Charlotte K. (Alumni-I)'s Journal

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.

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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.

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Today was the day where we presented our final product to our peers and our Service Learning partners. We all dressed up in our relatively nice clothing, and at 2:30, all our the groups gathered in the dining hall, receiving oranges which we will take to our Service Learning partner as a gift. We also burned our movie onto a disk, which we also gave to our Service Learning partner, Mr. Zhang.

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Today, all we really had to work on was Service Learning. This project was so much harder than Inquiry because of many many many points. We had to interview one person, which to me is not too hard, but we have to find out about their life, we are trying to find their story, their voice in this. Which is really hard to do on a regular daily basis, and we have to do this over the course of a month, and we have to film. It is hard enough to just find someone who we can connect with, imagine having their permission to film it!

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I had a lot of great progress today. Thanks to my hard work yesterday, today I am not panicking to finish my Inquiry Project. Since I already finished yesterday, including my reflection, all I needed to do is finish my movie, re watch it, export and upload it onto the Microcampus website. I have made sure I followed all of the instructions, not using overplayed endings like "thank you for watching" avoiding using "now I will talk about my Reflection". I am very proud of what I accomplished today, and I feel comfortable going back to Shanghai and presenting my project to the whole class.

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Today is Sunday, which is supposed to be part of the weekend, the two days of the week where we all should rest for a day. Do some work, but a little less, because it is the weekend, where everyone can chill and hang out. That is the exact opposite of what today was all about. We have Inquiry and Service Learning to do, which is a lot to do.

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Today we were all officially allowed to go out into Xizhou as a group of four to interview our Service Learning partner. Over the course of the past week, we have found and lost many potential Service Learning partners, due to the fact that they are not in Xizhou for the next few days, has already been a Service Learning partner, and the fact that they were still too young to be a Service Learning partner. Finally, we found our Service Learning partner, Mr. Zhang.

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**this is part of my SAS Essentials Science class work**

This will be my last Earth Journal. In this journal I will be writing about the hydrosphere. Hydrosphere means any surrounding body of water. In Xizhou, there is one huge mother lake, Er Hai. Everyone is very familiar with this lake because it is huge.

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Today was the last day to finish Phase 3. I cannot believe we have less than two weeks left of Microcampus! Time if flying by so fast, with so much work to do.

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**this is part of my SAS Essentials Humanities class work**

Yesterday was National Day, so a lot of tourists came to Xizhou for a short holiday. This really opened my eyes to the type of tourists that come into Xizhou.

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Today was a great success for my Service Learning group. Mr. T. has explained to us that no more than groups of two are allowed to do Service Learning today, because the more people there are, the more uneasy and intimidating we look. We want to forge local connections, not scare the locals.

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Todays our first official day back at YZR. After that physically tiring experience, I was ready to wind down, put my feet up, relax and take a rest. That would be the exact opposite of what I am doing. 

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We have finished our big hike and came back at YZR at around 5:00. All of us were exhausted, muddy, stinky and most importantly happy to be back in Xizhou. After three days of not showering (ew gross...) we finally have hot water showers waiting for us. I was the first of my room to take a shower, but that meant only a 5 minute quick shower, which totally sucks because I wanted to stay in there for as long as possible and feel clean. After I took a shower, I felt like a million bucks.

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Today we finally reached our hiking destination. We still have one more day of hiking left, but today felt good. We all arrived at 3232 meters and had the most amazing Still Time. I could see miles and miles and miles and miles around me. The air was so fresh and cold, the wind blowing into my hair. I could see nature in its most pure and original form, everything felt so different than any other views I have ever seen.

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Today is our first official hiking day! This hike alone was 8 hours. It is hiking 900 meters uphill. I could not imagine anything I have ever done that demanded that much time and physical strength. I have never hiked continuously for 3 days straight, I have hiked many many times before, but all of that is nothing compared to this. I have also never carried something so heavy for such a long period of time, everything I have ever needed for a hike was just a jacket and a water bottle, nothing too heavy to carry. This was different.

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**this is part of my SAS Essentials Science class work**

I have decided to focus my attention on the atmosphere of Xizhou and also on the hydrosphere. This is day 13 journal post, but I am doing it on Day 16 because I knew that I was going on a hike for the next three days, and that would give me a better chance of observing Xizhou.

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Today during the Daily Meeting, we were asked to write about one of the three quotes that were given to us. The first quote is "Every instruction we give is an attempt to solve a problem before it becomes one." The second quote is "Discipline yourself, so others will not need to." The final quote is "Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor detail."

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As the title suggests, this story is a great and terrible lesson that I learned during Wellness time today.

It all started out great, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the sky was clear as ever. The three of us, Adeena Annie and I went to do Wellness together. All three of us decided to use my backpack to store our water bottles, phones and other personal items. We took turns carrying it to our final Wellness destination, which was right next to the Linden Centre. I decided to bring a banana as a triumph food after I finish Wellness.

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Today was a very difficult day to finish our Pitching In because of the Laundry Crisis that has been going on for the past four days. This issue has not been addressed until today.

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During our weekends, we do not need to do most of WIPPIS time. We can do Wellness on Saturday but not on Sunday because we need to do a Wellness reflection on the week. Inquiry Project is not needed for us to do on Saturdays too, because we take a break then. Pitching In is something we need to do, because we need to do our laundry (on the correct day) and clean up our room. Still time is optional, but I really like to do Still time here because Xizhou is so beautiful. We also get a lot of down time, so all in all it was a pretty chill day.

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**this journal entry is part of my SAS Essentials Science Class work**

For the past week I have been watching previous Microcampus student's Inquiry Project that had to do with atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the lithosphere (or geosphere) and I have also been observing Xizhou. I have chose to do hydrosphere and atmosphere. Hydrosphere means the water around us. Atmosphere means the air around us.

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Today was a very soggy and wet day. During my Wellness time I ran with Rena, Maddie and Linden. While we were outside (near the Linden Centre building) it was raining. We ran for the entire hour outside in the rain. Sometimes the rain got so heavy that I could barely open my eyes. I would blink a couple of times before I was able to see in the rain.
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Today is our first day with rain in Xi Zhou. Maddie and I both have the same schedule, so we did a lot of WIPPIS time together. What I have noticed, is that when it first starts to rain, it drizzles a little bit. The kind of drizzling that would fall on someone's eyelash and then wash away. After that, it starts to rain, and then it pours for about half an hour. It does not stop, and just keeps pouring and pouring. Thankfully, Maddie and I came back to YZR just in time for the pouring rain to begin. We watched as others from all around Xizhou come back to YZR soaking wet.

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Today was one almost a normal day. We ate Er Si for breakfast at 7:30. Er Si is a type of noodle, which we have to order in advanced, just to make sure we know who wants what type. There are four types of Er Si. The first, and my personal favorite would be non spicy with vegetables, non spicy with meat and vegetables, spicy with vegetables, spicy with meat and vegetables.

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**this journal entry is part of my SAS Essentials Humanities class work**

I have chose to look at impact of tourism, in general, on the community -- economic impact in Xi Zhou. Over the course of the past four days, I have some observations on the impact of tourism in Xi Zhou.

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Today we went into Xizhou. All of us went into town with Mr. T. so we can all learn the routes of Xizhou. We went to the Bank to exchange our first ¥100 for the week. We went to the marketplace, experiencing the culture, learning all about the different things we would never be able to see in Shanghai. We also went to SFJ. SFJ is the square where we all gather for lunch, it is like a general meeting place for us. After learning some parts of Xizhou, we had lunch in SFJ. My Service Learning Group (Carlos, Claire and Maddie) went to eat at a Muslim restaurant and ate noodles.

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Today is our first day attending Microcampus. All day, we have been travelling from Shanghai to Xizhou. All 16 of us met at Hong Qiao Airport at 5:15 in the morning, then set out to Kunming on the plane. The trip took about three hours. Afterwards, we split into two groups of students, one following Ms. Mai to get KFC for all of us, and one following Mr. T to pick up our checked baggage. I was in Mr. T's group. In my opinion, we were very successful, nobody got lost, no missing luggage, and best of all, all of us got KFC lunch. Afterwards, Mr.

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Yesterday/today was our first official gathering of the entire group. We stayed in SAS Pudong campus for an entire night, and morning. We have been getting to know each other (mainly students from the other campus), asking questions and starting our Microcampus journey together. We accomplished quite a lot in one night, meeting some of the alumni that helped us answer a lot of common questions and start on our Wellness Plan. We also talked about the four pillars, the big four if you will.

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Hi! My name is Charlotte K. , and I am 13 years old. I come from a family of 5, with a little brother and a twin sister. I was born in Hong Kong, and love to travel, eat food and take photos. I was part of the Ignite group. Coming to Xizhou was an amazing experience that I will never forget.