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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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Nadia Babar

Philosophy and Politics Major
Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Fast-Track to Becoming a Lawyer
This summer, I worked as a law clerk for the Gove Law Office in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an aspiring attorney, I was ecstatic to be able to experience the legal world as a rising junior. Furthermore, I wasn’t just tasked with menial errands like grabbing coffee and making copies - I drafted wills, trusts, and deeds, learned how to use a law library for legal research, sat in on client meetings, and updated corporate minutes. Working at a small law office gave me the opportunity to engage with the daily goings-on of being a lawyer and discover whether pursuing law is what I really wanted to do -- it is.