“I knew that participating in ACE alongside other student-athletes this summer would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The experiences and relationships I will create and build this summer will impact the rest of my time as a Stanford student-athlete and beyond.”
Emily Schultz’s past experience with service includes several summers spent volunteering at her hometown’s local hospital. She also led freshmen mentor groups at her high school and softball camps in the community.
Emily is a sophomore on the Stanford Softball team from Aurora, Illinois. After her first year at Stanford and a childhood spent at softball tournaments, Emily had never had an opportunity to travel outside the country. With her experience volunteering in her hometown, both in medical care and in athletics, she wanted to find a service opportunity that would take her somewhere new. As an intended Human Biology major and Spanish minor, Emily spent this past summer in Peru, developing environmental sustainability projects for 3 weeks. Her future aspirations of becoming a physician are supported by her drive to support local communities and give back however she can.
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Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: Your teammates are your greatest resource, honestly! Go to them when you start to gain interest in applying, ask about their application processes, why they chose that program, what they would do differently next time. First hand experience is so valuable!
- Best advice for getting started at your program: Spend the beginning days of your trip getting to know your ACE teammates and learning about who they are as people and their sports. Yet also, spend time getting to know the culture and town you are surrounded by! This is so vital to get all that you can out of your experience.
- Tips for getting to know your community: If there is a language barrier, make sure to learn some basic conversation and greetings before you leave. Nothing is more helpful in connecting with the locals and learning more about their culture than taking the time to learn their native language.
- Tips for training: Take the first few days to understand your schedule while you will be there, and from there, plan the best times for you to train. It may be different from when you could train at home, so be flexible and open to that.
- Tips for bringing ACE back to your team: As a freshman who applied, I found advice from older teammates to be the most helpful. I would definitely try to reach out to the incoming freshmen about their interests in applying to ACE!
- Reasons for staying involved in ACE: The ACE program provided me with a truly once in a lifetime experience that has opened my eyes to the world of service. If I can help provide that opportunity to another student, I can only imagine the amazing things they will go on to do because of their experience with ACE.