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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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Psychology and Education Major
What Did You Do This Summer?: Preparing for Summer Camp
Summer camp is an integral, formative part of many peoples’ childhood. Summer camp has the potential to help children grow and learn. There is a lot that must happen before the children arrive to ensure the best possible experience for each and every one of them. I spent the beginning of my summer at Boulder Ridge Day Camp in Barkhamsted, CT getting the camp prepared for the arrival of campers and staff members. I learned about the legal requirements of running a camp as well as the requirements of the American Camp Association. I was able to expand upon the knowledge I had acquired through my experiences at camp both as a camper and a staff member to gain a greater appreciation for the work required to run and operate a day camp.