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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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Kayla Ryan

Psychology and Education Major
Molding Young Minds: Learning Through Teaching
As someone interested in pursuing a career in education, I was determined to find an internship in a school setting--specifically early childhood education. I had the opportunity to spend my summer interning for Gorse Children’s Center located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. I primarily worked with children that were in their final year at this center and were preparing to head to kindergarten. I was able to extend my reach to the children in a variety of ways -- such as being a teacher, coach, mentor and role model. As an educator in this space, I learned skills I felt I needed to thrive in countless workplaces in the education field. This presentation will explore the experience and responsibilities I had as an educator and go in depth about how I gained the skills I did in this kind of environment.