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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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Lillian Williams

Theatre Major
From Ball Gowns to Basketball: A Study of Antique Athletic Wear
Imagine trying to move in a corset. It restricts your range of motion, forces your posture and even limits your ability to breathe. While these issues may seem archaic to the modern woman, it was not all that long ago that they were a reality for Mount Holyoke women.

This summer I worked in collaboration with Mount Holyoke’s Archives and Special Collections and the Mount Holyoke Antique Clothing Collection to curate part of an exhibit on the physical education at Mount Holyoke. Through my research it became clear that advances in access to sports and exercise often meant advances for feminism as well. Using the resources made available by my internship, I was able to track the growth of physical education at Mount Holyoke through clothing history.