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2017 ACE Class Checks in From Abroad
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/11/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Each week this summer, student-athletes from Duke and Stanford are sharing reflections from their experiences with the ACE program. This week, the Duke and Stanford participants in India partnered up to write their second week of blog posts, and the participants in China began writing their final posts.


"Happy Rahki!"
By Celia Macrae, Duke Women’s Rowing, and Carly Weber-Levine, Stanford Women’s Fencing — ACE in India

"There is an aspect to experiencing something new that helps foster the friendships between the Stanford and Duke students. One of the beautiful aspects of being in this program is that even though we all come from different backgrounds and will take away different lessons from our time in India, we have bonded through our experiences and have created friendships that will last far beyond our time in India."   More

"A Silent Bond"
By Jaida Lemmons, Duke Women's Track and Field and Mackenzie Wiley, Stanford Women's Water Polo  — ACE in India

"We have reached the end of week two, and it is a holiday weekend! We celebrated at school with the little children and they told us all about the festival Raksha Bandan, which means bond of protection. Rahki, as it is called by most people, celebrates the love and sense of duty between brothers and sisters."     More

"At Our Core"
By MacKenzie Kerr, Duke Women's Track and Field, and Taylor Kirkpatrick, Stanford Women's Sailing — ACE in India

"On Thursday afternoon, with the guidance of Mono Singh, our ACE group visited three different religious sites in Delhi. We visited a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque and a Sikh Temple, representative of the three most predominant religions in India. At each religious location we were learned about the history of these three dominant faiths and specifically how they coexist and intermingle with one another within the borders of India."    More

By Verity Abel, Duke Women's Swimming and Diving, and Rodney Herenton, Stanford Men's Basketball — ACE in India

"1. How does Vidya School compare to your expectations prior to the trip?

Verity: Vidya School is an amazing place that has exceeded my expectations in a number of ways. I could tell from the moment I got to the school that the students love being there and have a passion and appreciation for learning."   More

"8016 Miles from Home"
By Judd Howard, Duke Men's Swimming & Diving, and Kristina Inouye, Stanford Women's Softball — ACE in India

"In a place like New Delhi, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the differences between home and away. Personally, I (Kristina) felt very wrapped up in the culture shock of food, clothes, manners, and especially language.  Feeling out of place, at first, was an experience of solitude I’ve never had to work through before, seeing as I’ve lived in California my entire life and haven’t branched out very far."    More

"Closing Time"
By Abby Artmann, Duke Women's Rowing — ACE in China

"I am now sitting down at my kitchen table after the long trek back from Shangri-La. My time spent with the ACE program and my wonderful team gave me memories that will last me a lifetime. And it was because of this ACE in China team that I decided to write my final blog post on my team and how our collaboration and teamwork made the experience even more beautiful for us and, I believe, more meaningful and fun for the kids."   More

"The Fourth Friend"
By Lyneé Belton, Duke Women's Basketball — ACE in China

"I'm writing my final blog on my final flight of this trip. Being on this flight I have so many emotions right now. I am happy to see my family and friends when I land, I am sad to be leaving so many great people that I have met on this trip that I can now call my friends. Another emotion is that I am confused. I am confused because I want to know what my next step is."   More

"A Continued Tradition"
By Brandon Leynaud, Duke Men's Wrestling — ACE in China

"Before I even filled out an application or attended an info session for ACE I approached one of my former high school and college teammates, Jake Faust, about his 2016 ACE in India experience. Right from the start, Jake told me that I needed to apply. He then went on about his experience in India and the people he met."    More

"A Fresh Perspective"
By Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke Women's Tennis — ACE in China

"The past week has been a completely bittersweet experience for me. I am truly amazed and sad that my three weeks with the group in China is officially over. Over the course of the last seven days, we have done some truly incredible things, whether it be visiting one of the largest monasteries in the area or circle dancing for an hour after we ate hot pot in Old Town."   More

"Mad Chill Vibes"
By Max St. George, Duke Men's Swimming and Diving — ACE in China

"Life in the U.S. is very fast-paced. It seems that people try to fill each moment of their days with different activities whether it be working out or getting ahead in work. I live my life this way since I am working towards my bachelor’s degree while also being a Division I swimmer where I practice twice a day. I definitely enjoy being busy; however, at times I long for living life at a slower pace where there are no pressing deadlines."    More

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