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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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Psychology Major
The Beauty in the Challenge of Education in Nicaragua
Podcasts for Peace is a social justice community center that helps children in the community of Managua, Nicaragua grow. Their goal is to offer a safe space for children to become leaders and enrich their lives through creative expression, academic and life skills, along with health and wellness. Arriving at the center, Zashira already had some experience working with children through CBL tutoring, observations, and extracurricular activities back home. However, Podcasts for Peace was a special place where she was fortunate enough to build her own classes, teach English, Italian, and STEP, and provide support in community and team events. Her role shifted from being a student in Massachusetts to a teacher in Nicaragua. In her presentation, she wants to share how she overcame the challenges and fears she encountered and how she was able to appreciate the beauty and cultural differences of another country as well as her own.