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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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Anne Demosthene

Computer Science Major
The Wellness Design: Building a Holistic Foundation
S.L. Designs is a Parisian street-wear fashion company that aspires to stay current, relevant and fresh. In June 2017 they grew into a lifestyle brand that promotes wellness as an integral part of their mission. Along with accessibility, and technology, wellness is recognized as a priority in programming. I was tasked with designing a program that would incorporate these ideas. Over the summer, I developed a web-based tool for accessing, tracking, and suggesting different practices for your overall health. I was able to focus on making it accessible so that anyone in the community would be able to participate regardless of income. By including a variety of exercises, meditation, and sensory activities, I was able to target a range of users who might not typically be targeted. Over the course of time, I assisted in building a wellness program tailored to the individual.