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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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Donari Yahzid

Anthropology and Politics Major
Reconceptualizing Education in Ghana: How Acquiring Knowledge Builds a National Identity
Throughout time, people have grown to conceptualize a “proper” education through the rigid constraints of formalized institutions. We often neglect the knowledge gained without a degree for scholarly evidence and reputable sources. But what of those who cannot afford a formal education, or who are simply appalled by the thought of subscribing to a system that profits off the manipulation of their children? My time in Ghana introduced me to various understandings of education, as well as its capacity to sculpt individuals. As a teacher in both a private Baptist school and a homeschooling group, I became privy to a vast community but was also permitted to observe how education works to mold its students into the ideal future of Ghana. As vast as the concepts are for an ideal Ghanaian future so, too, are the ways of educating individuals. In my presentation, I will engage with the preconceived notions of education and development as a way to reconceptualize the impact of education in Ghana.