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Kelly W.'s picture

Today was our last day in the wonderful Xizhou. At one o'clock, my service learning group and I went to say our goodbyes to Mr Yan. He gave us a lot of life advice, telling us to take care and look after ourselves, and that our parents will be so happy when we arrive back home. He enjoyed our final video and said it was the first time in his whole life he was involved in or knew about something like Microcampus. As we said our goodbyes, Mr Yan told us to visit him if we ever came back to Xizhou. I'm hoping I will be able to.

Banner C.'s picture

Today was our last day in Xizhou, I am thankful for every experience I have had here. It is hard to describe Xizhou in way that people understand, you have to come here and experience it for you self. Evan picture do not give it justice. The apposing mountains in the background, the green farmland, the lake that stretches for mile and miles and the people who call this spectacular place home.

Andrew Y.'s picture

I remember the first day of Microcampus. We all went up to the terrace and watched the sun set over the mountains. I thought to myself that day, how would I feel 27 days later. Now it is truly the last day of Micocampus and as we say our goodbyes I will always remember how this small southwestern village in China has changed me. Throughout these 28 days I have experienced things that would never happen back in Shanghai. I could walk into any families house in Xizhou and the people living there would not mind. I gained so much information for my inquiry project during these viewings.

John K.'s picture

Day 27, our last day to enjoy the beauty of rural China, a perfect village called 'Xizhou'. To fufill my needs, the time I had, I went outside to enjoy the community and say our last good byes' to our service learning partner as well as our friendly local contacts. The village and this place itself have offered me more than they needed to. It gave me the ability to think differently, to take this new learning experience into my life. Yes, it is our last day here, it is the end to our journey. This journey has ended, but there are many more journeys that are going to appear in my life.

Nina C.'s picture

Day 27 is the last day I will be spending (correction: have spent) in Xizhou. I spent most of the day packing and making sure that I leave Xizhou looking as it had looked when I first came. After all, we leave nothing but footsteps, and take nothing but pictures. The morning was dedicated to making sure my work was all sorted out. In the afternoon, I went to visit my Service Learning Partner one last time, and walked around Xizhou, saying my goodbyes to the locals. Afterwards, I packed all of my things and weighed my luggage. Now, as I sit on the terrace of the Linden Centre, it hit me.

Jessica A.'s picture

Today I woke up early. Really early. I quickly changed, and retrieved my Heart Rate Monitor, Lena and I were going to go on an early morning bike ride. First we went to the terrace to try and spot venus, as it is a morning star right now. There were a few clouds over in the direction it was supposed to be in, so we didn't get to see it. We put on our bike gear, checked out a bike, and started riding. We rode along Erhai Lake until we reached the first Aquaduct. We always wanted to see it, so we locked our bikes, and climbed the stairs to the aquaduct.

Niko G.'s picture

Today we wrapped up our work and thank you's. We made sure our work was complete and worth looking at. I thanked all the Linden staff and our chaperones, personally or without anyone else around. Finally my service learning group saw and thanked Mr. Yan. We walked to his house and also gave him bananas and apples. I packed my bag and made sure I had everything. I do not want to forget anything in XiZhou. I sat on the terrace one more time, and enjoyed the view I will mostly miss. It has changed greatly in the amount of time I was here.

Lena L.'s picture

We were all really busy today, getting things wrapped up, packing, saying good-bye. We were almost too busy to enjoy our last few hours here in Xizhou. I will truly miss this place and would give anything to stay here forever. I might ask my mom if we can come back during the summer.

I said good-bye to a few people and bought a few things to bring back to Shanghai. I ate my last Baba (sweet) today and my last plate of Tafel fried rice. We had a whole checklist of things to do and were all really busy. I'll miss everything about this place.

William X.'s picture

I can't believe it is the last day that I am going to be in Xizhou, I really enjoyed being here in this village. I don't know what to say exactly about today being the last day here. I look forward to going home but I also want to stay here. I feel like I spent most of my time here wisely but I also feel maybe I should have spend more time on the terrace during the mornings or nights because it is really during that time of the day.

Banner C.'s picture

When Mr. Ma saw our video he was very happy. He was ecstatic when we showed it to him. He kept complementing us about how good the video was. He said we did a good job capturing he life and was very grateful to be part of the project. When we gave him the fruit he did not want to take it because he felt as if he had not done any thing.

Andrew Y.'s picture

Ms. Zhao was a bit nervous when she saw our video. She was a bit embarrassed at some parts. When we showed the part were she gave us her crafts she made in her free time she started laughing. I think she really enjoyed our video. Both Ms. Zhao and Ms. Dong showed their thanks at the end of the video. They were very pleased at the video we created. We gave them some fruits and then guided them back home. It was a nice experience seeing my service learning partner finally see the project we had created for them.

Lena L.'s picture

When we brought Mrs. Zhao to the Linden Centre, it seemed that she forgot that we were making a video about her. That was not a good foot to start with. She even forgot that we were going to bring her to the Linden Centre. We explained the situation to her once we got there (but Mr. T explained it better), and it seemed like she was overwhelmed at first.

Lena L.'s picture

At the beginning, I mainly wanted to come to Microcampus to experience something new. This was the end of 6th grade, about 2 years ago. I had thought it was really cool that the 8th graders got to have so much independence and freedom for an entire month. It was also pretty cool how they got to study what they wanted instead of being told to study something by their teachers. It was also quite fun to get closer with a few of your other classmates and get to know more people.

Kyra L.'s picture

Hey... this was supposed to be a journal about how we felt when we showed our Service Learning video to our elder partner. However, due to the fact that our partner did not come to the presentation, I cannot write this journal for its original purpose. But anyway, Service Learning is a real pain. Basically, the teachers tell you to go find an elder in the village and interview them, then create a video and a biography. Sounds easy? It is most definitely not. The first hard part is finding a partner. Interviewing and video-taping is relatively easy. Then, there is a video. Oh... the video.

William X.'s picture

Why I came to Microcampus is a big question, it has many answers and now that I have been in Microcampus and experienced new things, new understanding of the question also pop up. I would say that the main reason I came to Microcampus before I came was that I wanted to see different cultures and experience new things that does not happen inside "The Bubble". Another reason would be that I want to challenged myself in different ways. When all the Alumni talked about Microcampus during school, it sounded very exciting which made me more enthusiastic to go.

Andrew Y.'s picture

I wanted to come to Microcampus because I heard it was a life changing experience. My friends from Shanghai that went to Microcampus told me that experience completely changed them. It was an interesting idea to leave home for four weeks and go out to a small southwestern town in China. I wanted to join this once in a lifetime experience. This experience is truly life changing and is different than everything that I have experienced. 

Kelly W.'s picture

Before arriving in Xizhou, I was extremely reluctant and nervous about coming here. I thought, wow, I have so many opportunities with school and sports, but that slowly turned to excitement. When the Dynamite first came back from their trip, all they would talk about was Microcampus and how great everything was, and I wanted to apply for the next trips so I could experience it myself. I wanted to take a break from normal schoolwork and learn in a different way surrounded by different people and a different environment. 

Jessica A.'s picture

Before this trip even started, I applied to come on it, so that I could learn about myself, and this small Chinese village. People encouraged me to sign up, they said it was a once in a lifetime experience. So I did. When I came on this trip, after all of the background research, my perspective had changed. I really wanted to experience all that I had heard about this trip, all that I had learnt about through my background research. After the first week, or maybe even the first day, I knew that all everybody had said was right. I was going to learn a lot.

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