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alexis01pd2019's picture

The day I first heard of Microcampus was some time last year during electives.  Someone in our elective just suddenly dissapeared and people said that he would be gone for a month.  I did not think much of it, except for the fact that it was pretty drastic for a group of students to be sent out to a village somewhere out west.  I did not think about it for the rest of the year.  

cynthia01pd2019's picture

Before we came to Microcampus, I created a video of myself talking about why I thought I was going to Microcampus. This last journal post is a sort of follow-up to the video now that I have gone through the experience. My main goal back then was to interact with locals and get out of "the bubble". This is true, however I have gained many other new perspectives as a result of this experience.

katherine02pd2019's picture

Today was a day of goodbyes and conclusions. For instance, one of the assignments we recieved were to change all of our profiles into past tense, in preperation for being alumni of Microcampus. This was extremely symbolic for me. However, I am also excited for being labeled as alumi after this trip. Today, we also finished our final packing and shopping. A couple of students and I went on an antique run lead by Mr. Tafel.

alexis01pd2019's picture

Today was our last full day.  It was a full day of goodbyes and cheese and packing and cheese and shopping and cheese.  As you can see, it was a really busy day.  

One of the events that we had was 

TBC

kristen02pd2019's picture

Today is the last day in Xizhou. The last day of Microcampus.

Today is the last full day in Xizhou, as tomorrow we will be leaving right after breakfast. Tomorrow will be another travel day, but this time out destination will be Shanghai. I will miss Xizhou a lot, its people, food, memories.

Coming to Xizhou was a great experience, and I hope future 8th graders at SAS take advantage of this great opportunity. Tonight we will be having the Jammie Awards. This is the Grammies of Microcampus. I hope it will be fun, and top off the Microcampus memories. 

max01pd2019's picture

For me, most of my work which includes inquiry project and service learning is done. Now I just have to pack and start preparing to leave for Shanghai. I am pretty sad that I am leaving Xizhou but it has been a great experience and I learned a lot here. I did not only learn about antiques here but the culture. The people here are very open and welcoming and they have been great hosts. Microcampus is an experience that I will never forget and I can only keep learning from here. Xizhou is an amazing village and I recommend that anyone who is up for an adventure come.

alexis01pd2019's picture

Today we had our big Service Learning presentations.  Our partner was Mr. Gao and you can see the video we made of him at this link.  Today was also our first rain day.  The rain made the weather a lot colder and presented a new challenge for us because this was our first rain day.  

katherine02pd2019's picture

Today, we presented our Service Learning projects to our Service Learning partners. It was also raining today, so our group and I put on our rain gear and headed out to pick up our partner, YangGuoLiang. We approached his house and knocked on his door. He eventually came out of the door, and invited us in again to see his dog's newborn puppies. Obviously, we went in. The puppies were adorable, as they were born two days before. After our fair share of gushing over the puppies, we left for the Service Learning sharing.

noam01pd2019's picture
Today was our last full day in Xizhou. It was mostly all about finishing up, saying our goodbyes and packing up.We woke up in the morning and started a normal day. In the afternoon at 2PM we had a meeting to give a review on trip advisor for the Linden centre. We all gave a five star review to show our appreciation for what the Linden centre has done for us. After 2 we finished up a few journals and then I left with Caleb to go say bye to a fisherman he had met. We took a 10min car ride due to the rain.
kristen01pd2019's picture

This is our last full day here at Xizhou. Everyone is pretty sad that we have to say goodbye to everyone because, throughout these four weeks, I have made so many wonderful connections and experiences. 

noam01pd2019's picture

Max and I went to get Mr.Yang at 2:45. We got back at 3:00PM and started the showcase. After 2 groups had gone and Mr.T said his thanks and gave a little speech it was our turn to share.All went when when all of a sudden Mr.Yang's phone rang.so we were forced to pause the movie while he made a quick phone call. Other than that he said he really enjoyed the video and that he said it was really relieving when he saw his friends there too.

max01pd2019's picture

Today we are presenting our service learning projects. Noam and I am going to go pick up our service learning partner, Mr. Yang. There are four groups on our trip and Mr. T said that all of our presentations are good and will be very good. I am pretty excited to show our presentation because I think that Mr. Yang's life story is very interesting. 

sara01pd2019's picture

Today is our last day in the village and it is quite bitter sweet. While we are all upset that our Microcampus experince is ending, and do not want to say goodbye to Xizhou, we are very much ready for Christmas break. None of us are ready to say goodbye to the spicy potatoes, popsiscles, Tai Fei Chao Fan, or of course, all of our local friends. When I first arrived at Microcampus, I thought that it was going to be FOREVER until I got back to Shanghai, but the time has gone much too quickly. I felt like it was just yesterday that we were sitting on the bus in anticipation.

sara01pd2019's picture

Today was the big day of our Service Learning presentations. We confirmed with Mr. Yang, our service learning partner, that we would pick him up from his shop at 2:40. At 2:30 Max and Noam left to go get him. After they got there he took awhile to get ready. While he was getting ready they talked to him and found out that his wife would not be attending due to the bad weather. We were dissapointed, but appreciated that Mr. Yang still wanted to come.

hannah01pd2019's picture

My service learning partner was Mr Yang the tailor. He is 63 years old and has lived in Xizhou his whole life. He enjoys life now, but as a child it was difficult, like during the cultural revolution, or during the great leap forward.

hannah01pd2019's picture

Tonight was GNO. Girls night out. It was pretty good, we frollicked in the garlic fields for a whille, and we walked all along the paths. I was afraid that I would fall in to the water. Some parts were very narrow, and others were just very squishy and unstable. Sometimes I felt like I was going to fall, but I never did. 

cynthia01pd2019's picture

Today was our last full day at Microcampus. We spent the morning finishing our final wellness reflections, wrapping up all our work to make sure there were no spelling errors and everything was perfect as we wanted to be. After lunch, several of us went over Mr.Du's antique shop to purchase antiques- we saw many pieces from a long time ago, ranging from the Han dynasty to the Qing dynasty. We purchased a few pieces to take back home. We used the afternoon to pack all our items back into our bags and suitcases.

cynthia01pd2019's picture

Today, we had our service learning presentations. Kelly, Caleb and I walked out to our service learning partner Mr.Yang's clothing store to pick him up. We took him back here to YangZhuoRan and showed him around and gave him a tour of the place. Then, all of us and our service learning partners filed into Classroom 1 for the viewing of the videos. Our group was up first in the presentation, so we sat up front while our video played. As that happened, I observed our partner Mr.Yang.

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