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Rebecca Smaller

ACE in Vietnam: 2016
Duke University
Tennis (Women's)
London, UK
Political Science
Minor(s) / Certificate(s)
Markets & Management Studies
Rebecca’s Blog Posts from ACE in Vietnam: 2016
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Participating in the ACE Program this summer is worth it to me because I have really started to discover interests that I would love to pursue further by being in an interactive environment. I am interested in impact investment and this program will give me experience on the grassroots level. I want to feel fulfilled helping not only myself but by assisting others.”

As part of the ACE in Vietnam program, Rebecca will be teaching academics, sports, and life skills at a summer camp to middle school youth in underresourced areas of Vietnam, with a focus on mentorship and promoting higher education.

Her past experiences with service include being a leadership advisor to high school children at Durham Academy, and participating in the Duke Law Women’s Leadership Intiative.

Past ACE Ambassador (2016-2018) Profile

ACE participant playing games with children

Dear Future #ACEathletes,

  • Best advice for bringing ACE back to campus: Take the class, “Entrepreneurship in Action”! I took it right when I got back and one of the projects was to choose something you are passionate about that is missing in Durham and create a program to fill that space. It was awesome to be able to apply what I had learned in Vietnam back into the community in Durham.
  • Best advice for bringing ACE back to your team: The way that I most effectively brought back ACE to my team was simply to tell them how amazing of an experience it was. As a result, I was fortunate enough to have persuaded one of my teammates and am continuing to spread the word this year.
  • Best advice for staying in touch: I have everyone on Facebook and Instagram. That way I always know what they are up to and can stay in touch with them if we are ever to be in the same place at once. I have also gone to visit some people in Stanford, and vice versa. It’s been great!
  • Reasons for staying involved: ACE means a lot to me. It was an experience that I jumped on from the get go because it was an opportunity that would never show itself again. To explore another culture with fellow Duke athletes, as well as Stanford athletes was incredible. A memory I will never forget. Thus, I want others to experience it too and to take advantage of this opportunity that we have so luckily been given.
  • Tips for documenting your experience: When I got home, I made a video. I love making videos and I thought it was a great way that I could sum up my trip as best as I could into a short clip. This way, I could easily share it online with friends and family and show everyone my experience!