Jack Y. (Alumni-L)'s Journal

Many people, such as my parents, asked me why I wanted to go to Microcampus. There is many reasons why that I want to come here. Firstly to break outside the bubble. Second, I want to be more independent. Third is to enjoy the enviroment here in Xizhou. I always heard from my friend that have been on Microcampus before that the sky is full of stars. The list goes on almost forever. I have been outside of the bubble for a whole month here on Microcampus, and I have achieved many stuffs by doing that.

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On Day 26 we shared our services learning video to our parture. We plan to start our services learning sharing at three 0' clock. However, she showed up at around 14:00 because she needs to leave at 15:00. We quickly told the others to get their services learning parture so we could start showing them the video. She was dressed in Bai clothing, and she was performing the Bai dance in the main court yard.

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There is only three more final day of Microcampus left, and I need to make the day count. Today, our services learning video is due, and tomorrow, we need to invite our services learning partner and share the video together.

We work on our services learning for most of our day, and we have finished it as planed. When we were visting our services learning partner, I bought a purse from her. It was beautifully made using strings and it closes by a flick.

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Today is just a regular day with a regular weekend schedule. It is also a day where we need to finish most of our share of understand in the final product section in inquiry. However, I am still sick in and won't be able to hangout with other Microcampus students. Todays schedule is pretty much, rest, inquiry, eat then rest inquiry rest. I got better when is it coming close to night time and I think that I will be fully recovered tomorrow.

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Todays is the only 4 days that we got to work on our final product. I personally think that the final product is the hardest part of the trip. For our final product, we put all the information that we have learned about our project together into one organized phase. We need to make a short video, and write a essay on the information that we have gathered, and after that, we write our reflections. today I have finished my intro to my final product and my short video.

We are also are going to finish the hair spray film. However, I got sick and have to skip that.

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Yesterday we have finished our Phase 3, and today we only need to finish Phase 4 for our inquiry time. In Phase 4, we need to outline our final product, which is due on Monday, and to do that we need to make a blue print of our finial product.

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Today we went on to Dali Oldtown for evening activity, and we also have finished our Phase 3 work. Our Phase 3 is our ticket into Dali Oldtown.

The super-intendant and the curriculum director have visited us from Shanghai yesterday, but they are going to leave tomorrow. At today's daily meeting, they filmed and participant in our meeting.

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Today was the last day of May holiday, that means that Xizhou is crowed with tourist. When I was at lunch at SFJ, I feel like to eat some Xizhou BaBa, however, they said that I will need to wait for more than 45 minutes because their is some many tourist who order before me. The May holiday give  me a idea of my topic for water usage, go around of lake Erhai and ask about how the tourist Instinct changed lake Erhai, or their water usage.

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It is our first day that we got back for the hike, is it will be a work & rest day. It has been a long three day hike, and it is finally time for rest. However, today, we have our math test and our humanities journal is due. It is going to be a long day. 

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 Today at 6:55, Mr. T woke us up in order for us to see the morning sunrise. We were sitting on the mountain for a 20 minutes still time and to see the sunrise. The sunrise is beautiful, then I said to my self "it is going to be a new day"

Todays hike is to hike down back to Xizhou, it is going to be a six hours hike down. I am sad that we have to leave the top of the mountain, it was quite and beautiful. For breakfast we eat corns and noddles. After finishing our breakfast, we pack our backpacks and are ready for the hike down.

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Yesterday was the longest hike that we have on Microcampus, but our hike is not over. 

Todays hike is to reach to the of the mountains. Mr. T told us that today might be the hardest hike or the easiest hike. Todays hike, we will reach a higher attitude and a higher incline. However, it is only going to be a four hour hike. When we reach a higher attitude, we experienced lower oxygen level, which means it harder to breath, that is the hardest part of our hike. 

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Today is our room laundry day. After seven days without laundry, I was running our of cloth to wear. We were supposed to have our Laundry day yesterday. However, the girls accidently took our spot, so we need to wait for one more day for laundry. For todays WIPPIS schedule I am arranged with Cameron and

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It is now the first day of week two. Week one had been an exciting week, but we now need to move on. Today we come back from our camping trip at the tongue of Erhai. 

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MaJiang is a traditional Chinese game, today is my first time playing Ma Jiang. I was told that MaJiang is a really fun game. However, I did not know what it is about. Back in Shanghai, I see elders play MaJiang outside shops, in their houses and many other places. When I look at how they are playing, I was so confused what they are doing that I was standing there for a half a hour before I give up. Now, I have friends at Microcampus who knows how to teach me to play MaJiang. 
 

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As part of our Humanities work in Microcampus, we need to create a blog entries about the seven elements of culture. 

 

Since day one to day seven at Microcampus, I have realized the world here is a totally different than shanghai. At the time we have enter the border of Xizhou, I have realized the different in architecture, clothing and economic system. After exploring Xizhou, I realized that the economic system changed the most, so I will like to focus on that for this blog. 

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As part of our Humanities work in Microcampus, we need to create a blog entries about the seven elements of culture. 

 

Since day one to day seven at Microcampus, I have realized the world here is a totally different than shanghai. At the time we have enter the border of Xizhou, I have realized the different in architecture, clothing and economic system. After exploring Xizhou, I realized that the economic system changed the most, so I will like to focus on that for this blog. 

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Today, Cameron, Alex L. and I went for a run after lunch for our wellness. It was right after lunch so we had to walk for the first ten minutes because if we ran in the start, we would have gotten stomach aches. After walking for about ten minutes, we decide to go to Happy Embroidery to do our pushups and jumping jacks. However, We got lost in mid way. Lucky, we found ourselves straight at Si Fang Jie.

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Today, Cameron and I went on a trip to the wind mill for our half day trip in the afternoon. After dropping off the other people on my Microcampus group, Cameron and I went up to the wind mill where the reusable energy is generated. It been a long day after finishing our Phase 2 inquiry project. After we arrived at the wind mill, Mr. Tafel told us not to look up at the wind mill on till we are right next to it.

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Today is the first official day for Microcampus, where we have our first official schedule run through. In the morning, I woke up wanting to see the sunrise. However, I missed it, also I have finished my House of Mango Street Vignette for humanities.

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Today is the first day that we have our inquiry work and SAS essentials. However, the afternoon was the highlight of the day. During that time, we went on our bike ride around the outside of Xizhou where we learnt different life lessons. For example, create a balance of social and educational life and always remember to take risks, with a certain amount of precautions. We also had our first still time, where I contemplated about the beatiful scenery. When we got back, I also interviewed Ms. Mai, Mr. T, Cecily, and Mr. and Mrs. Linden, for my 3 to 5 interviews.

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For all we know, we are only guestes right here in Xizhou. However, we will not be guests for long. Today's goal was to learn more about the Linden Center and learn more about the village.

After eating breakfast, we went on a tour in the Linden Center, where learn that what purpous is for each room. After that, we went into the village to explore or to know all the important places in Xizhou.

After that, we went to Sifang Jie, where I eat my first Xizhou baba.

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After waking up at four o'clock in the morning, I was excited to go to Xizhou for Kunming. "It is going to be a long day," I said to myself. "It is going to be a three hours bus ride and 6-10 hours of bus ride."

After meeting all my friends, we went on the plane. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Before I knew it, we arrived at Kunming. After I brought food for and my travel buddy, Cameron, and me, we were ready for the six to ten hours bus ride.

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Hi guys, I am Jack Y. I am a Microcampus student and I was at Xizhou. I have a brother named Jerry and I also have a sister named Amelia. I like Microcampus because it takes me outside of my personal bubble, and I also like my project, which is Water usage/treatment. Microcampus have helped me understand a lot of things, I also understand myself better than before.