Welcome to my Service Learning page. Here we will be posting our updates from our service learning partner.
Some characteristics that would make a great service learning partner is they are:
- one can understand what they are saying
- They can hear what we are saying
- the are not passive or seem bored when we talk to them
- when we ask them a question they are engaged
- they are not too introverted
After staying here for quite a while, I have been able to meet quite a while, I have been able to develope a list of people that could potentially be a good service learning partner. There is Mrs. Duan, who runs the Dou Hua stand near Si Fang Jie, there is Mrs. Yang, who is a cute old lady that works in the fields, but when you say 'nihao' to her, she always says it back in a very clear, loud voice. There is also Mr. and Mrs. Dong, who helped Jillian on her inquiry project
After several visits and dicussions with our Service learning partner, Mrs. Gao, the end product of our three week's worth of work is a movie and a short biography about her life. The movie is posted above and the pdf of the Biography is posted below.
From Mrs. Gao, I learned that the world is changing very quickly, but to us it seems natural because this is what we have lived in our whole lives. I also learned that there is more to people than what meets the eye. At first, when I met Mrs. Gao, I had though she was a very mean and short-tempered old-lady, but after I got to know her I realized that she was actually really sweet and sincere.
From this experience, I don't think I learned that much on Xizhou history. We focused more on HER life than the village's. What I did learn though is that life was much harder back then, whether because of the cultural revolution or not, and because they weren't as rich back then.
Unfortunately, today I was not able to see my Service Learning partner because she works in the fields on weekdays. Whenever we went to visit her, it was always on the weekends or on a rainy day because those were the days the fields were empty. Which field, exactly I do not know. Although, when we were filming, she did seem a bit nervous at first but afterwards she seemed to loosen up and relax.
For future microcampus students, I would recommend that they find a retired person because then you could visit them very often, even on days most people are working. I would also recommend to chose an elder that you see very often and always say 'hello' or 'goodbye' to them, even if you are only passing them on the streets. My final recommendation is that you should find someone that interests YOU. Don't find someone that you only chose because they were, say, a war veteran, but chose someone that you think you can connect with.