Day 8: Service Learning!

Today was our first "real" Saturday, we experienced how a normal weekend in Microcampus would go. In Microcampus, the purpose of a weekend is to wind down and to rest after the work that we do during the week. Weekends are almost tailored to our needs, first, we get to sleep in because breakfast starts at 8:15 and ends 9:30, which means that we can wake up at 8:45am and we still have time to eat our breakfast. Which is unlike a normal weekday at Microcampus because, in a normal day, we would have to wake up at 7am or earlier so that we can catch up to breakfast which is at 7:30am. Since we get to wake up later, we become more energized because we have more sleep time. After our breakfast and lunch, we went out to the village and tried to make connections with elders in the village. We chose to do this because of a project called Service Learning, the point of Service Learning is to learn about China's history through a pair of eyes which have seen the event happen and it's effect on the person. This is why we chose to find the elders in Xizhou because the people that we have conversations with must be old enough so that they have the first-hand experience of the event. Today, it was just an introduction of ourselves and learning names, as well as becoming more familiar with our elder partner. I hope that Service Learning will let us see history as it is, instead of the purified version that the Chinese government tells us. 

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My name is Norman and I am 13 years old, I was in Xizhou for 28 days, this experience has taught me many things, I will forever treasure this experience, Microcampus will always have a special place in my heart.