Aidan W. (Alumni-C)'s Journal

Introducing the Jammies Awards ceremony. To start with, we all gathered in the TV room, where we waited for a few minutes. Suddenly, Mr T burst out of the closet, and thus introduced the Jammies... a spoof off of the Grammies. Anyhow, during this ceremony, I was awarded with the most amazing and rewarding rewards. The first award was the "best facial expression when pretending to poop." On Huadianba (the second day of the hike), the fields were infested with big lumps of yak poop.

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Everything is finally finished for today. I have completed my Inquiry Project, and the Service Learning is almost complete. I still need to upload everything to the Service Learning blog. At 3:00 today was the big service learning sharing session. In this part of the day, everyone in our group got together, along with some unexpected guests... Local middle school students. Apparently, as Mr. T said, future generations of Microcampus students may get the opportunity to do service learning in groups with them. I think that this is an excellent idea.

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2 full days until departure.This fact has brought reality crashing down upon me. I remember all of the things I did this trip. From feeling awkward when interacting with the villagers, to sitting next to Mr. Yang of the Golden Flower and talking with him comfortably. I remember one quote that my brother once said. "I'm sad to go but glad to be back". This is one of the phrases that describe this experience right now. Even though I have grown accustomed to Xizhou, and I am super familliar with it, and consider it my home away from home, however I am sort of longing for home.

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Today was the start of a new, and the final, week in Xizhou. Our Service Learning projects are due Wednesday, and Inquiry Projects are due tomorrow. Today, to start it off, we went to Da Hei to get weighed. Following that, we ate breakfast. During "Sas Essentials", I worked on some maths, just to get the hang of Quadratic Equations. I spent the good part of the morning doing that, however our Daily Meeting stopped it. Following the meeting, I worked on my inquiry project. During this time.

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Today was the first real day of weekends, and the last. To start out with, I came back from Bro's Night Out. On the way back from Bros Night, we were going along the road to the Linden Centre, when we encountered a large puddle in the middle of the road. Everyone behind me stopped before the 10 meter long puddle, however, I just ploughed through it all. By the end, the hems of my pants were all soaked and muddy. The next phase was a section of dirt that had been all mashed up by caterpillar treads. I tried to plough through again, however I did not succeed.

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4 hours of work on a weekend.... however, I did not get much done. I did a full hour of hard work on my inquiry project, however, we got rejected (not directly) by Mr. Ma. On the way back to YZR, we stopped by a pharmacy. We went inside, because we saw an elder man running the store. After talking to him for a while, however he did not want to participate. He called his friend who was the same age (68), and after about 45 minutes of talking to him, he agreed to the project and showed us to his school when he was little. After all this, we prepared for Bro's Night Out.

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Today, we had laundry. That was the first wonderful thing that happened today. Clean Clothes tomorrow sounds like a wonderful thing. I cannot wait until I can change out of the same pants, socks and shirt I was wearing for the past 4 days. When I first can, off with the old and on with the new. I cannot wait. Tomorrow, we will be having a 1 hour work session on our inquiry project. During this time, I hope to film my video; using about 6 people and myself. I am so excited. The second really big thing going on tomorrow is the 3 hour plot of time for our Service Learning project. 

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Today's dinner was awesome. We took a bus to Dali Old Town, and wandered around for the best part of 2 hours (4-6). Finally, we settled down to eat at a location called Climb Dali, which is run by a guy who helped organize our Huadianba hiking trip. We had awesome homemade pizza for dinner. All of the male population of our group settled down to eat at this restaurant. I ordered a large hawaiian pizza. which had green bell peppers, cheese, salami, pineapple, and onions on it. It was the best (and only) pizza I ate while here. After we finished eating, I saw loads of things.

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Today was the due date of our phase three. In preparation for this, I spent almost all of WIPPIT time working on it. To start off, I asked Mr. Zhao (the younger guard here at YZR) some questions about his education. Along with him, I also asked Mr. Yang at the Golden Flower restaurant about his education. From my point of view, Mr. Zhao has a really heavy accent. I could not understand most of what he was saying, however I recorded the conversation, and was able to retrieve the material I did not catch. Phase three is finished as far as it is now.

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Already one day until we have to submit the final aspect of phase 3. I feel great. I have had three interviews again today, however, most of what I found out was already confirmed by previous interviews. Even if I slept in until 8:00, almost missing breakfast, I watched a maths podcasts and starting to learn about quadratic equations and parabolas. I have felt that, even though I have had quite a few interviews, I still plan on interviewing many more people. I have already interviewed the people at the Old Town Snacks, Xiao Tang, Mr. Duan the soldier, Mr.

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I am ready for this. Homework almost done... all my mathematics podcast are downloaded, my humanities is almost done, and my chinese is close to done. I do not know about what I will do for maths after friday of this week, since we will not have any SAS Essential time next week. Anyway, I think that I am ready for Wednesday in which we will be submitting phase 3 to Mr. T. Anyway, I think that my Phase 3 is looking great right now.

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We are finally back. I cannot believe that, after walking for 15 hours, we are finally able to relax and retire. In the morning, before we packed up and left, we ate breakfast and played several rounds of hackey sack. We set off on our final (5 hour) trip home. We travelled over many different types of terrain and over many small streams. Today, I have realized that my boots were water tight. At the end of the trip, it felt so great to finally sit down on a bus and go home. 

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We have finally arrived at our destination: 3,232 metres above mean sea level. The great part was that our trek did not take that long at all. We reached the peak a mere 2 hours after we departed from our campsite. Camping tonight was much better than before because I used my rain gear folded underneath my warm hat and scarf. Even though camping was fun, the scenery up at 3232 was amazing. I was expecting a 1/2 day hike up to the peak, and when we reached the top, I expected that we would stay there for around half an hour and then go back to YZR.

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Being bombarded by hailstones is no fun at all, even if you want to be. To me, well, I thought that it hurt like hail ever did. The drenching, bone chilling rain was bad enough, but when lightning struck far away, we realized that we were also caught in a thunderstorm. As a precaution, Mr Tafel yelled to us to run for cover low down to the ground. Surprisingly, nothing came when we were crouching down. However, when we got up, a bolt of lightning struck down 2 kilometres away from us. It was a terrifying yet amazing experience. YOLO!!!

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Day 13/28.... 16 days left of Microcampus. Time is flying by at such an alarming pace. Today, we have been getting prepared for the big hike over the next three days. During today's meeting at 5:45 pm, Mr. T said that we would be taking along a baggage mule. I doubt that I have ever travelled with one before, so I think that this experience will not be unlike something from Eragon, or The Lord of the Rings. 

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Hi all. Today was a great yet disappointing day. We had several events going on today. The first was WIPPIT, and the second was a basketball game with a group of local students. At 4:00, we left for a school (however it is school holidays right now, so there were almost no people around. I wanted to ask the students who we were going to play basketball with, however I did not have the chance. Our game started with a three on three on three game. We were playing for the good part of five minutes, however more students joined.

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Today, we did not have WIPPIT Time, because Mr. Tafel arranged for us to go to a tea plantation. We left at 1:30 to a mountain carrying our heavy camping bags and wearing our hiking shoes. To start off with, we divided the entire group into two mini-groups. The first consisted of the boys, and the second of the girls. After a quick trip to the "5 star" washroom, we seperated. The girls were going to go to the tea plantation to start harvesting and making their own tea, while us guys went on a hike up the mountain with Xiaotang. 

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"Hidey Ho, Cats and Kittens. My name is Richard "Wink" Martindale Dawson, and welcome to Trivia Night," Mr. Tafel told us upon entering Classroom 2. We started off the night with a full on game of Trivia. When we sat down, Mr. Tafel showd us several Youtube clips of two game shows. The first was something I forgot, but the facilitator of this game show was called "Wink Martindale", or something like that. The second clip was called "Family Feud", and the commentator was none other than the charming Richard Dawson. After we finished the two Youtube clips, Mr. T started the game show. 

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I have to admit,  I slept horribly last night. I was sleeping in a stifling sleeping bag in a stifling tent, sleeping on the hard ground, head on my hiking bag, I was thirsty all night (due to the fact that my water ran out yesterday, and I had to drink coconut milk for the rest of the night, Aside from my sleeping horribly, the rest of the excursion was great. 

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Today was a really interesting day, and it will be an even better day as well. The day started with a breakfast of blackberry pancakes, muffins, bananas... the tipical Microcampus breakfast. After breakfast, I relaxed until Lunch, when afterwards we had a mini Chinese-History lesson. We will go camping soon. I believe that camping will be a great experience, as I have never camped before.

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I woke up today with thoughts coursing through my mind. What if my phase 1 and 2 have not been completed... what will Mr. T say? What if... What if... I felt horrible, until I realized that one hour would be plenty in order to find my final expert and have a three to five (meeting to find resources). I realized that today might be a mad rush to completion. 

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Tak... Tak.... Tak.... Plunk (repeated several times). These are the sounds of a small yarn package containing many small beans being passed around. Today, Mr. T brought out his hackey sack. The day started as any day at microcampus does. I woke to the sound of voices coming back from their run, got dressed, ate breakfast, worked on my maths, chinese, humanities, etcetera, had our meeting, ate lunch, and had WIPPIT. The only different part of the day was that after WIPPIT time, we had a group photo.

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Today sped by quite quickly. To start out with, we ate, did work, ate lunch, and then all of the boys went off on a bike trip with Mr. Tafel. Our course was that we would bike to a local benzhu temple, and then around the lake. The one thing I did not count on, however, was that the bike trip would last longer than 3 hours. 

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Today was an average sort of day, even if I had a bit of a cold. It started out with me waking at around 7:00, then eating breakfast. Breakfast was average... spicy ersi, bananas, muffins, and it was really tasty. The first activity was SAS Essentials, where I caught up on my maths, humanities, and chinese homework. After the SAS Essentials, we had Pitching In time, where we could do our laundry, clean our rooms, journal, etcetera. The only thing about morning P.I. time was that we had about 2 hours of time to work.

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Today was a really relaxing day. It seemed so long ago that we (Algebra 1 Gould) had our first Xizhou-math-class. Mr. G looked so different on screen than in real life. During this 20 minute session, Mr. G taught us quite a bit. We started learning about Rational Expressions. The rest of the day was just spent riding bikes and working on our inquiry project. And another thing, during our daily meeting we noticed there was a blue shoe on the roof. Apparently someone from B4 group left it up there. Anyhow... signing off till tomorrow.

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First of 28. Amazing that I am finally here at Microcampus. I started the day at about 7:00, and ate a great breakfast consisting of pumpkin pancakes, local ersi noodles, mini bananas, juice and toast. After breakfast, we went on a tour of the complex and the neighborhood. Lunch was spent out of doors. We had a great lunch consisting of 2 dishes of fried rice, and 1 xizhou baba, a sort of pizza stuffed with meat, veggies, and another one of red bean. It was delicious. At night time, we travelled to the linden center for terrace time and to admire the night sky. When we came back, Mr.

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Today, after many hours of mindless bore, we have arrived at Yangzhouran. The airplane lasted much over 3 hours, and the bus ride seemed endless. I have fond memories of this village from last time I was here, however I believe I will grow to look to it as my home instead just a temporary residence. I cannot wait to start the daily routines and get some order into the contemporary chaos that surrounds me at the moment. Still, it is good to be "home". 

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Hi. My name is Aidan and I am currently 14 years old. I was born in Toronto, Canada, but lived in Singapore, New Jersey, and Shanghai. While I was in Xizhou, I researched how the local education system has changed over the course of the last 63 years. Since the community had a really helpful air, I felt that Xizhou and it's people had a lot to offer for my project. I am now back home in Shanghai, and an alumni of Microcampus. This experience has taught me a lot. Click on any of the links below to see what I did in Yunnan.