adapt to her new surroundings but to fully immerse herself into the Filipino culture.
"The youth is the hope of our future."- Jose Rizal