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Catherine W.'s picture

For the past twenty eight days I made plenty of mistakes, but the important thing is that I learn from those mistakes. I am very glad that I had the chance to learn and grow. This opportunity gave me a chance to see myself and get out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t go to microcampus, I don’t think I would have ever saw the true me. The reason why I came to microcampus is very complicated, but it is also very simple. In one word, my reason is “try”. In a sentence my reason is, “to try something new for the first time”.

Jacob E.'s picture

I came to Microcampus because I wanted to learn something that I would not learn in shanghai. Experiance something that would not be possible in side the bubble. BE preresented with challenges that could only be solved by me and me alone. And they would be solved because I was able to interact with the enviorment around me and accoplish these goals. I came to Microcampus because I knew it was something that I had to take on as a challenge and I feel like I passed the test.

Jacob E.'s picture

Packing. Today we pack our bags because tommorw after breakfest there we will be on a bus to Kunnming and than a plane to Shanghai. And XiZhou will be gone. At least for awhile. I plan to come back to XiZhou sometime with my family. Some reasons why I think doing this is a good idea is my family like to bike and It would be really nice to bike here. Some I am sad to leave XiZhou but I know I will come back.  I walked in the bean fields after dinner. It was silghly misty but beatufil.

Abby P.'s picture

I came to Xizhou to explore. I came to break free of my little world of Shanghai, and to live somewhere entirely different. I came here to learn, to meet new people, to become closer with ones I already knew. I came because I am sick and tired of fearing that I live in a little bubble. I came because I don't care if I'll be swept away, one tiny speck overwhelmed with the waves made by every action she takes, I needed to feel it. Did I succeed? I'm not entirely sure, but after all of this, I've had the experience of a lifetime, and it's one that I won't ever want to take back.

Amy K.'s picture

After the long usual day we were ready to head back to our rooms and get ready to sleep. But then Mr.T and Ms.Mai had prepared a cake for Benji without any of us knowing. As we headed into the kitchen and towards the cake with the candles burning we sang Happy Birthday. After the song finished Benji leaned in and blew out the candles. We took out the candles and Benji started to cut the cake up making sure that everybody gets a piece of chocolate cake. It was DELICIOUS! Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENJI!

Jacob E.'s picture

Today is Wednesday we are 2 days away from leaving. It is almost scary to think about it. Today we are wraping up any loose ends and finish our projects. Tommorw we pack. And Friday we fly. Not much happened today. Although I did make the Video shout out so please check it out. I had a one of my favorite dinners of noodles with meat and veggies. Nothing too intresting happened later on tonight. 

Abby P.'s picture

It's our last full day of Microcampus, and it's time to say goodbye. Goodbye Shane and Bryce, gamers, musicians, and friends to the highest degree. Goodbye YangZhuo Ran, my home of 27 days, my warmth, my shelter, my den. Goodbye to the staff of YangZhuo Ran, who so graciously put up with all our shit, and always smiled back, even if I didn't learn your names. Goodbye SifangJie, with your friendly shopkeepers and thick smell of smoke. Goodbye Linden Centre, which I only visited thrice, your beautiful terrace, your peaceful garden, your battered punching bag, your cozy library.

Abby P.'s picture

Breathe. Sometimes your room is suffocating, or you feel like a bird with shackles 'round it's talons. Sometimes even throwing pebbles into ponds does nothing to ease the knots in your gut. Sometimes you feel like a land mine, ready to detonate at the slightest touch. 

Abby P.'s picture

I feel Xizhou in dust and dirt. The crumbling walls of alleyways, plaster and whitewash worn away to expose packed dirt that leaves dust on my fingertips. The dark rich soil of the fields, springy under footsteps. Dust blown up from bicycles, trolleys and footsteps, clinging to the square. 

Kevin T.'s picture

Why did I come to Microcampus? I originally thought it would be a test to see if I could survive boarding school and also a great experience. Now, I know that I got much more out of this trip. I have picked up valuable life skills that wlll help me for the rest of my life. I have also learned a lot more about myself and other people too. I understand that a test to see if I survive boarding school was a broad idea. I realize now that means I have to learn self control, planning my schedule, and taking care of myself. I have become more self-reliant.

Thomas C.'s picture

Today was a peaceful day where we had to live without electricity. The power was down until around afternoon, and I spent most of my time eating really unhealthy Chinese cup noodles and meditating on a seat. A lot of the boys spent their time lying on the same bed having a slumber party. I was so bored today, because I was not able to use my mac and phone. The most fun thing that happened today was when I went to play basketball with K2, KC, MC, VC. They taught me how to play basketball, because I had no idea how to play.

Thomas C.'s picture

I will make this journal pretty short. Today was another normal Microcampus Day, however from today, there was no SAS Essentials from now on. The weather is getting colder really fast as the day goes buy. I also bought a stocking hat (beanie) to not lose any heat on the head. I just chilled the whole day and really did not do anything special. I might as well just copy yesterday's journal to today's journal.

Thomas C.'s picture

Today seems to be the last normal Microcampus Day I am going to have. I spent literally all my WIPPIT time doing only Inquiry Project, because I had really big issues with recording my voice on to the video. I woke up at 7:30, and I do not know why I can not wake up earlier. I had to hurry again to eat breakfast and I was late again. I think today was one of the most rewarding and greatest day ever in the Microcampus. I ended and wrapped up Inquiry Project and after I turned in my final product, I felt the adrenaline rush in my veins.

Thomas C.'s picture

Today is another normal Microcampus Day. However, I woke up right at 7:28 and I think I was late for breakfast. I think it is because as the trip comes to an end, I start to lose my focus and slack off. I am still not getting used to the fact that our service learning and SAS Essentials are gone. Now I have to do Inquiry Project in the morning. I was able to finish the Imovie (the final product) and reflection during today, and I only needed to record so I did not have to rush things. The most interesting thing that happened today was that I bought a Russian or Russian looking hat.

Kevin T.'s picture

Microcampus has been a lot of fun and a great experience for me. I have adjusted to a daily routine that I enjoy, and I do not want to leave. I do not think I will ever forget some of the things I experienced while on Microcampus, like camping at Lake Erhai and hiking on a mountain. Today, we packed our luggages and said our goodbyes to the shopkeepers in Sifang Jie. Maybe I can come back some other time, but for now today is the last day I will visit Sifang Jie or the market. Why does Microcampus have to be so short?

Thomas C.'s picture

Today was not a normal Microcampus Day. I think this is the first time I said this. Today is the last full Microcampus Day in Xizhou and I feel so sad. I am supposed to wrap up all my work and pack up my bags to be ready to go back to Shanghai. I had such a great time at Xizhou and I feel so sad that I have to leave this place. I spent a lot of my time catching up on my journals, because lately it seems that I have been too lazy to write them. I also spent time to say good bye to the villagers. They ask us if we are going to come back and I told them we will.

Catherine W.'s picture

This morning we spent our entire time finishing things up with Inquiry Projects and Wellness reflections. Things are starting to rap up. A little sad... but I sort of miss home. I guess I am excited for winter break, since I am going to Japan. I will miss every one in this city, every plant, every thing. Xizhou, you will always be the place I love the most.

Vanessa L.'s picture

I signed up for Microcampus to expand my abilities and to get out of my own tiny bubble of Shanghai American School. My expectation was pitch black until the day I stepped off the bus. Xizhou is the side of China I’ve never seen before, the fresh clean air and the hospitalized villagers. Not selfish nor impatient but hospitalized. After 28 days, I have changed in so many ways that it would take me a century to list them all. Part of me still clings on to this Microcampus experience, unwilling to leave Xizhou, my home. The other half is ready for a winter break, back in Japan.

Benjamin H.'s picture

Today was a pretty relaxing day, I guess. Off the bat, T told us that the Jammies were canceled. Before lunch, we finished our final Wellness reflection. For lunch today, Vanessa and I ate noodles and fried rice at Old Town Snacks and bought papaya jelly with syrup from the noodle stall. Afterwards, we walked to the erkuai place in the Muslim Quarter for some wonderful snacks.

Nicole C.'s picture

This month-long journey has helped me to realize why I truly came on microcampus. I did not only come to travel and learn to become independent like I first thought, I came to learn new things about myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone or also known as "bubble". This trip has really helped me to experience letting go and allowing new people to accept me for who I am, not who they want me to be. However, I do still feel that I came for some of the reasons that I thought of when I first signed up to be a part of this journey.

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