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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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Haley Subocz

Psychology Major
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When children with serious behavioral and emotional difficulties are involved with the court system, they’re often labeled as unfit for society. Generally, these youths face countless barriers to reenter the community. This summer, I worked with a team of interns at a philanthropic institution to help incorporate high-risk children back into society. We worked to avoid letting their past experiences dictate their lives by supplying them with the skills to design their own future. Together, we enrolled over 200 children into mentor programs, which saved them from being lost in the criminal system. These programs allowed the children to realize their potential by building better relationships and avoiding risky behavior. This experience led me to leave my comfort zone behind and has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams.