Kelly C. (Alumni-J)'s Journal

When I first heard of microcampus, I was in the 7th grade, some of my friends have already signed up for next years trip, whilst I was still figuring out what it was. I have gone to many different people to fine more information about microcampus, previous students who went seemed to have a better idea of it, and gave me lots of encouragement and advice if I ever decided to join.

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Today is our last full day! I am so sad! I do not want to leave!

Today I am saying all my goodbyes to the locals, the Linden family, the Linden Centre, the dog Nala, the chaperones, the staffs, the students, Yang Zhuo Ran, the floors, the rooms, the food,my bed, the dining hall, the cheese factory, the food, Si Fang Jie, Dali Old Town, Lake Er Hai, the air quality, the mountains, the food, the laundry place, the sunny spot that always hits Yang Zhuo Ran, the TV room, my room, the heaters, the food, etc.... 

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Today we had our service learning presentations. It was raining unfortunately, and we only got to bring one umbrella, because we did not bring any umbrellas.

When we went to pick up our service learning partner it was raining and there were puddles everywhere, it was quite a journey to our service learning partner's house. 

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Today was the last full day to finish all our work. It took me about 3 hours to upload my Inquiry Project onto the video portal, because the file was too big. So I had to screen shot all my photos so that the video wouldn't be so high quality, and the file size would decrease.

I did that for about 3 hours and then started to work on my reflection. The reflection took about 1 hour, and then I had to upload my service learning video. I had to catch up in all my journal posts, and I had to do laundry today.

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The past few days have been really stressful, because it is the last week of microcampus, which means inquiry project, service learning are at a deadline soon. 

Eventually, we found a new service learning partner, his name is Mr. Yang, and he sells clothes. He lives closer to us than Mr. Li who is in the hospital, which is convienient. But when we ask him question quesitons relating to the cultural revolution, or chairman Mao, he says he doesn't know anything about that, and doesn't answer.

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Today was a very frustrating day.

Yesterday when we went out in search for our service learning partner, he wasn't there, and his neighbour said that he was in the hospital and that he was sick, but then when we went to ask his neighbour today, she said that he was in Dali Old Town. We were very confused, and frustrated, so we said thank you and left. 

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Today we slept in late because it was a weekend, but we still had to wake up for breakfast. After breakfast we worked on our inquiry for the whole day.

It was a very productive day for everyone, because our inquiry projects are due on monday, so we only had 2 whole days to work on them. When I was putting my iMovie together, I realized that I did not have enough pictures to put in, and I just resued some pictures because of my lack of pictures. 

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Today for evening activity, we went to er hai. Only a group of us went, because not everyone wanted to go and some people had to do some work. 

Mr. T and Ms. Mai did not join us on this trip, because they think that we are responsible enough to handle ourselves, and we had to prove to them that we can handle ourselves on the trip.

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Today we went to Dali old town at night, where we ate dinner, and walked around and saw a lot of new things. 

Dali old town is the center of life in Kunming, where there is a lot of people, and shops. Me and my buddy Sara walked down the roads in Dali, and found a lot of good restaurants that we could eat in. We eventually came across a shop that had pizza and burgers.

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Today is the second last day for getting information for phase 3, so I went out in search for more information.

I went with my buddy Sara, and went to the tie-dye place to get an interview, while Sara needed to find a service learning partner because her previous service learning partner did not agree to do the project with her group. So after a 5 minute interview with the tie-dye person, me and Sara went to look for a service learning partner. 

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Xizhou is a beautiful place where the mountains are endless along with wonders.

Being here for about a week now, has let me see a lot of things on the walls of history in Xizhou. There are a lot of mountains, water sources, climate changes, and many more. 

There are a lot of mountains as I look around, and the sky is very blue, meaning that the pollution level in Xizhou is not as high as Shanghai. The air quality in Xizhou is pretty good, looking at the sky color, and the smell of fresh air. 

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Today I went out with my working group, Cynthia and Caleb, we walked to Si Fang Jie and visited our old friend Mr. Li, he is one of our possibilities for our service learning project.

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Today we woke up at 6 and packed our tents and hiking backpacks. We went down to the temple, and made sure that we had everything with us and made sure we had everyone. We walked downhill for about an hour, and finally got on a bus and went back to Yang Zhuo Ran. When we got back, we plopped all our bags to the ground, washed our hands, and headed straight for breakfast. We appreciated the meal they prepared for us and ate a ton. After that, we had a daily meeting about what had happened the past 72 hours.

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Today is the second day of the hike, and today we are going to head up to the top of the mountian, enjoy the scenery, eat lunch, and then go back down to our camping point.

we got up at 6, and ate breakfast around 7, then we packed our lunch for the day and headed up.

As we hiked, I encountered less challenges than before because that day we only had to bring our day bags, so it was lighter than yesterday's hiking backpack. We hiked for about 5 hours, until we stopped for a lunch break at a tip of a mountain.

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Today was the day we left for the 3 day hike. We woke up at 6 and ate breakfast at 7, then we headed out for the bus.

When we first got out of the bus, I already felt the temperature start to drop, I put on an extra layer as we were walking. Mr. T assigned some of us at the head of the group to set a good pace for everyone, and we walked on built roads for about an hour, until our paths lead up to the mountain.

As we hiked up the mountain, I felt the altitude level start to rise each minute, I could feel it in my ears and how cold my body was.

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Today I had a teacher help support session with Mr. T, and we went to the Happy Embroidery street, where we stopped by an embroiery workshop to ask questions about my topic. I am still deciding in my inquiry work which topic I should choose; either embroidery, or tie-dye.

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Today for teacher support, I went to Zhoucheng with Yeling to see different kinds of tie-dyes and ask questions about it. It was about a 10 minute ride there, and we stayed there for about one and a half hour. When we reached Zhoucheng, I realized that it was very near to the mountains and the buildings and houses aren't as packed as Xizhou. We entered a household very near to our parking spot, and we saw displays of tie-dyes all hung up on the wall, some I noticed were from Japan given the style and colors.

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Last night I slept on the non-comfortable side of the tent because I came in at about 3 AM, and I didn't want to go through all that trouble to wake Sara up, so I just took my blankets and sleeping bag and took some time to warm myself up, but mostly I was thinking of last nights seeing. When I finally fell asleep, I was relaxed, until, Sara started pounding on my sleeping bag, and telling me I have 2 minutes to get up and go outside for Mr. T's star-gazing. It was about 6 o clock, and I was a mess.

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 Yesterday was the big practice hike. The purpose of this hike is to test out our equipments and our clothing and shoes and everything else. We woke up and did some inquiry work for about 2 hours, and then we started to pack up for our hike. I got my things together for our hike, and placed it outside. Then as Mr. T reminded us of the other things we needed such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, chapstick, I walked back and felt my foot step on a rubbery thing, but I wasn't sure what it was when I checked behind me.

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For my Science journal, we were to pick two topics to write about, one of them has to be based on hydrosphere, and the other one is by choice. I chose to do lithosphere, because I think that there is a lot to analyze about Xizhou. 

About hydrosphere, there is a large lake in Xizhou called Er Hai. This lake is the main resource for water, and water waste.

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Today had a balance of good and bad things happen to me. This morning when Yeling and I walked near the Linden Centre, we were on a journey to find out more about embroidery. This workshop whose owner's name is Shi Ayi, and she produces different kinds of embroidery. In her workshop, she produced embroidery in many different minorites. I got to see many different kinds of embroidery patterns, and different forms of embroidery, and the different uses for embroidery. I got a lot of information out of that workshop, and planned to go back.

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Today was pretty much the same thing I do everyday, I didn't have laundry, or daily video shoutout, or dish duty. So I did my pitching in work, and inquiry work. For my food committee, we planned out the schedule for the meals we have everyday, and the schedule for people eating meals inhouse or outside. For wellness, me and my buddy Sara jogged out to this street in Xizhou, about 4 miles away from our house. After we jogged and had enough, we stopped at this street, and sat down for still time.

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Today was another normal day, where we started doing daily things. First off, I lost my camera and charger for about an hour, and then ended up finding it in the nurses office. Being aware of my things, I continued my day. After SAS Essentials and keeping track of our homework for humanities and science, we had our daily meeting. Our daily meeting was held by Kristen, and we talked about committees, SAS Essentials, and other comments. After our daily meeting, our schedule was pitching in.

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Day 3 is the day where we begin to go through our daily routines. We ate breakfast and then made our way to classroom 1 to work on SAS essentials. We were in that classroom for about 2 hours, we worked on the things our teachers back in SAS assigned us, and planned out what we needed to do for the following week. Then, we had a daily meeting, where we talk about our inquiry projects, and committee jobs. Today was like a preview of what we are going up against everyday, so we just got to expereience what we are going to do everyday.

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At seven o'clock, we wake up in the morning for breakfast and prepare ourselves for the day. Our schedule is written on a board outside of the reception room, and we eat right next to it. We are given a tour of our household, and I really like our home because it is very snug and warm. The architecture is ancient and strong, while it is interesting and beautiful. Getting more familiar with the household, we are given a tour around the village. Mr. T had us circle around the village several times to get us familiar to the paths and routes.

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My name is Kelly, I am 13 years old and an 8th grader at SAS PD. I have been at SAS for 8 years, and I love it here. Other than the pollution and crowdedness, Shanghai is a very nice place to live in. I am originally from Hong Kong, where I lived for two years, then moved to Shanghai and lived here ever since. I am on the swim team, and was also accepted into AMIS. Living in Xizhou is a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to see what Xizhou has in store. Xizou is a beautiful place full of wonders and excitement, I am really glad to be here and hope to get the best of it.