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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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Kimberly Mota

Architecture Major
From Classroom to Law Office
My academic career was greatly impacted by the Latinx studies program at Mount Holyoke. With time, I realized the influence that Latinx studies had on my academic career and goals. I was then challenged to figure out how to draw on my education in Latinx Studies in the service of my community. I did this by interning at the Law Office of Stan Weber PLLC as a paralegal. The law firm specializes in criminal immigration issues both in immigration court and with other agencies. The knowledge I gained from my Latinx studies courses helped prepare me for my work as a paralegal. My duties ranged from assisting clients with their affidavits and filing applications, to serving as an interpreter. This overall experience confirmed my goal of applying to law schools and pursuing a career as an immigration attorney.