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Courtesy: Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program
2017 ACE Class Checks in From Abroad
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/28/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Each week this summer, we've shared reflections from the Duke and Stanford student-athletes who participated in the 2017 ACE program. This week, we wrap up with final posts from ACE in China and ACE in India.


"How Was India?"
Judd Howard, Duke Men's Swimming and Diving — ACE in India

"One week since my return to the U.S. and I still am not sure how best to describe or sum up my three weeks in Delhi, India. It would be difficult for me to explain the profound impression that this experience had on me, or compare it to anything else that I have ever done."   More

"A Lesson in Intangibles"
By MacKenzie Kerr, Duke Women's Track and Field — ACE in India

"I found it amusing, as I stared at the screen in the headrest in front of my plane seat, that traveling half way around the world could be reduced to a small digital plane moving across pixilated countries in a 3D display of the world."     More

By Celia Macrae, Duke Women's Rowing — ACE in India

"Since arriving back to the US about a week ago, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my experience in India and the cultural insight that I gained while I was there. Every day of the trip was a learning opportunity, whether I was in school teaching the children or sight-seeing on the weekend. One of the highlights of the trip for me was the day that we were given a lesson about India’s history and diversity."    More

"If Love is our Aim, Then it is Found when Service is our Target"
By Jaida Lemmons, Duke Women's Track and Field — ACE in India

"As our last day at the Vidya School came to a close, I distinctly remember fighting back tears. As we drove away, I tried to clear my head, but each moment of each day replayed in my mind over and over again – each English lesson I taught, each laughter-riddled Hindi lesson I stumbled through in the school yard, each round of Kubaddi or Kho Kho or Cricket we played."   More

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