Leonard L. (Alumni-K)'s Journal

The hours of backbreaking work finally paid off. We had picked up our service learning partner and is now about to show him our video in front of an entire audience. We settled down in our seats and clicked the play button. We were not allowed to watch the video because the group presenting needed to watch the audiences reaction. We were the last group to present, so we wanted this video to make an imprint in the heads of the audience. The first words were said. Our service learning partner Mr. Zhao looked neutral. The video went on but suddenly, we got to a part where Mr.

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We have one more day until the service learning presentation with out partner. We worked together and we eventually made it through all of this. Good job team, I can't wait to pick up our contact tomorrow and show our video to him. 

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After being behind for about a day of work, I finally caught up and finished my garden tour. I was very nervous on presenting this to Mr. T, because I was afraid he would criticize me, because I felt my project wasn't very good. But I went through and talked with Mr. T. So we discussed and he actually complimented me for the ncie transitions and smooth work. I was honestly surprised. We had a good pearls of wisdom review and I got all the information I need. Next time, I won't be as afraid. 

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I have never thought genetics could be so interesting before. But after tonight, I changed my mind. Mr. T hosted a genetics talk right after dinner. He invited many people from the Linden Centre to come and join. He was explaining the power of genetics and uncovering family mysteries. The first mystery was the Lee mystery, where he explained how scientists use genetic testing to find out whether or not Mr. T’s great great great grandfather was related to General Robert E.

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Today, I finished my Phase 4, officially. A beautfully hand-crafted piece. I spent a lot of time and effort. Each detail and outline is very fine and extremely detailed. I looked at a few others pieces and looked what they did good or bad. So you can check out my work. I will be moving on to my Final Piece tomorrow. I hope all goes well. Also, we ate this really really beautiful meal. It was in a restaurant that Luca found. We ordered a spicy steamed fish. He cooked it for us on the spot, it was splendid.

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Today, marks the last day of week 3, we have 1 more week before we make our way back to Shanghai. It has been a good week. We had just started our final project and I am a bit behind on that because of my Phase 3 work. So lets get started

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Oh, today was terrible, I almost wanted to smash my computer. So during WIPPIS time, I wanted to finish my Phase 3 work I lost yesterday, so I decided I would spend an hour making it up. I was writing like usual, and I even saved my work and copied it onto a document. So I was almost done on my 10 big questions when, KABAM! The spinning beachball of death appeared. I Had to force restart and when I went back, my save file was gone and I pretty much just los it. And after about 10 minutes of hating myself and overeating bananas, I decided to start again.

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Today is the last day of Phase 3, which means that it is the last day of field research. So I went out with a few buddies and we went to the wet market to try ot take a look at herbs. I found lots of herbs, you can take a look at them in my Phase 3. But I also made 3 very good contacts, they were kind and nice and helpful. I wrote down all my Phase 3 but lost it again, so I got really mad, but I realized that I shouldn't get mad and move on with life.

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Today was a day were everybody had a full day to do all their work, it was good. We learned a lot of lessons. Especially at the daily meeting. Because Mr. Tafel gave us a lesson that it only takes 10 minutes to plan while you get 10 hours of free work. It was really amazing. We also got to play with the badminton net! It was fun and we threw around footballs. While Mr. T was an All-Blacks fan. All out fan. He used his skills and knocked all of us out of his way when we challenged him in Rugby. 

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After the hike, we all moved to BaoChengFu. The Lindens have been working their as*es off just to get the place prepared for us, so we should be really thankful. A few days ago before we moved in, only the structures had been set up, but within 2 days, they managed to make it livable and the designs were set up. They even had the place furnished nicely and the bathrooms working with hot water! If you exclude the occasional blackouts, the place is like a four star hotel! Beautiful.

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The previous day, we had an amazing and relaxing hike and got to enjoy the rest of the day peacefully, or sometimes, excitingly. Yesterday, we had 7.5 hours to do whatever we wanted in a grassland the size of Xizhou. My partner and I went to look at the natural land formations, we went back 2km or so to climb Mount Baldy, and we even filmed and watched a Yak migration! It was amazing. During the hike up Mount Baldy, we had to have a radio with us at all times. My codename became Viceroy and my partners became Delta Duck, even though Dancing Damsel could have been better. But Mr.

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After the first day, everybody's morale was falling. We woke up tired and with a slightly sore leg. My tentmate had been feeling really uncomfortable the entire night. I had to go pee 4 times within 5 hours, so I barely got any sleep. But we held on. After breakfast, we saw the small dog again, it was sleeping silently on the grass. So I went over and decided to give it a pet and scratch on the back of the ear. Never met such a cut dog in my life, even my Golden Retriever is not that cute.

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Today is the last day we will ever be staying at the Linden Centre. After the hike, we will be moving to BaoChengFu. So I would like to sum up my memories with the Linden Centre.The Linden Centre was and will be the place where we will most feel at home. Three courtyards give us a place to relax. The game room made memories with pool. All the good shots made by everyone I played against. The rooms were really clean and comfortable. The meals tasted really nice. The breakfast Erse and pancakes were the tastiest I had ever eaten.

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Oh yes, the hike is here. Today was harder than what most of us expected. But lets first start from the beginning.

In the morning, everyone was extremely pumped. After all, it was the big hike. So we got our heavy backpacks and headed out the door. The bus took off and we started talking about what the hike would be like. But lets again, sorry for my bad englishing, skip ahead to the harsh moments. 

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Tonights evening activity was amazing. It was Whiz-Bang Trivia Night. It was a game of Jeopardy but it was actually fun. What we did was that our workgroups, which there were 4 workgroups, were suppose to come up with a theme. Our groups theme was Wikipedius, which was a combination of Wikipedia, and Genius. We all dressed up as nerd and we were all educated in Britain. Each of us represent a different college and we all have different studies. When the game started we were falling behind, we had to try to act really really smart, like we used all these weird scientific terms. 

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Today was not really very rushed. It was pretty much a day of for all Microcampus students. We had breakfast in the morning. And afterwards, we pretty much just rested for the entire day. I went to the gym and also just  did a journal or two. Otherwise, it wasn't much. 

We biked home from the tongue of the lake. I filmed a few good shots and just had fun. My seat started falling backwards and I had to stand up and bike. But when we got back, we just ate a nice breakfast and brushed our teeth. It was cool. 

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We camped out at the tongue of the lake. It was quite an adventure. The past two days was pretty much getting prepped for the HuaDianBa hike that will happen next week. When we went hiking yesterday, we tried to simulate the 9 hour grueling hike. While today was just a day where we get ready for camping and we learned how to set up tents.

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Today was a good day. This is my second time writing this journal as I forgot to save the first time. I lost five paragraphs, long paragraphs and 1 hour of work. Here is just a summary of what I wrote, since I am literally falling asleep. 

We started the day in the morning with Luca and I waking up really early to go to the market. We took the long way round and the streets were completely deserted, it was scary as @#*%. When we arrived at the market, we found only a few market vendors selling plants like broccoli and cabbage. So we went back and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise. 

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Today was a good day. In the morning, I finished off my math essentials and did all I needed to do. Then we had lunch and set up the laundry. This is quite embarrasing, but my roommate and I used our imaginations to create this scene while we were doing our laundry duty. So we were elite soldiers and the Linden Centre was our base. We made laundry fun by pretending the laundry was a package we were suppose to extract and bring back to base. So we pretended to contact Base and take out enemy troops. It was an enjoyable moment. 

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So its already been four days since we arrived in Xizhou, the previous days have always been introductions and we never really got to manage our own time. But today is different, today is the first actual day where the schedule we will be using for the next 24 days. The mornings include 1.5 hours of SAS essentials time, which is the time where we catch up on school work. Then we have the daily meeting, where we discuss plans for the day and plans for the week. After that, it's pitching in time, where you work on daily work and catchup time.

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So its already been four days since we arrived in Xizhou, the previous days have always been introductions and we never really got to manage our own time. But today is different, today is the first actual day where the schedule we will be using for the next 24 days. The mornings include 1.5 hours of SAS essentials time, which is the time where we catch up on school work. Then we have the daily meeting, where we discuss plans for the day and plans for the week. After that, it's pitching in time, where you work on daily work and catchup time.

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Since I am posting this journal in the afternoon, before the bike ride, I might miss some information. Having woke up from the blinding lights that my roommate switched on, I managed to crawl out of my warm bed into a freezing cold room. I washed up myself and took my Gopro and walked to the terrace. We had already planned on capturing the sunrise at an early hour. I had already done all the work of setting up my Gopro so that I could capture the sun with a timelapsed video, at 0.5 FPS.

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We just arrived in Xizhou, after meeting each other at 5 in the morning, and after the delay of the flight, and the 3 hour plane ride, and the 7 hour bus ride, the Kryptonite group of Microcampus finally arrived in Xizhou. Their home for the next month. We all settled in and we got accustomed to our new home. Hopefully, tomorrow's introduction to Xizhou will be smooth. Better get some rest! The fields of Garlic were like roses to me. 

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The first actual day of experience in Xizhou. I honestly did not expect the place to be as nice as it is, but still, you know, it's good. The first day was more or less an introduction to the place. We had a small hike around the different villages and visited lots of market centers. The view was excellent. Beautiful weathers and the sweet smell of Garlic Fields. Also, the lunch was pretty enjoyable. During lunch, we tried out this special local dish that was made of noodles. There was a taste of broth, some pieces of diced pork, and a finishing touch of sour vegetables.

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Only a few months before we go to Xizhou. Only a few months before we step outside the bubble. Only a few months before we experience local life. Going to microcampus is a huge honor. As being part of the 16 kids going on 2015's March-April trip, I am really excited to be experiencing a life different from what I have now. I believe after the microcampus experience will make me a more independent and to put it in simple terms, better person. Right now, i'm in my apartment in Singapore sitting on a chair staring at a Playstation screen. We don't get that in microcampus do we?

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My name is Leonard and I am a 10th grader (as of Nov 2016) studying at Shanghai American School. I stayed in Xizhou from March to April 2014. My Inquiry project was to study local plant and insect life. The reason I am studying this topic is because I have always been interested in ethology and ecology. Afterthoughts: Microcampus was a great way to step outside the bubble that I have insulated myself in for the entirety of my life. It was a unique experience, and I really got to experience life in rural China.