Maddie O. (Alumni-A)'s Journal

April 8th, 2012

HAPPY EASTER!

Today was a really interesting day, weather-wise. It rained a little in the morning, but not very hard. Then in the afternoon it was really sunny. Of course, when you mix rain and sun, you know what happens. Only this time, we didn't get a normal rainbow... We got a DOUBLE rainbow! Unsurprisingly, seeing a double rainbow brought us back to saying quotes from the memorable Youtube video of the guy in Yosemite. It was pretty funny, and we got some really nice shots of the rainbows. 

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Today we had a big meeting on summarizing our work for the next week. Because it's the last week, we will be finishing up a lot of projects and we will be very busy. We have our usual school work, daily blog posts, inquiry projects, service learning projects, and much more. Because of our camping trip, we are a bit behind on the work we need to do. One of the big things I have to work on is my blog posts. I stopped blogging halfway between when we arrived and now. I have to redo all those blog posts and write the ones for camping.

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March 30th, 2012

Today was pretty exciting. Most of our families arrived and we got to see them after two weeks of being in Microcampus. My mom, dad, and brother came to visit me. They came in a van with two or three other families. We got a little time off to help them settle in and to show them around a bit. My mom brought me a bunch of snacks to last the next two weeks. I got pretzels, chocolate for S'mores, cookies, honey roasted peanuts, mints, etc. 

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April 6th, 2012

Today I woke up with a stomach ache. It really wasn't all that bad, but we were scheduled to go on a bike ride after breakfast, so I stayed behind. It was pretty boring. I just slept, played on my computer, iTouch, and Kindle, and that was it. It was funny when I joined everyone for lunch, though, because everyone obviously thought I was really sick and had thrown up or something, which wasn't true at all. 

The afternoon was pretty normal as well. We did some work and had our daily meeting. There honestly isn't much to say about Day 20. 

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April 5th, 2012

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIRABEL!

Okay, today we packed up everything again, ate breakfast, and hiked back down the mountain. The way down was a lot easier and faster than the way up. We also had more of a motivation. We all thought about Sweet Tooth waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain. 

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April 1st, 2012 (Happy April Fool's Day!)

On the last day with our families visiting, my family and Mirabel's family decided to eat lunch in Dali Old Town. We ate at a restaurant called the Iceland Cafe. I ordered an amazing baked potato dish with cheese and sour cream and split some breaded chicken with my mom. We all had fun playing with the stirrers that came with our drinks until we realized that they were probably reused. Then we left them next to our plates... Anyways, the food was delicious and filled us up.

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March 28th, 2012

Today we spent the day in the Linden Center and at Yang's doing our usual school and inquiry project work. It wasn't a very interesting day, so I am going to elaborate on our daily schedule. 

We wake up at about 6:45

We have breakfast at 7:30

We have terrace time from about 8:00 to 8:15 - terrace time is when we sit on the terrace and think without talking or moving.

We manage our own time until about 10:00 when we have our daily meeting

Then at 10:30 we end the meeting and work until 12:00

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March 27th and 28th, 2012

Tuesday and Wednesday were normal school days (or as normal as it gets at Microcampus). We did our usual work on school projects and our inquiry projects. We had lunch in Si Fang Jie and dinner in the Linden Center for both days. 

Other than the mostly usual happenings, there were also two fairly unusual, different events.

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March 24th and 25th, 2011

The weekend was spent doing mostly work and having free time. We got to choose how we managed our time, but we had to make sure we got certain things done. We mostly focused on math homework, science projects, inquiry work, journals, etc. It was a pretty relaxed two days. We got to wake up for breakfast later and then go to bed later, so we didn't have much of a problem being late for meals and meetings. Nothing very eventful happened, but we all enjoyed our first weekend in Xizhou. 

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It was another normal morning that I'm going skip through because it's just like all the others. We ate lunch at the Linden Center and met up at 1:30-ish to take a van to a tea plantation near Dali Old Town. We had to drive uphill a bit which was kind of cool because we were going pretty fast. We took our camping bags with us to be our day bags so that we could get used to them before our week-long camping trip. So we got to the little tea house on the side of the mountain where we discussed our schedule while we were at the plantation.

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I am an alumnus of the Microcampus program. I visited Xizhou with 10 other students in March of 2012 as part of the pilot, Group A! I am now 16 years old and attending high school in the United States as a junior. I was first interested in Microcampus because of the amazing travel and environment experience it offers. My time in Yunnan has inspired me to join other unique team programs throughout high school, such as Odyssey of the Mind and the FIRST Robotics Competition. In all the years it's been since I left Xizhou, I still haven't seen grass so green or a night sky with so many stars!