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This year marks five years of ACE programming. We’re celebrating by looking back at our first year programs, reflecting with our first year participants on what ACE has meant to them, and learning what our ACE alums are up to now.

This week we interviewed Class of 2016 Stanford graduate, Women’s Gymnastics team member and ACE in China ’16 alum, Jenna Frowein. She shares how ACE taught her how to be more intentional and stay connected with other ACE athletes!

What are you doing now?

I am currently working as an architectural designer at Hart Howerton based out of San Francisco, and living in Lake Tahoe.

How you have kept in contact with your program site (program partners) or other members of your Duke-Stanford ACE team?

It’s been wonderful to stay connected with ACE team members! Our inaugural ACE in China group had a zoom call earlier this summer, I recently got to hike to Paradise Lake in Tahoe with Anna Quinn (ACE in China ’16, Duke Women’s Swimming and Diving), and over New Years I spent some time snowboarding in Colorado with Colt (ACE in China ’16, Duke Men’s Track and Field)!

group of people posing after working in fieldShare a specific lesson you learned from your ACE experience that still holds true today.

My ACE experience really showed me how important it is to have intentional interactions and conversations.

Describe your ACE experience in as few words as possible.


What’s one thing you want people to know about ACE?

It’s so important to learn about and take steps towards making a difference both on campus and across borders.

What’s your hope for the ACE program and advice for future participants as we look ahead to the next five years?

That students should approach the experience as an incredible learning opportunity, but also with the mindset of trying to do the most good within the limited time span of the program.