Author: Leah Clapper

Shine Creative

Shine Creative

New project alert – I designed a gymnastics board game with my club coach, Claudia Kretschmer, and we are just beginning to build an online direct-to-consumer business! Our mission is to create experiences that ignite the athlete spirit, and we hope to help young gymnasts 

Brand Collaborations

Brand Collaborations

New name, image, and likeness laws now allow student-athletes to capitalize on their personal brands, and I have partnered with several companies that share my values. Connect on social media Follower Count:  Instagram: 6K (18% engagement) TikTok: 30K I truly enjoy creating content for brands 

Nike Internship

Nike Internship

During summer 2021, I had the incredible opportunity to work with Nike as an intern on the Global EKIN Education & Experience team. In short, I helped set the global strategy for training and development of store associates.   The internship was virtual due to 

Data Visualization

Data Visualization

During my second semester as a combined degree student, I took data visualization as a graduate elective. I enjoyed studying data visualization best practices and applying them to course projects and beyond. I also gained experience using the Tableau platform to analyze data and make 

2021 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

2021 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

I am so honored to have been named the 2021 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year! I couldn’t have done it without my coaches, teachers, family, and other supporters. I am so grateful they have helped me unleash my intelligence, athletic abilities, and determination into the 

Zest & Progress Podcast

Zest & Progress Podcast

I launched my own gymnastics podcast, Zest and Progress! On the pod, you’ll find, fun, unfiltered motivation through refreshing conversations from special guests. My goal as host is to uncover athletes’ stories of resilience, energy, and self-confidence. I hope to empower listeners to create positive 

Visual Storytelling – Flipping Through a Pandemic

Visual Storytelling – Flipping Through a Pandemic

I pieced together this video story to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on the University of Florida gymnastics team. It highlights our team’s journey and shows how the pandemic impacted our training and team mindset. This video was my final project for the course Visual 

Gators Gymnastics Legacy Video

Gators Gymnastics Legacy Video

My teammates and I have worked very hard to achieve excellence through the COVID-19 pandemic, and I created this short video to highlight our team mindset. I shot the videos during a typical practice, wrote the script, and collected voice memos from each of my 

Dick Mondell’s Collaboration

Dick Mondell’s Collaboration

Fall 2020 Dick Mondell’s is a unique burger and fries joint in Gainesville, Florida, known for their wit and bold colors.   The brand was the first client my classmates and I worked with in the course Great Ideas in Marketplace Communications (UF – Fall 

Beamopoly

Beamopoly

My gymnastics coach offered me a project… to recreate the board game Monopoly and adapt it to gymnastics. The result: Beamopoly! I used Adobe illustrator to design the board, and I based it largely off the original Monopoly game. However, all of the spaces have 

Digital Art

Digital Art

Amidst the COVID19 pandemic in 2020, I kept busy with a new hobby: creating digital artwork. I downloaded Adobe Fresco on my iPad and instantly started playing around. I learned a lot of new techniques, and with a little practice, each piece got better and 

Lessons with Leah

Lessons with Leah

During the COVID19 pandemic, I had the chance to star in a few cooking videos for the Gators gymnastics social media channels. From the comfort of my own home, I demonstrated how to make some of my favorite creations, and Florida Gators gymnastics put the 

Advertising Research

Advertising Research

Spring 2020 The course Digital Insights thoroughly expanded my experience with marketing and advertising research, and it challenged me to apply my knowledge through real-world case studies. The class was full of lectures, quizzes, and exams, but the skills I learned all culminated in a 

aha Pure Foods

aha Pure Foods

I first started working with aha Pure Foods in July 2019 as a marketing intern. I spent time creating content, familiarized myself with the brand, and learned a ton about the works of a start-up company. With this, I connected with customers through weekly samplings 

Professional Communication

Professional Communication

Spring 2020 I took Professional Communication to satisfy the final English requirements for my undergrad, but the course offered so much more than just the credits I needed. Throughout the semester, I was introduced to the field of technical communication and explored humanistic tilted approaches 

Advertising Strategy

Advertising Strategy

Fall 2019 During the first full semester of my sophomore year, I took the course Advertising Strategy. Through multiple case studies, in-depth class discussions, and a semester-long group project, I got a sense of what it’s like to be an advertising account planner. For our 

Principles of Entrepreneurship

Principles of Entrepreneurship

Fall 2019 The course, Principles of Entrepreneurship, was one of the most eye-opening courses I took during my sophomore year. I got a taste of the startup world, what creating your own business actually looks like, and took on an entrepreneurial mindset. The course perfectly 

Travel Reporting

Travel Reporting

While studying abroad in Australia during May 2019, I took a travel reporting course. It was one of my favorite classes I have taken through UF, and I enjoyed documenting my experiences in a fun-to-read yet professional way. I improved on several skills while abroad, 

Lifestyle Blogging

Lifestyle Blogging

Since May 2018, I have been running a lifestyle blog, Zest & Finesse. It focuses mainly on healthy recipes and baking, so I can inspire others to fuel up with delicious and nutritious food alongside me. Although it started as an enjoyable side project, I have made 

Miscellaneous Video Work

Miscellaneous Video Work

I made this short video recapping a weekend trip to Melbourne during my May 2019 study abroad adventure in Australia.   Collaborating with my dad, I compiled this video highlighting my club gymnastics career for use at my senior year gym banquet. Disclosure: not all 

Artwork

Artwork

Making artwork has always been one of my hobbies, so here are a few enjoyable projects I have done over the past few years!   Digital Art Starting in summer 2019, I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator and had fun experimenting with digital art. 

Best Brunches in New South Wales

Best Brunches in New South Wales

Sydney   Offering coffee and a variety of food options, Basket Brothers seems like any other Sydney café at first glance.  However, the freshness and quality of the food, as well as the friendly service, set it apart from the rest.  The coffeehouse, bar, and 

Top-Notch Ambiance

Top-Notch Ambiance

Rustic, aesthetically pleasing, and quite boho, are ways visitors describe The Grounds of Alexandria. With mosaic lanterns gently swaying in the breeze, arches covered in vibrant ferns, a canopy of bulb lights strung between roofs, and overflowing baskets filled with fruit, the sights are spectacular. 

Skydiving: A High-Stakes History

Skydiving: A High-Stakes History

On October 22, 1797 André Jaques Garnerin parachuted 3,000ft out of a hot air balloon for the first time. On June 2, 2019, I jumped out of a plane for the first time. Skydiving’s history dates much further back than the first successful parachuting venture. 

The Art of Natural Healing

The Art of Natural Healing

Fiji is home to a wonderfully dirty, cleansing escape.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Approximately a 30-minute drive from the city of Nadi, there exists two unique mud pools and hot springs.  The surprisingly soothing dugouts are located at the foot of a beautiful mountain formation, 

Beach the Box Way

Beach the Box Way

For tourists and Melbourne residents, the Brighton Bathing Boxes are in a prime location, as the colorful huts on Dendy Street Beach sit less than a 30-minute drive from the central business district.  Perhaps take a quick trip to escape the hustle and bustle of