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Courtesy: Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program
2018 ACE Class Checks In From Abroad
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/15/2018
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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. Check out the latest program blogs from the Blue Devils abroad.


A Little Goes a Long Way
By Nathaniel Hernandez, Duke Men’s Swimming & Diving - #ACEinIndia

Our first week in India has been nothing short of incredible. From bargaining at the local markets to traveling to work, each interaction with the locals has made me realize how the simplest of conversations here can require great effort due to language and cultural barriers. The immense intricacies that compose small talk and the unspoken social rules that govern our lives seem arbitrary now that I’m in a place that does things a little differently, and I’m learning that that’s okay. More

Progressive or Traditional: Can Both Exist Simultaneously?
By India Lowe, Duke Women’s Track & Field - #ACEinIndia

In the US, you might expect the school to focus on math and science, but the D.A.V. school emphasized to the children that they should pursue any area they are passionate about. I saw the pride the students held in being able to present what they had researched and created. I met many girls who said that they wanted to become engineers and doctors, which was amazing because the Indian woman’s traditional role has been to be in the house. More

When Two Worlds Collide
By Kate Kutzer, Duke Women’s Track & Field - #ACEinIndia

The people of India hold the power to pick and choose which aspects of other cultures they want to take in as their own while honoring their existing background and beliefs. It has been really fun over the past week and a half to experience this dynamic and complex culture first hand, and I cannot wait for what the next few weeks hold. More

Good Morning Ma’am
By Maddie Hess, Duke Women’s Swimming & Diving - #ACEinIndia

It took 16 hours in total to arrive in India. I had never been so far away from home.

But my reasons for wanting to travel to India are no different than the reasons I desire to go to most places: to experience something different, to open my mind, to see reality in person and to grow as a person. And India is certainly the place to do this. More

Highlights from Week One in India
By Kylie Jordan, Duke Women’s Swimming & Diving - #ACEinIndia

This first week and a half has been full of excitement and foreign experiences. All of the new sights, sounds, and feelings are at some points overwhelming but certainly are contributing to creating a unique and immersive experience. Every day brings another chance to adapt, learn, and empathize. More


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