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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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Sandi-Lynn Eshun

Africana Studies and Psychology Major
More Than a Counselor: a Mentor and Teacher to the Underprivileged Youth
Through Lynk, I had the opportunity to work with Upward Bound, a federal educational program that focuses on preparing primarily low-income and first-generation students for college. Upward Bound is a part of the TRIO program, initially launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The federal program is housed by universities and colleges nationwide. I interned at the Upward Bound summer program in East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. My position involved counseling the students individually, teaching classes on psychological well-being weekly, and working with the Upward Bound Parents Association to plan and develop events for parents. This internship enhanced my counseling and mentorship skills, provided an opportunity to develop new teaching skills and exposure to an underserved population. This experience was insightful and helped me envision my career path in a different and broader light.