Junior Maya Sopory ’22 credits Mount Holyoke with helping to expand her world view and enhancing her critical thinking skills. “I am told to question everything, interrogate the status quo, and push the boundaries of my thinking, regardless of the space I am in.”
Junior Dayishaa Daga ’22 credits her closeness with professors with her success in pursuing two rigorous STEM majors, biological sciences and data science. In addition to feeling connected to faculty through her academics, Dayishaa serves on multiple committees and clubs that have helped her feel closer to the community. This summer before her junior year, funding through the College’s Lynk initiative enabled her to pursue a remote internship in data science in her home country of Nepal. She learned new skills related to her major and explored possible career paths.
Are you interested in supporting sports and athletics at Mount Holyoke? Or investing in experiential internships or research opportunities? Or maybe you are passionate about providing scholarship aid to students? By choosing a destination — such as Athletics, The Lynk & Career Preparedness or Scholarships — for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you support incredible students like Mika Butin ’19.
Meet Samantha Haddad ’19, who came to Mount Holyoke from Mount Kisco, New York. A rising senior with a double major in history and art history, Samantha is Co-President of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Mount Holyoke College Chapter, a Student Outreach Coordinator and a member of the Amherst Irish Association. A recipient of the 2018 Dorothy M. Cogswell Merit Scholarship in art history, Samantha plans to move to Northern Ireland after she graduates and hopes to work in Irish Civil Service and Public Policy.
Meet Cassie Peltier ’18, who came to Mount Holyoke from Williamstown, Massachusetts. A history major with a Nexus in Museums, Archives and Public History, Cassie served as a board member for the Mount Holyoke Folk Music and Dance Society, where she taught Irish step and ceili dances, co-organized contra dances, and helped host a Scottish Highland dance workshop. She also studied modern Irish Gaelic through the Five College Supervised Independent Language Program. After graduation, Cassie hopes to complete fellowships and internships at museums, learning all aspects of the field, and then study textile conservation.
Meet Sofia Rivera ’18, who came to Mount Holyoke from San Juan, Puerto Rico. An international relations major with a minor in American politics, Sofia served as the Latinx Caucus Chair and Membership Director for the College Democrats of Massachusetts and was a Department of State virtual intern with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she researched migration trends and human rights abuses in the region. She also interned with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots organization that focuses on building power at the local, state and federal levels. After graduation, Sofia will be pursuing a career in public service and community engagement, with a focus on electoral politics within the Latinx community.
The LEAP (Learning from Application) Symposium is Mount Holyoke's premier showcase of student summer work, organized by and for Mount Holyoke students.
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 — family, friends, faculty, staff and alumnae — to come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.
Mount Holyoke students are many things all at once: bold, smart, collaborative, strong, passionate, ready to face the future. The Lynk is a college-wide approach that prepares students for lifelong success by connecting their personal interests and coursework, practical experience and career exploration. Each student's Lynk experience is unique, reflecting their values and aspirations.
A central goal of Mount Holyoke's Lynk initiative is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to explore their career interests, gain practical experience and begin to develop a professional network through an internship or research project. The College’s Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) program helps make this possible by offering each student a grant of up to $3,600 to pursue at least one unpaid or low-paid summer internship or research opportunity during her four years at MHC.
The Lynk is Mount Holyoke's signature approach that connects curriculum to career by ensuring that each MHC student has the opportunity to explore their career interests, gain practical experience and begin to develop a professional network through an internship or research project.