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adeena01pd2019's picture

I came to Microcampus because I wanted to learn. I really wanted to learn about the culture of Xizhou, the locals here in Xizhou, and basically, just more about myself and how I would do in a not so bubble-like environment. So about Xizhou, I managed to learn many things. Like I may have mentioned in all of my other reflections, I learnt a lot about the history of Xizhou and the pasts of the people here. Since I did Local Recreation/Hobbies, this gave me a chance to speak to many, many, many different locals.

adeena01pd2019's picture

Like it says in the title, today was our last normal day in Microcampus. We woke up at 7AM, did our morning stuff, and went to eat our second last breakfast. Unfortunately, the breakfast was not very special, because every plate of food was exactly the same as the last month. We had pancakes, muffins, banana bread, some fruits, and orange juice. It was good, but it was not very special, which made me feel a little bit disappointed. I really hope that tomorrow would be a very special breakfast that contains lots and lots of bacon. 

aniketh01pd2019's picture

Today was the day that we were all looking forward to meet, the day that once it was 4:00 pm all of our major projects would be off the table. Today was the day that we were presenting our Service Learning. When it was time to go pick up our partners we left. Once we got to his house something happened that changed my whole perspective about our partner. He wasn't home even though that we told him that we would pick him up at 3:00 pm this morning, This lead to our group splitting up into groups of 2 and running around trying to find him.

aniketh01pd2019's picture

Today was the day that we were all looking forward to meet, the day that once it was 4:00 pm all of our major projects would be off the table. Today was the day that we were presenting our Service Learning. When it was time to go pick up our partners we left. Once we got to his house something happened that changed my whole perspective about our partner. He wasn't home even though that we told him that we would pick him up at 3:00 pm this morning, This lead to our group splitting up into groups of 2 and running around trying to find him.

linden01pd2019's picture

Xizhou is over. I will be reflecting on my experiences up to this point—why did I come to Microcampus? After arriving in Xizhou and spending four weeks in the village, my perspective on the overall experience has significantly changed. In my pre-trip reflection on why I signed up for Microcampus, I said, "Microcampus to me is a way for me to explore in my short time in China." The statement is true, but, it makes up a small part of the entire experience. Now I will reflect on my new understanding of why I came to Microcampus.

marcus02px2019's picture

Today was our last full day here in Microcampus. We said our thanks and good byes to all who helped us on this amazing journey. When I first came to Microcampus, I would have never anticipated what I have just experienced. It is a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye. After a month of being in Xizhou, bonding, learning and connecting, it is sad to see it all go. Then again, as the saying goes don't cry because it's over but smile because it happened. Not that I was going to cry.

nickie01px2019's picture

I was woken up with a sudden, unfortunate thought. It is our last day to spend in XiZhou, a wonderful village that has hosted me for the past 26 days. I will defintely miss the friendliness and friends I have made here. The alumnis were right, time flies by us here, and before we even know it, we're packing and leaving already. I am grateful for the experiences I have had here, and nothing in my life could ever replace that. I am glad I signed up and got into this trip, because this experience has truly taught me so much and I know I have changed. 

yunkei01pd2019's picture

I came to Microcampus to learn new things about myself and other people. I did not really know why I came until I got here. Before I got here, I knew that I had to do an Inquiry Project and that it was "serious" but in my mind, Microcampus just registered as meeting new people and fun and games. But on the second day, when everyone missed the 2:00 meeting, I knew it was more serious than fun and games. The next few days were definitely fun but after slacking off a bit on my Inquiry work and getting a bit behind, I realized that I had to be on top of my work.

charlotte01pd2019's picture

Before we came to Microcampus, we were all required to make a video on why we wanted or why we thought we were going to Microcampus. This journal entry is sort of a followup to that.

In my video, I wanted to go to Microcampus because I wanted to pop my bubble, widen my circle. I wanted to learn about the culture here, and meet some nice people that lived here in Xizhou.

nickie01px2019's picture

When my group and I went to his house to find him, and he wasn't there. All of us had a synced heart attack, and we tried to stay calm to find him. We divided into 2 groups to find him, we went to ShiFangJie, the bank, the market, everywhere. Finally, I recieved a call from Adeena that she found him playing a chess game. We all rushed back to YangZhouRan, hoping that this day will not turn out to be as bad as how it started off as. 

carlos01pd2019's picture

After going to Microcampus I discovered why I went instead of why I wanted to go. I originally wanted to go to get out of the bubble and experience learning in it's truest forms and these stood true during the trip. They are the first reason of why I went. But, other than this I went to meet new Puxi students. These students, as mentioned in my previous journal entry, were included in my daily routine. Seeing them everyday was actually much more exciting than it may sound so you are ensured that this will be a great part of Microcampus.

yunkei01pd2019's picture

Today, I guess I finally caught on that it is our last day here in XiZhou. We had our last daily meeting and we were reminded again to go thank the locals who helped us with Service Learning and our Inquiry Projects. This afternoon, after our meeting, Nickie and I headed out to go say thanks to our sources. Our first stop was the Linden Centre and I said thanks to every single source that I could there, because they had helped me a lot with my research. I also went to thank the kitchen staff for preparing all our meals at YangZhuoRan.

charlotte01pd2019's picture

Today is our last day here in Xizhou. I have a lot to reflect on, and a lot to be thankful for. Because this is a blended trip, I will not be seeing half of our group in the near future. Sure, we could go hang out, but it won't be the same anymore. Not because we will lose the bond, I am not afraid of that, living with someone for 28 days can really change your perspective and bonds. What I hate is that we cannot be in the same school, how we cannot be together as the 16 of us. We only have today to continue as the 16 of us.

eric03px2019's picture

Throughout the 28 days at Microcampus, I have learned a lot, whether it's about myself or about my topic. The reason I came to Microcampus before leaving Shanghai was to get outside my comfort zone. I wanted to interact with the locals and learn to be independent.

annie01pd2019's picture

At 3 o'clock today, we all shared our service learning video with our partners. My group picked up Mr. Yang at around 2:30 PM and walked him to YangZhuoRan. I was kind of excited and nervous at the same time. Mr. Yang has been to YangZhuoRan before and knew the place quite well, and told us about what was new. We were the first group to arrive and still had some time before the presentation so we showed him around. When another group arrived, we brought our service learning partners together to introduce and was suprised by what happened. Mr. Yang patted Mr.

annie01pd2019's picture

Today I worked on my Inquiry and Service Learning. I was under a bit of stress as I had to finish both and there was a deadline on both projects. Rena and I took 1 hour shifts, passing her computer back and forth to edit our Service Learning video. We had some technical difficulties and did not begin putting together the video until 11 o'clock, which meant we had a few hours until 2 o'clock which was when our video is suppose to be checked by Mr. Tafel. By lunch, Rena cut out all the unnesscary parts and reduced a 30 minute film to 6.

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