LEAP: Into Your Future
The Learning through Experiential Applications Program guides you through programs and activities designed to prepare you for your next step after you graduate from DePauw. LEAP uniquely combines programming and opportunities available across campus to help you develop your career interests and strengthen the skills that you will need to succeed in your academic and career fields of interest. LEAP provides a template for you to build upon those opportunities that are of greatest value to you as you create your individualized four-year plan to succeed at DePauw. You will sign up for this program at the Hubbard Center and earn points and rewards while engaging in activities that will strengthen your skills that prepare you to LEAP into your future.
You can sign up for LEAP by visiting the Hubbard Center lounge, filling out and returning the registration form that is available in the LEAP brochure on the receptionist desk.
Why You Should Join
Advantages to Participating
There are multiple reasons to participate in LEAP. By joining, you will earn points and rewards for doing activities that you would already be doing. You also are able to participate in those experiences of greatest interest to you to create your uniquely individualized four-year plan for success after you graduate. You will get credit for participating in a variety of campus programs, including:
• Networking with alumni in a variety of settings (you will also have access to exclusive events as a LEAP participant)
• Semester-long off-campus study
• Shadowing professionals in the career of your choice
• Summer internships
• Volunteering and civic work that makes a difference in the community; this also will be an asset in your future career
You also will prepare your resume and cover letters, along with developing your LinkedIn profile and strengthening your professional online presence to ensure that you are ready for those professional opportunities you choose to pursue.
Activities for LEAP credit
One of the greatest advantages to LEAP is that the program is strong enough to provide a template for any student to be able to successfully prepare for post-graduate pursuits. Whether you want to start your career in the U.S. or pursue a career internationally, or if you want to go to graduate school immediately after you graduate, LEAP will help provide the guidance to take those steps during your four years on campus to get you there. LEAP strategically incorporates career-development programming from offices and departments across campus to bolster the opportunities available for you to forge your own individualized path. No two students will have an experience through LEAP that will be identical! By successfully completing LEAP, you will finish your years at DePauw well-equipped with the resources, experiences, and knowledge that will help you to excel at the next level and beyond.
Requirements to Participate
There are no fees for you to participate in LEAP. In order to successfully participate, you have to do only three things: Sign up for LEAP, complete the Networking Etiquette program, and then participate in at least six programs or activities labeled LEAP Approved to earn points toward rewards. That's it! By completing those activities, you will be on your way to preparing for your post-graduate pursuits.
LEAP Approved Events
You can check out what events are LEAP approved by going to the Events schedule, then type in "LEAP" in the Keywords box.