“The ACE program provides an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in a culture different than my own. I couldn’t pass up on the chance to work with other Duke and Stanford student-athletes to both serve and learn from the community in Shangri-La.”
Josh Romine’s past experience with service includes volunteer work with local elementary schools, serving as an ACTION mentor for freshman student-athletes at Duke, and Boy Scouts. For his Eagle Scout project, Josh designed and built a disc golf course at his high school.
Josh is a junior on the Cross Country and Track teams at Duke. He is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Psychology. ACE in China provided an incredible opportunity for Josh to help serve the community in Shangri-La, while exploring the diverse cultures in China. Josh loves working with kids and also found the environmental protection and conservation work done by CERS to be important and invigorating. Josh is from Denver, Colorado.
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Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: Going to the info sessions and hearing from ACE alumni was really helpful!
- Best advice for getting started at your program: Be really flexible and calm – everything will be alright! Use your fellow ACE teammates to stay upbeat and comfortable.
- Tips for getting to know your community: Be open-minded and do what you can to learn about the community beforehand. Listen closely to facilitators on your trip who have experience with the community.
- Tips for training: My teammate Milo and I woke up early each morning to get a run in the beautiful surrounding mountains and wetlands.
- Tips for bringing ACE back to your team: My experiences in China certainly have led me to be more open-minded, curious, and aware in my interactions with others and in my academic endeavors.
- Reasons for staying involved in ACE: The ACE program has been an incredible experience of learning and growth that I not only want to continue but want to share with other student-athletes.