Success After Solebury School
Alex Leone '14
Yale University 2018
“Solebury taught me how to reconcile the different versions of myself. While it is an interminable process of discovering and developing my true self, Solebury provided me with a welcoming space to begin to expose all aspects of my character. I learned the value of being my own unique and genuine self. ” —Alex
At Solebury School, Alex Leone was a member of Cohort 2 of our Teach2Serve Program, which is designed to inspire students to create solutions to problems they identify in the world. Her cohort’s theme was “empowerment through education (with a focus on females)." They successfully organized a tutoring and mentoring program at a K-8 charter school in Trenton, NJ.
Alex brought what she learned at Solebury School to Yale, where she is majoring in political science and fulfilling a concentration in gender studies. “I was able to pilot my Teach2Serve capstone project at a local magnet school in New Haven for a semester,” she told us. “My fellow mentors and I worked every other week with 14 7th and 8th grade girls on healthy relationships, study skills, community service and budgeting. We had so much fun together!”
At Yale, she’s a member of socially minded clubs such as Circle of Women and Net Impact. And she has kept very busy during her summers. In 2016, she worked for the Bahasa Ingerris 1Malaysia program with SOLS 24/7. “I taught and helped with operations in general. (Have you ever made 100 chocolate chip cookies in tropical heat without A/C, a hand mixer and a functioning oven? I wouldn't recommend it.)”
During the summer of 2017, she interned with The Bronx Defenders, working in their Civil Action department. “I will contribute to their holistic defense approach to intervene in the cycle of imprisonment and poverty,” she told us this spring.
“My current plan is to work in a social enterprise or for a consulting firm for a few years after college then attend law school. Ideally, I will continue to work for empowerment and prevention programs for domestic violence survivors (like I did with A Woman's Place during Solebury School’s senior project!) in a legal role."