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barton01px2021's picture

When I first got to know this program, I have no clue about what this is. Now, as a Microcampus veteran and the recipient of a team-high 7 Jammy Awards, this is a letter of advice to my "younger self."

Dear Younger Barton,

barton01px2021's picture

Before we depart from Xizhou, I would like to thank some people for making this experience possible.

First and foremost is my family, my parents, and just any family member. Thank you for always being there and supporting me 24/7. You Thanks to you for following up on my project. 

I would like to thank Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai for making this program possible and making sure we are on the right track at the start and all the mentorship they have given us on our projects and life as a whole. 

laura01px2021's picture

Regretfully today is the final day that we will be staying in Xizhou. As the write this seconds and minutes go by. Seconds and minutes in which I will never be able to get back. Before I came to Microcampus, I thought that I was coming to learn about a topic I chose. I thought that I was coming to step outside of the bubble and to learn about places that are not big cities. I thought that I was coming to focus on one topic. But as this experience is coming to an end and I am realizing that I learned the least about my topic compared to everything else I learned.

nicole01px2021's picture

I came to this trip mostly because I wanted a break from school, to get out of my comfort zone, experience China and to experience what my sister had told me. I did not notice how much responsibilities and freedom we had in this trip. Responsibilities started even before the start of the trip, it started when we have received an email from Mr. Tafel that we have to complete our phase 0. I was amazed because I thought Mircocampus work started during the trip.

nolan01px2021's picture

Why I Came To Microcampus. The reason I came to Microcampus was because I am to spoiled. At home I will sometimes wash my dishes, but not all the time. I have someone to do my laundry, I don't do any of my laundries. Stepping out of my comfort zone in shanghai is rare and uncommon. The idea of spending a month away from my family was worrisome but I realized that also is very beneficial for when I leave for longer periods of time.  Growing up and seeing my older sister going on this trip was inspiring. I spent 4 years wanting to go on Microcampus. I knew from early on I was going.

annie01px2021's picture

Before I came to Xizhou, I wanted to join Microcampus so that I can experience the world outside the "bubble." I wanted to experience less modernized and developed city. I have lived in Shanghai all my life. I thought Xizhou would be calm and quiet and nothing like old towns that are made for tourists. I also expected it to have many old and half broken houses. Obviously, when we arrived, I saw a lot more newly built houses and quite a few tourists.

nolan01px2021's picture

Today is out last day here at Microcamus and I'm sad to say goodbye. I am so glad I went on this fantastic trip with great students and teacher. Mr. T Talked about how this trip wasn't guaranteed to be great and that we would need to make it great. Well, I'm glad to say that we've made this trip amazing. We had a great balance between work and fun at the same time learning new things. I will miss Microcampus and this amazing experiences I have made here.

nicole01px2021's picture

Today is the last full day of Microcampus and I am feeling so sad that we have to leave tomorrow. These 28 days have went so fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned so much as I have written in my day 28 Journal posts. I really want to go out to say goodbye to the villagers but I have to do my check out list which I still need to cleaning my room and packing my bags. I am going to miss this place as it has became so special to me. The good part is that we have the jammy awards later in the day and I am still very excited about who is going to get the award. 

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Watching our partner watch his story was memorable. There were more audience than I expacted and many of the audience was very sad watching the video. I think our movie is very different than the previous ones. I mention this because we had lots of special video clips and props like the letter, the walk, he making Xizhou baba and more. I am not sure if he enjoyed because he was wearing sunglasses, and he left the first. Maybe he left because of his buisness but overall I think we did a really good job of turning our conversations into a movie.

laura01px2021's picture

Today was the final full day at Microcampus. There were some tears shed, some from of which were from me. Today was also the day of the Jammies. Once again this trip, Mr. T did not receive any awards. Today was when we finished all of our wrap up work. Everything that was not done earlier had to be done today. Coming to Microcampus was a truly spectacular decision. I have learned so much and I will take this knowledge with me for the rest of my life. I have gotten to know all of the people in this trip much better and I have made so many bonds with the locals here.

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We shared our service learning video with a large group of people. During the showing instead of sitting in the audience looking at all the flaws of film, we watched the audiences reaction. Before heading up to sit in the chairs front, the wave of anxiety hit and I could feel a tightness in my stomach. Once I sat down up front, my nervousness slowly faded away. The entire audience was looking at the screen not the students sitting beside it. It was about the same as I imagined. While watching, most people had the same expression throughout most of the video.
laura01px2021's picture

Today we had our final check for our service learning project. The story board was due yesterday, and today we had service learning product check-ins three times throughout the day. One at ten am, one at two pm, and one at 5 pm for the final check before the show case. There were many things that needed to be changed and many problems that needed to be fixed. We had all the elements but the way it was ordered caused it to not make much sense.

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As inconceivable as it is, today is the last day of Microcampus. The 28 days, 672 hours, or 40,320 minutes has gone by within the blink of an eye, and it is hard to grasp that we will be boarding a plane back to Shanghai soon. The whole experience in this village seems surreal now, akin to some type of dream; I could never compare my life back in Shanghai to every day here in Xizhou. 

angela03px2021's picture

Day 27 of Microcampus is our last full day that we would spend here in Xizhou, and that somewhat blows my mind. I have not noticed as the past four weeks flew by, and insteaded only comprehended the fleetingness of this trip when it is almost ending. In the afternoon, Annie and I went around the village bidding our farewells and sharing our hugs with the villagers; it was truly an emotional afternoon.

annie01px2021's picture

Today was the day I have been dreading for. It feels surreal that we are leaving tomorrow. This month has gone by faster than I ever thought or expected. I did not comprehend how fast these four weeks have gone by until now. The day has gone by really fast. It is already the afternoon. In the afternoon, I went around the village with Angela to say goodbye to the locals we met. We bid our farewells and hugged the locals. It was a sad day and the gloomy day made it even more emotional.

barton01px2021's picture

I think this was a great experience to give thanks and to express our gratitude to this community. As I said, this is a place I would want to come back to and renew old connections and know new acquaintances. It was awesome to see the smile on her face. Our lives look outlandishly different on the outside, however, we are the same people. We value the same qualities in others, for example, honesty and perserverance. It was great to share our exhilarating experience with close friends.

nolan01px2021's picture

Presenting our service learning video went really well. We had many people show up to watch the videos. I enjoyed watching the audience watch our video because we were able to see all of their faces and their expressions. It was great to see our service learning partner Yang Mei Kong enjoying herself along with the other guests. I'm proud of my video and I'm really glad to be able to share it with everybody else. 

annie01px2021's picture

Today, we worked for a long time on our Service Learning videos. We had 3 checks with Mr. T in the morning, Ms. Song, then a last check by Mr. T. It was very tiring and stressful since our plot did not flow together. We did some heavy editing to make it work out. The improvement of our video was quite unbelieveable. I almost gave up on my project when until we swtiched the plot and it became much better.

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