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Jillian's picture

It's been so long since I've smelled the fresh air of Xizhou....and I miss it. Cookie Monsters Forever!!

For the future D group, first of all, HAVE FUN!!! Microcampus is so short and it flies by like nothing. Seriously. Stuff yourself with Xizhou baba (I won't tell you what it is, but you'll figure it out) and eat as much homemade icecream as possible. Really live life to the fullest and don't sit there on your computer. 

Ying Yang's picture

The thing about Xizhou is something magical. It has a slow lifestyle and the people there want it. So if you want to meet a interviewee again, you got to set up an appointment with them, this is important because some people have a schedule in mind they might wonder of to someplace else when you need them. Also it is always nice to know people in Si Fang Jie, the town square which holds restaurants, trinket and antique stores. Last, please meet Mr. Yang, the owner of the Golden Flower Restaurant he cooks really good food and is very welcoming to others. Good luck with your projects.

Erin's picture

Last night when we arrived back in Shanghai and went to pick up our luggages, I thought back to the time how 28 days ago, we gathered together and headed out. I thought about how 28 days ago everyone was an excited bunch and looked forward to arriving in Xizhou. 28 days ago, we were heading to the small friendly village. 

Natalie's picture

 

Hey all! Today we showcased our service learning movies!! -AFTER HANNAH, LUCAS, and I worked our butts off for 3 hours..:P For some weird reason and case of miscommunication we had some issues finishing the movie. It was a pretty scary 3 hours...BUT WE DID IT YAY ~

Ivy's picture

Day 1 in Xizhou

I was almost late to the airport. Check that. I WAS late to the airport, but not for the plane :). All the raised platform road things were closed, so my dad had to take so many detours and try again. 

Vincent's picture

So Day 28's journal is apparently not a journal, but oh well. As the title says, this is about why I came to Microcampus. To tell the truth, I do not have a definite reason why; after experiencing one month outside of my bubble, all I can say is that the experience was amazing. It kind of started with a "yes, no school for a month", but it also had a "this seems like an interesting experience". After joining the group late, I quickly realized this would not be a month without any school work or any work at all.

Erin's picture

This Microcampus experience has changed me in ways I will never forget. Why did I come? I could make a list of 100 reasons why I came here. Once I heard about this program, I wasn't sure if I should sign up or not. After attending a few more Microcampus info sessions, I became really interested. As Mr. T explained the reasons everyone should join Microcampus, I knew this program was for me.

Lucas's picture

Today was the last day of Microcampus, and I'm really going to miss this place. In the afternoon, Mr. Tafel took a group of students out to go antique hunting, and I managed to buy a 600 year old vase and a traditional CHinese painting, all for only 250 RMB! There is such an abundance of antiques here in Xizhou, antique dealers are able to sell extremely valuable pieces for ridiculously low prices because they just have so much in there inventory. I think it is amazing that I can just walk into a shop and just buy a 600 year old vase without it being a big deal at all.

Lucas's picture

Today marked the final day to work on our service learning videos, and everyone worked furiously to get them done on time for the 3:00 PM showing. Hannah, Natalie and I were in a group together, and our service learning partner was Mr. Yang, a 94 year retired accountant. Sadly, when it was time to go and pick up our service learning partners to show them the movies, only one showed up, Mr. Zhao, the security guard here. Either they weren't home, they had just disappeared, or people couldn't get in contact with them, and in our case, Mr. Yang had a fever and had to stay home.

Jorge's picture

Today we have shared the work that we did with Mr. Zhao Hua, our partner. Unfortunally, he was not present at the sharing due to personal home events. We had a group of Xizhou middle school eight graders, to come in and watch the videos with us. All the Service Learning videos were really great, and I enjoyed watching all of them. Afterwards, all of us  including the local middle school went to the Music room and performed for the eachother, and they sang us a Chinese song which was great to hear them present.

Lucas's picture

Today was our final day to work on inquiry project work, and although it ment spending a lot of time behind a computer screen, it was worth it, and I'm really quite proud of my work. I spent a lot of time just refining and editing, because the meat of all my work was already finished. As I looked over everything I had written, I was able to notice little details that I hadn't before, and make sure that they meshed with the overall feel of the project.

Jorge's picture

At the end of a good, hardworking day, finishing up my inquiry project, I realized how hard I have been working for the passed days. Opening my workspace adding journals, service learning and of course my iquiry project. I have no regrets on this trip and I am glad that I worked as much as I did.

Lucas's picture

Today Colton, Jorge, and I went running out to the fields and artificial ponds down the road from the Linden Center, and we had a lot of fun just messing around. We came across a little stream connecting two ponds that was just a few meters across, and we then had the great idea to start jumping over it. We then spent the next 15 minutes jumping over again and again, and luckily only one of us fell (cough, cough, Jorge).

Jorge's picture

You may be thinking what I am going to be writing about is going to be some great community service or service learning sort of thing. That is not what I am going to write about. Today when jogging around Xihzou and the nearby villages Colton, Lucas, Ying Yang and I found some ponds and started jogging around them. After a few minutes we had this great idea of jumping over this one small ditch around a meter of space and a meter of depth. At first we were not so sure it was going to end well, but then one of us went over and so did the rest.

Jorge's picture

You may be thinking what I am going to be writing about is going to be some great community service or service learning sort of thing. That is not what I am going to write about. Today when jogging around Xihzou and the nearby villages Colton, Lucas, Ying Yang and I found some ponds and started jogging around them. After a few minutes we had this great idea of jumping over this one small ditch around a meter of space and a meter of depth. At first we were not so sure it was going to end well, but then one of us went over and so did the rest.

Colton's picture

I came to Microcampus because of the opportunity to get away from Shanghai for a month. I had been stuck up in Shanghai and I needed a break from the daily routine. When we arrived and Xiao Tang took us home, I knew I had made the right decision.

Hannah's picture

I remember sitting outside the cafetiria, filling in my application for microcampus. I wanted to be apart of the microcampus expirence because I wanted to expirience a new culture and meet new people. I first met Mr. Tafel in the LLH, he was talking about the goals of Microcampus which included expirential learning, personal growth, intercultural understanding, and having a positive impact on the people and places around us. I came to XiZhou because I wanted to expirence my learning. After living and learning here for a month, I have learned much more because of the expirenceing.

Colton's picture

First in the day, we were packing our stuff for the trip home. It was sad, but it had to be done. I have weighed my bag, and I'm one kg under the weight while last time coming here I was 2.5 kg overweight. After packing, we went and bought antiques from the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasty. It was amazing to be holding such old artifacts in our hands. Jorge bought a piece of transcript that no one can read anymore. It is over one thousand years old. We were flipping out on the way home because we were holding vases and figurines that dated back to before U.S.A. was born.

Hannah's picture

Today was filled with goodbyes. Saying goodbye to the sun, the clouds, to the big mountains, goodbye to YangZhouRan, fried rice, wonton soup and XiZhou Baba. Our final farewells to the fields of rice and the wonderful people. I waved goodbye one last time to the people I've met and grown to love. After a hard day of farwellage, the group gathered in the common's room for the Jammy™ awards. Every microcampus group member was given a very unique award, like "fastest eater," "best puns," "best tent mate.." things of the sort.

Vincent's picture

It's the last full day of Microcampus, Day 27. I don't want to go, I feel like I haven't stayed long enough. We started the day off with breakfast and then a Skype call with Mr. Gould while my camera sat in the music room taking 1000+ photos for a time lapse I am making. We had our last meal out in SFJ today during lunch and because I have suddenly gone into a time-lapse craze, I took another 900 or so pictures of Si Fang Jie. I wish I had figured out how to do a non-video time-lapse with my camera earlier so that I could get more time-lapses and probably some better subjects.

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