Leah is the daughter of Jim and Claire Pappas of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and a Schreyer Scholar, she is graduating with degrees in Linguistics, through the Bachelor of Philosophy program, and French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Spanish. Leah studied abroad in Montpellier, France, while completing an internship as a teaching assistant at a French elementary school. She also served as a French tutor for the Penn State Learning Center. She has worked in linguistics labs on campus for six semesters in the past four years, and through this work, she became the recipient of an NSF-PIRE fellowship to do research in Berlin, Germany. After graduation, she plans to teach English abroad before beginning graduate studies.