Day 24: G for Gratitude

This week is about gratitude, thanking the community. One big part of this is to create a Service Learning project, where we preserve the history and the interesting stories of the elders in the village of Xizhou. As we slowly approach the ending of the Microcampus experience, everyone is more likely to become emotional and collapse. We know that most of us just want all of us to be successful, but most often we take different approaches, and that creates a lot of argument. 

The good thing is, our service learning group began to function really well after several weeks of continuos compromise. As I am the only fluent Chinese speaker in our group who also (somehow) understands mandarin+bai accent, I took care most of the production part. My groupmates helped quite a lot as well during this process, mostly emotional support. The good thing is, Yang Nainai, our Service Learning partner, speaks good mandarin; occasionally, her daughter explains what she said to me as well, so I picked up speed. After becoming awfully tired,I decided to go on a walk. We walked quite a long way circling arund Sifangjie, encountering quite a few tourists interested in foreign faces.

That was quite stress relieving.

Hey I am Clark! Microcampus has been a spectacular experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This experience transformed me and taught me many life lessons. Now that I am in Shanghai, I miss the clear skies, the amazing food, and all the loving memories the Voyagers crew had together. To future Microcampus students: cherish your time in Xizhou and always listen to Mr. T and Ms. Mai, as they are trying to stop a problem before it becomes one.