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Watching others present their Service Learning projects were a reminder of my failure, though it was our fault since we had not managed to get a Service Learning partner. However, watching the videos really helped me understand the work and effort everyone put into their Service Learning project. The experience of learning peoples' lives was amazing and I got to learn about what they endured through as a young child and everything that made them what they are today. As I watched the Service Learning projects, I also watched the Service Learning partners' reactions.

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Today is December 12, Day 25 of our trip. So far everything has been perfect and one of the great things is that I finally managed to finish up my Inquiry Project work. While working on my Inquiry Project, I noticed that the sky is a gradient of blue and there were no white clouds covering up anything. You could see that above you the sky was darker and either towards your left or right the sky slowly starts to get lighter. I really wonder why that is. Today's evening activity was Mr Tafel's ultimate wiz-bam super duper trivia night and guess what? I won!

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Today is December 13th, 2017, and today is the day that my service learning group and I finally finished our service learning video after a long and tough week. We started the day off with a nice and healthy breakfast and then, since our SAS essentials time ended last week, we immediately began with our service learning video. Scene after scene, subtitles after subtitles, our service learning video slowly began to take shape. At 10:00 we went to Mr. Tafel for our first check up. Mr.

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Today is December 12. We started off with service learning in the morning. For the whole day, we worked on our service learning video all day long. When we were done editing for the first time, we went to Mr. Tafel for our first pearls of wisdom. We did all of the pearls that Mr. Tafel told us to do. For dinner, I went out to the Ma La Tang. It was very good, but it is the last time I will be going there. We came back, and we had our evening activity. For evening activity we had Mr. Tafel's All-Star Whiz-Bang Super-Duper Trivia Night.

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Today is December 12th, and we had a big surprise today. Yesterday I heard from some peers that our school counselor Ms. Yo would come to Xizhou for some days. I didn't want to put it in yesterdays journal as I was not completely sure. This morning was very normal until Ms. Yo arrived during our morning meeting! I was very excited to be able to see her. Teachers in the past have come to Microcampus, but never a school counselor. Having her visit as was a great way to a new week.

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There is less than a week left of our trip, it feels a bit bittersweet. This trip has been amazing from the start and I am glad I got out of my comfort zone to see not just rural China, but the see the "real world" that is outside the comforts of our home in the "Shanghai bubble". My favorite memory of the entire trip was the hike, this is because we all made sure that we paid attention to Mr. T's rules so that we were able to go, we also got to use our hiking bags for the first time. Also, in the middle of the hike when everyone was tired we all kept encouraging others to continue on.

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There is less than a week left of our trip, it feels a bit bittersweet. This trip has been amazing from the start and I am glad I got out of my comfort zone to see not just rural China, but the see the "real world" that is outside the comforts of our home in the "Shanghai bubble". My favorite memory of the entire trip was the hike, this is because we all made sure that we paid attention to Mr. T's rules so that we were able to go, we also got to use our hiking bags for the first time. Also, in the middle of the hike when everyone was tired we all kept encouraging others to continue on.

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Today is December 12 and day 25 of Microcampus. Today we have to get all of our service learning videos finished and given the ok by Mr. Tafel. We will also need to have our subtitles corrected by a native Chinese speaking adult. In the morning after breakfast, it was my turn to do the dishes, when I had all plates and utensils washed and dried, I went up to help my group with editing. We had worked until we had to go down to eat lunch. After I was done with the dishes for the last time this trip I went back to help my group do some more work. This is nearly as easy as it sounds.

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Today is Day 23 of our Microcampus trip. It is also our last relaxing day, though today was pretty busy for a day of relaxing. It is the last day of week 3 and I feel as if time is passing so fast and that soon I will be back in Shangai and I will have my family and friends with me. To be honest, I really miss my friends back in Shanghai and I really cannot wait until I catch up with everyone. Today's weather is like any other day, beautiful, and I hope to spend the time to gaze out at the morning/afternoon/night sky.

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Today started off in a bad way. Half of the group, including me, got in trouble because we left our computers in our room. We were told at the beginning of the trip that we aren't allowed to keep computers in our room but we didn't follow the instruction and even lied to cover our mistake.

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Today is December 11, Day 24 of the trip. Today is the first day of our last week in XIzhou. Today's schedule is like any other weekday's, though instead of inquiry project, we now have service learning. Today in the Daily Meeting we had a great surprise. Ms Yolanda and Ms Ling came from Shanghai to visit us. Somehow today I already knew that it would be a great day. As we catch up with friends back in Shanghai. Today for lunch I had beef noodles, and it was amazing and delicious. The weather today in Xizhou is beautiful.

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Our last Sunday here in XIzhou was the day I finally finished my Inquiry Project Final Video. In my video, I talked about the 3 perspectives of people in Xizhou's hobbies. The three people I did were Mr. Zhao, Ms. Zhang, and Mr. Yang Yuan. When we finished our video, we had to show it to Mr. Tafel for our Pearls of Wisdom. 

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Today is December 11. During our daily meeting, Ms. Yolanda and Ms. Ling came up the stairs. They flew all the way from Shanghai to see us. We all saw them and at the end of our meeting, we talked to them. Since it was close to lunchtime we decided which guest would go with which groups. My group had Ms. Ling, who is also my Chinese teacher. We went to a restaurant in Si Fang Jie, and after eating lunch we went over to the tea shop. It was 1:00 which meant we had to come back to Yang Zhou Ren. When we came back to Yang Zhou Ren we worked on our service learning video.

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Today is December 11th, Day 24 of Microcampus. Now, we only have four days left until we are back in Shanghai. Today during our daily meeting, Ms. Yolanda (our middle school counselor) and Ms. Ling (Saleem and Holly's Mandarin teacher) came out to Xizhou and met us. Each of us had a talk with Ms. Yolanda, and when I went out to talk with her, we had pomelo. Even though the pomelo was in a one use container (plastic bag) Ms. Yo said that she would reuse the plastic bag as a shower cap. After that, we started editing our Service Learning video.

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Today is December 11th, 2017, and today is the day that we fully devoted our efforts towards producing a wonderful service learning video. Since our SAS essentials period has stopped this week, we used our normal SAS essentials period in the morning to do extra work with our service learning projects. Then, after our 1 hour 45 minutes worth of service learning time, came our daily meeting for our 24th day at Microcampus. During the daily meeting, Ms. Yo, our middle school counselor, surprised us with a sudden appearance halfway into our meeting.

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I can't even believe that we only have one more week of Microcampus! I was looking back at my earlier journals today and I saw one of my journal post title," First Week of MC!". I am telling myself right now to stay on task and make sure to finish all my work on time in order to make the most of the opportunity.

In the afternoon I worked on my Inquiry Project, and I was as tired as hell as it was the first day of making our final product. I managed to finish the script and the written introduction and wrote a plan for the following few days in order for me to finish it on time. 

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Our morning started off with breakfast, and then followed up by SAS essentials. I was especially happy today because, after today, we are done with all the school work we have to keep up to. For SAS essentials today, we did a list of IXLs and it was very frustrating because I was stuck one for 90 minutes. On the weekends, I have to make sure I finish my American Revolution Essay and book project since I am behind.

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