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Last Moments

Published by Aaron Wright, Duke Football
The months leading up to departure were packed with online modules, video chats, and plenty of advice from former participants,…
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No Translation Necessary

Published by Michaela Reinhart, Duke Women's Cross Country and Track & Field
I thought I knew a lot about relationships before traveling to Vietnam. All sorts of relationships, too: friendships, dating relationships,…
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Sit Down, Be Humble

Published by Mitch Finesilver, Duke Men's Wrestling
My time in Vietnam was an experience-for-a-lifetime but not because of one of those cliché responses like “their culture is…
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ACE Student-Athletes with a Class of Campers

Somber Ends and New Beginnings

Published by Johnathan Schwartzman, Duke Men’s Fencing
I have never wanted to miss a flight before, until the return trip from ACE. It is hard to put…
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ACE Coaches After A Cake Fight

Windows

Published by Alan Ko, Duke Men’s Fencing
“Where are you from?” Haley and I asked this age-old question to both our 8th and 9th graders during one…
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Orange Team Bonding

Broken Expectations

Published by Jonathan Schwartzman, Duke Men’s Fencing
When people asked me what I was doing this summer, I would tell them that I was to do a…
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ACE Student-Athletes Shooting Hoops Outside

A Gift Bigger than Words

Published by TC Christensen, Duke Women's Rowing
I love sports, which probably isn't at all surprising. I'm a college athlete and choose to spend hours of each…
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ACE participant playing games with children

Once in a Lifetime

Published by Rebecca Smaller, Duke Women's Tennis
And so there it is. The once in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Vietnam among nine other student-athletes is over. The…
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