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Armin's picture

There are a lot of reasons why I came to microcampus, although not all of them are necessarily good reasons. One main reason why I wanted to go on this trip was to get out of the bubble and see the real world. I have been living in China for six years and my family only just went to the great wall last year, so I have not really been to the real China which is what microcampus is. After being here for an entire month I have done so much that I did not expect. We spent so much time in nature observing and becoming aware of things no one in big cities is aware of.

Armin's picture

Unfortuantely I had spent all morning throwing up sick so, it was not exactly a great day. Although while I was just laying there in bed resting I could not help but think of the last month and how it has treated me. I have created tons of friendships within the group and with the elders of Xizhou. I know them all so well and we all get along well. I have learnt to be on my own without anyone nagging at me to do my work or eat healthy. Although Mr.T would give us tons of reminders every now and then just to make sure we stay on track.

Armin's picture

Mr.T has been telling us throughout this trip to make a positive impact on the places we go and the people we see, today I felt like we accomplished that. Why, because today was finally the day where we get all of the service learning partners or elders together at YZR and show them our videos that we have made. My Service learning partner was Mr. Li and at our last meeting he said he was not going to be able to make it today so we went to his restaurant to beg him to go no matter how busy he was.

Armin's picture

After a long month of intense working and researching the very kind and generous Mr.T let us go to Dali Old town for one last chance to go to the Good Panda restaurant. Their burgers are amazing and they have so many different kinds; bacon and cheese, smoked house, chicken and cheese, just cheese, just bacon, you get the point. Although earlier that day we all had to work our butts off trying to get Mr.T approval to our final products.

Nick's picture

Today was the last true day I think of Microcampus. Today started out with me being sick. I was pretty much immobile for the entire morning. As time went on, I felt better and finished up some final work. It was a decent way of ending my Microcampus experience.

Alex's picture

I had been imaging about what Microcampus was going to be like for weeks, even months before I had arrived. Now I have come and experienced things I would have never imagined. We spent more time being in nature, exploring, questioning, pondering, eating, listening, and just being. I came here to meet my dreams and experience my desire to learn more. I wanted view mine and others inside the bubble’s life from outside the bubble.

Alex's picture

Final day here in Xizhou! (tear tear) I am going to miss this place like crazy when I leave. It sort of grows on you. At first it was a new place, exciting yes, but nothing too special and meaningful, yet. After the weeks went by I learned more about Xizhou and the life their is here. And what I discovered is beyond belief. My perception of this place that I have dreaming of for the past few month pre trip was most definitely not the reality. It is even more extraordinary than I pictured it. I desperately wanted to say one last final good bye before we left.

Clara's picture

Its our last full day in Xizhou and we are heading back home to Shanghai. Honestly, it doesn't seem like it has already been four weeks since we arrived. Time has gone too fast since we were enjoying ourselves so much. Today was a day filled with goodbyes and finishing up. We finished off everything that we needed to do today such as Inquiry Projects, Service Learning and our final wellness reflections. We were also able to say goodbye to all the people that had welcomed us here in Xizhou. Packing was another big thing for us.

Clara's picture

The list of reasons why I came to Microcampus would just go on and on. But if I were to choose some big reasons why I came here then I would have about three to five reason. The first reason why I came to Microcampus was for the experience outside of the "bubble". I wanted to experience a life where we didn't always rely of technology and a life where we could interact more with the out doors. A bike ride about Erhai just with friends would never be as good as just a bike ride with friends back in Shanghai.

Jason's picture

I came to Microcampus for a different experience, a different point of view.  I hoped to learn a lot more about Chinese culture and traditions while in a small village setting.  I wanted to know what China was like outside the "bubble" that encompasses us in Shanghai.   Additionally, I also wanted to gain a new point of view on China as a whole.

Jason's picture

Today is our last day here at Xizhou.  We finished up our work at Microcampus and packed up, said our final good byes, and also finished up our inquiry work.  

The highlight of the day was the "Jammies Awards", which were held at 8 PM.  We all packed into the TV room and watched a presentation which had some very goofy and not-so-goofy awards that were being presented.  

Sujin's picture

Why did I come to Microcampus? This reminds me of the journal I wrote "a week and 3 days B4" departure. I applied to join Microcampus for various reasons. First, I wanted to break out of my bubble. Second, I wanted to be more independent. Third, I wanted to see a sky full of stars. Forth, I thought it would be a good experience. Fifth, I don't remember that well, but the list goes on and on. I had countless things I wanted to gain from Microcampus, and I gained that countless things. I got out of my bubble for a month by living in Xizhou. I became more independent.

Sujin's picture

Today is the last full day of Microcampus, and soon we will be having our last night in YZR. Saying goodbye is the hardest part for me, and I think it is the same for many people. I will miss the people, the place, and the sky. I said goodbye to people in Shi Fang Jie, our YZR family, and our service learning partner, Mr. Zhao. Mr. Zhao took Cass and me on a small tour to his house, which is right next to YZR. That was the place where the funeral was held. Mr. Zhao also offered us some tea and fruits at his house.

Ashley's picture

Hey everyone! Today is our last day in Xizhou and I feel kind of sad to be leaving. I know it's kind of weird, but I have mixed feelings because I love Xizhou but I want to go home because I want to see my family and friends. I'm also relieved because we have no more work to do for Microcampus. Today, we mostly did work and said our good byes. At lunch time, Yi Fei, Clara, Sujin, and I went to the Golden Flower Restaurant to say good bye to the owner, Mr. Yang. We signed one of his customer books, where people who eat at the Golden Flower Restaurant leave a comment for Mr.

Mark's picture

Today is when we get back. Again, we have the 6 hour bus ride. After arriving at Kunming Airport, we are to take a Boeing 737 on a 2 hour 55 minute flight to Shanghai. Come to think of it, after so much time has passed, "normal" school seems like a distant memory. 

Now it's time to ask myself, why did I come here? Why did I come all this way? 

Brandon's picture

Today is the last day here in Xizhou. We went around town and said our good byes. I ate dinner at the golden flower where Mr. Yang, the owner, invited only us. We chatted and exchanged phone numbers. We said our good byes to him and hugged him too. All the other people such as Mrs. Dou, Mr. Li and Mr. Yang were not at the square and I was disappointed when I found out they were not there. It was my last day and I have not bid farewell with them yet. When I get a chance, I will definitely come back to Xizhou no matter what it takes. I will miss everyone who made a positive impact on me.

Alex's picture

This is the day that I really felt like, “Wow, we have left a positive impact on Xizhou.” This afternoon my group, Vicky, Brandon, and myself, presented our video we made to our Service Learning elder. Their was some misty eyes in the crowd today. All of the partners that each group had were amazing and inspiring. Mrs. Dou, our partner, was non stop smiling during the movie. She loved how we showed her that even selling tofu for 30 years of your life that their is a lot to say.

Christopher's picture

            Today is the final full day in XiZhou; I really will miss this place. I will mss the sky, so high above everyone, the stars each one individual, like little pinpoints in a vast array. I guess I just really don’t want to go back to Shanghai, back into the bustle of the city, with everyone speeding through everything. If you don’t keep up you’ll fall behind and not be happy, but if you keep up it’s still to fast to enjoy at all.

Christopher's picture

            So today we went to Dali old town for the last time in Microcampus. Now when we went there we usually just go eat dinner and buy some souvenirs. I bought a pocket watch, which doesn’t work anymore, a little trinket and a coin. For dinner I went to certain restaurant and bought a burger, it took forever to make but it was the best burger I have had since I came to China. But before this we went to a certain café called the sweet tooth.

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