“ACE is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people with new perspectives, while also doing something good for someone else. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.”
Lelia’s past experiences with service include advising younger student-athletes as an ACTION Mentor as she serves as an underclassmen leader for Duke Women’s Rowing. Alongside her teammates, Lelia has also volunteered at Second Chance, a non-profit that aids in educating single moms on life-skills such as interviewing and resume building. Finally, Lelia has taken two service-learning courses during her time at Duke so far.
Lelia is now a senior on the Women’s Rowing team. She is from Connecticut, and had little experience outside of the country prior to her ACE experience. As a Neuroscience major and Education minor, working with developing kids piqued her interest. She participates in volunteer work both at home and on campus, which was the major factor drawing her to ACE. Along with contributing to her community, meeting other student-athletes with similar interests from both Duke and Stanford was a great way to expand her experiences. She looks forward to helping other ACE alumni stay impactful in the Durham community.
Want to hear more about Lelia’s ACE experience? Contact Lelia.
Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: Speak with as many ACE alumni as you can. Get all of the different perspectives, from every program and every individual.
- Best advice for applying for ACE: Ask as many questions as you can. Go straight to the athletes if you have questions about the actual experience, or ask Emily to connect you with one. I’m always happy to talk!
- Best advice for getting started at your program: Talk to as many people as you can, and make your relationships a priority. Get planning with your team early!
- Tips for getting to know your community: Spend time with your hosts. They can explain quite a lot about the culture and be very helpful in acclimating to the new environment.
- Tips for training: The altitude is difficult on your body, so be prepared for shorter training intervals and body weight work.
- Tips for bringing ACE back to your team: Making ACE and your own ACE experiences known isn’t hard—you might be surprised how hard it is to stop talking about it! Make sure you explain the application process while bragging about your awesome summer.
- Reasons for staying involved in ACE: ACE is a cool program with really great people interested in helping student-athletes like me have experiences we otherwise couldn’t, and that’s awesome.