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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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Nicole Aline Pelletier

Art History and East Asian Studies Major
English Education in a Changing World
In one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world -- known especially for its historically extensive involvement with international exportation -- it may be surprising that Japan’s English Language Education (ELE) system does not focus primarily on developing advanced communication skills. My internship this summer took me to Tokyo Christian Women's University, a historically liberal women’s institution in the Tokyo suburbs of Suginami-ku, where fellow English Language educators and I worked together to shift this norm. Through introducing career and communication-based language instruction, how is Japan’s standard test-oriented culture affected, and how do students’ goal orientations shift?