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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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Iliana Enriquez

Psychology and Education Major
Empowering and Mentoring the Youth Today to Lead Tomorrow
This past summer I interned as an Assistant Academic Coordinator at an organization called USC Upward Bound. The program Upward Bound (UB) is an academic college preparatory program for high school students funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored locally by the University of Southern California. The program aims to motivate, inspire, support and empower low-income and future first-generation college students in progressing through the academic pipeline from high school to college. As an assistant academic coordinator, I took on two roles: one as a coordinator and the other as an advisor. As a coordinator, I oversaw the scheduling of events, filled forms, created permission forms, staff schedules, rosters, and other administrative tasks. However, as an advisor, I conducted college advisement, college-geared workshops, and provided mentorship to the students in the summer college-preparatory program. This experience has strengthened my desire to work in the field of education and continue to inspire and empower the students of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Through my presentation, I hope to elaborate more on what I did as an Assistant Academic Coordinator, what I learned, what challenges I faced, and how this experience has impacted me today.