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The first time I heard of Microcampus was when an 8th grader in my Spanish class disappeared for a month. When I was in 7th grade, I never really knew Microcampus in depth, neither was I interested. The concept of leaving the comforts of home for an entire month to a rural village was difficult for me to fathom. But as 8th grade came, I realized it was a something that looks good on an application, especially since I was starting my high school application process.

debbie01pd2021's picture

I first discovered Microcampus from flipping through the pages of my sister's yearbook. I started reading the description and was very confused. What do they mean by "the bubble", and why are they skipping school for a month to go to a village in Yunnan? My thoughts about Microcampus vanished during my sixth and seventh grade years, but I occasionally heard information about it from my classmates' older siblings.

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Today was our last full day of Microcampus. We spent most of the day doing a final wrap up things, such as checking through our inquiry projects and saying goodbyes. Mia and I visited (and bought some rose buns) from Ms. He, and I was really sad to say goodbye to her. We also said goodbye to Mr. Yang, but he was not there so we asked his wife to pass on the message. Afterward, we went with Audrey to drink and chat with Mr. Huang, the owner of a tea shop.

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When the day finally arrived, I was nervous for multiple reasons. We were not sure if Mr. Yang would be able to come, because according to his family members he was not feeling too great. We later learned that he was battling a very serious disease and has low blood pressure. In the morning, my service learning group and I went to Mr. Yang's house to give him a gift, a box of tea.

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In December 2014, Charlotte K and the rest of the Ignite group came back from their trip to Microcampus. As Charlotte's little brother, I was treated to a firsthand account about all the good parts and bad parts about her trip. Fixated on the bad parts, I could only think of Microcampus as this scary trip that only the hardcore, disciplined people would really go to. I was worried about not being able to work well with others, about missing out on my social life in Shanghai.

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When someone like me saw an opportunity like Microcampus, I overlooked it. I had a couple of friends who attended the Winter Microcampus Trip as the Revival group (i.e Jerry X., Kevin G.) and they said that I should go. I, however, could not decide. Originally, I was planning on not going to Microcampus. There are several reasons for why I had this choice, the main one being I did not want to get out of my comfort zone.

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Today is the last full day of Microcampus and it is definitely something that I am going to remember. Today was mainly spent wrapping things up. Firstly, I went over all of my projects to make sure that they were completed and approved. Then I started to do these things called Buddy Checks. The point of Buddy Checks is to make sure that the others in the group are also caught up in the process. After having all of my tasks completed, I started to get ready to eat out with my Service Learning partner, Mr.

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Before the arrival in Xizhou, I had come to Microcampus simply because my sister had told me that it was "incredible". I did not realize the extent of just how incredible it is. Microcampus taught me things that I would have never learnt in school, showing me how to explore, take risks, self-discipline. If not for all three of those categories, there would be no Service Learning project or Inquiry Project to upload. 

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Much like my sister, I will also be celebrating my brithday during the Microcampus trip. What's more is, both of our birthdays coincidentally landed within the last two days of Microcampus! After spending a month with every person in the Tactical Microcampus group, I am absolutely excited to be spending my birthday with them tomorrow. It will also be a perfect ending, as I can spend the afternoon with my friends and family back in Shanghai as well.

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It was incredible to have the chance and share our Service Learning video with Mr. Yang. On the way here, we learnt even more about him, and heard that he had lived through three deadly diseases. As a child, there was no medicine for his conditions, so it is almost unbelievable how strong he must have had to be at that time. When you think about it, he was not only going through his personal issues of health, but the cultural revolution was occuring at the same time. 

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As the final full day in Xizhou, we were all busy with packing and saying our goodbyes. Microcampus has been a unique experience for all of us. And we are all not ready to say goodbye to this wonderful village. Today's work included final reflections, reviewing Inquiry Projects and Service Learnings, packing bags, and cleaning the area we have been using for a month. This afternoon, Jason and I are planning to have dinner with Mr. Yang at the Golden Flower restaurant as a celebration and a goodbye. Mia, Debbie, and I really wish to visit Mr.
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As we brought Mr. Yang into Yangzhuoran, he was excited to see the other Mr. Yang (a Service Learning partner from the other group) being welcomed in. He told us that he recognized him, and his family used to be landlords. As we brought him into Classroom 1 for the showing, he sat by the door since he is uncomfortable with large crowds and tight humid areas. He sat by Mr. Yang and they discussed architecture, tea, and life around Xizhou.
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After receiving the pearls of wisdom from Mr. T, Jason and I spent the rest of the day editing our Service Learning video. The main issue with our video were subtitles and photos. On Jason's laptop, where we edited the video, subtitles were disappearing here and there, which made us pretty frustrated. The other difficulty with subtitles was that it was difficult for us to understand our Service Learning partner. Jason and I had trouble interpreting Mr.

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After the completion of our Service Learning video, it was time for it to be shown to our audience as well as our partner: Yang Ye Ye. Luckily he was in good shape when we asked him if he would come. This is because when Mr. Yang's children are with him, it typically means that he is suffering health issues (Cerebral Insufficiency), and his children were with him.

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The day proceeded with Service Learning video editing, which, to our surprise, took a long time. Deciding which scene, which detail to include required a lot of thought. The five of us were very grateful for Ms. Mai's treat today: getting pizza from Old Town Snacks. After a long day of working and editing, we were treated to cheesy pizza and icy lemonade. The dinner tables were filled with energy, joy, and puns. Which was no surprise since most meals with Mr.

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It was a big day today! We had our "pearls of wisdom" for our Service Learning project from Mr. T. at 10am, meaning that we had to complete the draft of our video by that time. After the pearls of wisdom, our group ended up having to make a whole new video, as my iMovie crashed and we had been editing on my laptop. We switched to Debbie's laptop, and rushed to have a new video done by 2:30pm, for our check in with Ms. Song.

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Today was quite interesting. We finished pretty much the whole video yesterday, but the subtitles kept on erasing. We ended up redoing our whole video, transferring everything from Mia's computer to mine. We were under a lot of stress and pressure because we had to redo the video in less than an hour, while it took us 4+ hours to complete it. Everybody was cranky and feeling pretty bad, but we still pulled through in the end. We got our feedback from Ms.

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As the third week of Microcampus comes to an end, we all rush to complete our Inquiry Project and begin our Service Learning. It was a stressful day, all of us with our noses in our laptops. In the morning, we had to meet with Mr. T for the pearls of wisdom on our final product. The goal of this was to get feedback on our inquiry video. I ended up with an abundant amount of feedback for my video since my product lacked personal journey.

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Today was one of the busiest days that I have ever had at Microcampus. This day was spent working on Service Learning, and tons of effort went into it. Firstly, when I woke up in the morning, I had a couple of hours to work on my Service Learning with Audrey before our first "Pearls of Wisdom" session. Unfortunately, the first session did not go incredibly well.

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