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marco01pd2021's picture

Today was a frenzied day of putting our final touches on the Service Learning project. Apologies for continuing to post this for days on end, but the Service Learning has just been so vital to us that we have spent hours every single day making our edits and revisions. These final touches certainly were not minor, as we had three reviews, each of multiple different notes on what to fix. Our presentation of the project is tomorrow at 3 PM - I can hardly wait!

jason01pd2021's picture

Today was an incredibly busy day. Firstly, SAS Essentials has ended, and it has been replaced with Inquiry Project work and Service Learning work. I have finished my Inquiry Project, and if you want to see it, you can click here. Because I finished my Inquiry work, I spent the whole day working on Service Learning, and it is definitely some tough work. After having our conversation with our Service Learning partner, I had to sift through tons of information to find the right bits and pieces.

mia01pd2021's picture

Today Mr. T. and Ms. Mai treated the entire Tactical Microcampus group to pizza in Old House Cafe! Although pizza is not my favorite thing, Mr. T. and Ms. Mai were both kind enough to let me order something completely different off the menu. Obviously, after hearing that I am not particularly fond of the food, many of my peers enjoyed teasing me. Either way, I think that the dinner out was especially nice, as we had all just spent the entire day plugging away on our Service Learning project.

debbie01pd2021's picture

After gathering and sorting through all the footage, we were ready to start putting together all our pieces. Marco and I started working on the subtitles (I did English, he did Chinese). It was actually a lot more challenging than I thought because there were a lot of times where we could not understand a word or phrase. We ended up asking Mr. Zhao for some help, and he was very nice and helped us a lot. In the beginning, we felt like it would take forever, but once we started doing it, we could see the end.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today, I met with Mr. T and showed him my final product for some pearls of wisdom. Mr. T gave me really good feedback, which I wrote down on a sheet of paper. There were some things I had to fix, but overall it was pretty good. In the afternoon, my service learning group and I went to Mr. Yang, our service learning partner's house. He was extremely welcoming and nice, as usual. We finished all our filming and thanked him repeatedly for helping us. He answered all of our questions with ease and made a lot of jokes.

marco01pd2021's picture

We spent a large part of today wrapping up our final project, Service Learning. Yesterday, we stopped filming, made a storyboard and sorted through our hours of footage in the afternoon, choosing which parts to keep in a ~5 minute video. This morning, we started to subtitle the clips that we kept. We ran into multiple problems: we had areas where our partner did not enunciate as much, and struggled with properly sizing the subtitles.

marco01pd2021's picture

Today marked our deadline for our rough draft of the Inquiry Project Final Product, where we had Mr. T look at our videos and give his "Pearls of Wisdom". Today also marked the deadline of our filming and storyboard of our Service Learning Project. Though these deadlines certainly stressed us, we managed to work steadily and balance these projects well. I am very glad that everyone in our Service Learning group can play a part.

marco01pd2021's picture

After failing to find previous contacts for our Service Learning, Mia, Debbie, and I found a wonderful contact in Mr. Yang. As soon as he knew of our project, he invited us back to his house to film. We had a very productive day, with lots of very useful footage. He is a very easy-going person and managed to joke around with us quite a bit - this significantly helped our project. Today was also our final Saturday here, beginning our last week at Xizhou. I will miss this place a lot.

jason01pd2021's picture

Today was an amazing day. Firstly, Marco and I filmed our Daily Video shoutout, and that will be posted up tomorrow. Aside from that, I finished my video for my Final Product phase today and received my "Pearls of Wisdom" from Mr. T. After receiving my feedback, I went out to make sure that I got all the information required for my Service Learning video. Mr. Yang was incredibly kind today, he offered us to sit with him and his daughter to talk.

mia01pd2021's picture

One of the most incredible parts of the Microcampus experience is going through the process of the Service Learning project. This is because when completing your project, each and every one of us is to go outside our comfort zone and talk to elderly locals in the area. My group, which includes Debbie and Marco, had a hard time in the beginning looking for a service learning partner.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Today, Jason and I visited Mr.Yang again, this time with an urgent purpose: Service Learning videos. Today we met him by the ficus tree in front of Chengdong. He invited us to his house again, and let us set up by his fountain. He did not mind the two of us moving stools around the courtyard and walking around with bulky cameras and laptops. Despite our worries with sensitive topics, he was open to answer all questions, and cleverly dodged the ones he felt uncomfortable with.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today, my service learning group and I went out in the afternoon to find Gao 奶奶. We remembered where her house was, so we went up there and knocked on her door. It took a few tries, but she eventually opened up the door. We asked her if we could talk to her, but she politely declined. We all realized that she didn't really want to do it, so we decided to find somebody else. We ran into the owner of the rose buns shop that both Mia and I know very well.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Ever since I have arrived here in Xizhou, I have not had a single sip of tea. This was slightly upsetting for a tea fanatic like me. However, I had the opportunity today to visit Mr. Huang, a tea shop owner. I was introduced to him by my fellow Tactical member, Mia, who she met from her Inquiry Project. After dinner, Mia, Debbie, and I visited his shop because Mia wanted to purchase some 普洱 tea. He was very kind and welcomed the three of us to drink tea.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today, I continued to work on my final product. I put some finishing touches on my script and then did my voiceovers. Doing voiceovers was actually a lot harder than I expected, but I still got through it. Mia, Marco and I went out to Chengdong to do service learning and wellness. We weren't able to see Gao 奶奶, because according to the other family she had to leave to do some errands. After, we started working on wellness.

jason01pd2021's picture

Today was a great day. Firstly, Audrey (the other group member of my SL team) and I went over to Chengdong to meet our Service Learning Partner: Mr. Yang. We had a 30-minute conversation with him, and we also built upon our friendship. He invited us to tea and even offered to treat us to a meal. Mr. Yang is an incredibly kind person, and he is always happy to see us. Every single day we see him, we are invited to his house and given a very friendly welcome. I enjoy his presence and his sense of humor, too.

mia01pd2021's picture

Mr. Huang is one of the people who I connected with in the duration of my Inquiry Project work. He is one of the nicest people who I have met throughout my Microcampus experience, and runs an adorable tea shop. When I had my first conversation with him, he heartily poured me tea, insisting that "we could not have a conversation without tea!".

marco01pd2021's picture

After finishing our Phase 4 on Wednesday, we had only a few more days to make our Final Product for our Inquiry Projects; all of us decided to make this product a video. This is the toughest deadline I will have for my Inquiry Project, though I am quite sure that I will be able to finish in time. This video is not that hard to make, as I already have an outline and multiple photos to use. I look forward to sharing my video with all of you!

jason01pd2021's picture

Last night was an experience that I will not forget. When was the last time that you rode a horse cart? I know for sure that I have never ridden one before, because when do you ever see a horse cart in Shanghai? Not only was the horse cart ride with the rest of the group incredibly fun, but we also went to an annual festival held in Dali called Rao San Ling. To be honest, the festival was kind of bizarre. It was not like any festivals that I have gone too, but it was definitely something unforgettable.

mia01pd2021's picture

As part of the evening activity commitee (along with Audrey), we planned the horse carriage ride that started last night at 7:00. We learnt that yesterday was also the start of a three-day long festival called Rao San Ling, which is celebrated by all of the Bai minority. In turn, we decided to ask the horse carriage driver to take us there, so that we could join in on the festivities. It was incredible, realizing that we were the first of all Microcampus groups to be a part of this experience.

mia01pd2021's picture

After finishing an hour of inquiry work, Debbie, Marco, and I embarked on a trip to Chengdong. Together, we are a Service Learning group, and were trying to find a person to be our partner. We ran into Mrs. Yang, who was amazing and made small talk with us. We showed her one of the videos, and she laughed as she realized she recognized the man in the video. As she agreed to be our Service Learning partner, we took a photo to show to Mr.

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