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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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Veneta Cholakova

Computer Science and Mathematics Major
A Woman in Game Development
In the summer of 2017 I was part of the Summer Innovation Program of MassDiGI in Worcester, MA. The program brought 28 students together to work on five mobile games. I was on a team of seven people and learned a lot about mobile game development. We created a 2D game called “Raise The Bass”, where the player is a DJ protecting their turntable from corrupted soundwaves. It was really exciting to work on a team and develop our game from scratch! We shared ideas, built prototypes and then made final decisions about how the game will look and function. As a computer science and math double major, I combined the knowledge gained from both fields to benefit the development of the game. I had the opportunity to share my knowledge with my colleagues as well as to learn from them. My summer internship will definitely benefit my future growth as a software engineer!