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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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Shannon Seigal

Environmental Studies and Spanish Major
Cultivating Plants and Minds
On a planet facing rapidly increasing environmental change and globalization, many children, particularly those who live in cities, are growing up without knowing where their food comes from. Citysprouts aims to educate students about food systems through the development and maintenance of gardens and accompanying curriculum at Cambridge and Boston public schools. At CitySprouts, I worked as a Summer Fellow for the middle school program utilizing an inquiry-based educational framework to teach middle school students about the food systems that they are part of. I had the privilege of guiding students through their first time planting a seed, pulling a weed, harvesting vegetables, and cooking their own food. Working as a middle school educator was more challenging and more rewarding than I anticipated, and my ability to remain in control of difficult situations will carry over into whatever career I eventually pursue.