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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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Jamesa Allen

Sociology Major
Cultures Converge in the Classroom
This summer I had the opportunity to intern as a Group Leader for the Youth Empowerment Program with GPI US.  During my four weeks in Japan I traveled to four schools in different cities all over the country. I got to experience a wide variety of Japanese lifestyles with different host families who graciously hosted me each week. My job as a Group Leader was to lead discussions and activities on topics like leadership, globalization, environmental issues, immigration, and the students’ personal accomplishments and goals. With the group leaders providing a western style teaching dynamic, a unique cultural interaction occurred at each school we visited. Through this program I explored the field of international education and gained insight on Japanese classroom culture.