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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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Katrina Meserve

Environmental Studies Major
Creative Strategies for Children from Coast to Coast
Creative growth begins when one is able to transform the way they learn in new ways. This process of growth is constantly being seen in the way children problem-solve and strategize where play can be incorporated with deduction and reasoning skills as well as inventive and innovative ideas. This summer I explored the different platforms in which creativity can be presented and used throughout early childhood education. I worked on the West Coast at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco learning how to shift the focus of the creative process to collaborative, as well as independent, engagement where innovation was at the forefront of creative learning. While I learned how to influence these processes, I was not implementing these strategies with children on an education level. This lead me to the East Coast in central Maine, where I worked at Camp Bishopswood as a creative outlet and facilitator for children of all ages. Here I spread my creative influence to a diverse community where I was able to teach different critical building blocks of the creative process in a unique and inventive environment.