Kate W. (Alumni-D)'s Journal

Tonight was super fun. One of the best nights ever! The jammies were really cool and I won a few awards. I am ready to stay another month here, but at the same time I am ready to go home to my own bed and my closet. I can not believe that this is our last night sleeping in Yang Zhou Ran. I am really going to miss it here and being a part of the big microcampus family. I hope that we are going to have a reunion. Its going to be great getting to go see the other half of our group. It's kind of weird, but I am ready to go back to school and get back in the flow of it.

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Why did I come on Microcampus? At first my parents were going to make me come because they thought that it would be a great learning experience. I did not want to come at all because I thought that I was going to fall behind on my work. But as I started to look in on the Microcampus website and started learning more about it from my friends who had gone. I could not wait to go. And when I found out that I had been accepted to go on this trip, I was super happy and ready to start the work. We were given so much freedom here to make our own schedule.

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I finished my Inquiry Project today. I am so happy that all of that stress is over and I am so happy with all the great work I had made. I'm so proud that I learnt all of this information. I got to go back to the temple today to get some more pictures for my iMovie and I also got a picture with Ms. Ni which was pretty cool because my whole Inquiry Project was really based around her knowledge of the temple. I was really happy that she let me take a picture with her.

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Today we had sort of a last day of working on our inquriy project. We get to work on it tomorrow. But today was like the last FULL day. I am really proud of the work I have done and I am happy with my final product. I loved being able to learn about the history of the Da Ci Si Temple. It was really really fun and I had a lot of fun with it. I am not ready to leave because there is still so much that I could learn here about my topic. Its so great being here. It has been a bit colder here. But it's really nice to be in some nice cold wether after being in a long hot summer.

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Today we at this really good cake that Anna and Gayatri made. It was like a brownie thing with snickers ontop. SOOO good. They are really good cooks. Also tonight we had a little badmitton game. Also we played a bit of Apple To Apples. It was a really fun night because I felt like I connected with the Pudong kids a bit more. I am really not ready to leave. Only five more days left. It really isn't enough. Being in Xizhou has been really cool and life changing. Today my group also finnished interviewing our Service Learning Partner.

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Today was a really chill Saturday. We got to sleep in which was really nice. Today we got to work with our service learning partner, but mine was busy, so my group worked on SAS homework and we are going to meet up with our service learning partner tomorrow. Finally today I got to do my laundry. I had been waiting since the end of the hike. It was so nice to be able to go and get the laundry done. Just thinking that we only have a few days left here is so sad. I really love it here and I'm not ready to leave yet.

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Today I am so happy that it is Friday. I can not wait to be able to sleep in. Today was like any normal day. And I am almost done with all of my SAS homework. I was really proud of myself today because I acomplished my goal of finnishing all my math. Today was a bit tiring but the week full of work was really worth it. And to think that we finnished our phase 3 and got back from a hike this week is really cool. Also tonight we had Girls Night In and Guys Night Out. The girls stayed at Yang Zhou Ran and watched some movies; All About Steve and then we watched Romona & Bezus.

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We had a really fun horse cart ride today. We were told that we would have a reflection time. And then when the time came, they told us that we were actually going to have an hour long horse cart ride. It was really fun because the people on my horse cart were Chuli, Rory, Kate J, Aneka, Andre, Matt, Jeffrey, Bryce and me. It was really fun cause we just got to talk and listen to music. I also got to drive the horse it was really fun. And then the horse kind of pooped on Rory's foot which was pretty funny. Also today we finnished our phase 3 and also finnished our phase 4.

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Today we got to go to Dali Old Town as sort of our reward for getting our Phase 3 done. It was really fun. Kate J, Chuli and I went to have some Jiao Zi and then we went to this great place called Sweet Tooth and got some great desserets. Kate J actually got to hold this adorable little puppy and then so did I. It was so cute. After Sweet Tooth we just walked around shopping for our friends and family back home. And then we had some great cotton candy it was really good. While walking around, Kate and I wanted to take a picture with a Mickey Mouse. It was really fun and cute.

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Today I had a big break through. This is because I chose to narrow down my topic to just one temple and it's history. Today I went with Mr. T to the Da Ci Si Temple. And we went up these steps in one of the buildings and it was absolutely beautiful. This temple has so much history behind it. Part of it is 300 years old and it had lived through the Cultural Revolution. When you first walk in through the doors, the first thing you see is a scratched up painting of Chairman Mao and Lin Biao. And as I had a closer look Mr. T pointed out that there was some bullet holes in the picture.

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I love being here and it's just amazing. I do not want to leave. The air is fresh, the people are super nice, and there are so many new things to see everyday. Being in Xizhou gives us a lot of freedom to do what we really want to do. We make our own schedule for during WIPPIT time. Also it's really cool because as the students are learning, so are the teachers.

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Today we took a long hike down the mountain. This hike took around 6 hours and was really fun to be able to come back to home. We had a big dinner and the Michells were here for their holiday break. Today was really tiring but was worth it once we got back home. Our favorite types of food were ready for us to come and eat. It was really fun. But before we got to go home we had a hard time getting to the path. We had to go through the streams and an alternaitive path and had to find our own way out. It was very interesting. But we made it through with some wet shoes and pants.

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Today was by far the most amazing day! It took us around 2 hours to get to this site and when we got here it was just like, WOW. All this tiring hiking wasn't for nothing. It was an amazing site while standing on top if the mountain. And when we went down and got to our campsite, we had a lot of time just to set up our tents and just roam around the area. There were mules, goats, sheep, dogs, chickens and yak all on the same land as us. It was so cool cause as the day went by the yaks were only about 20 feet away from my tent!

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We had a great time today. We had to wake up for breakfast at 6:30 and then head out. But during the beginning we had to walk up and down on the hills of the mountain for around 8 hours just to get to our spot for dinner. By the end of the day we had gone from 1943 meters above sea level to 2900 meters above sea level. So we made a lot of progress. During today we had to become very mentally fit rather than physically fit. This is because if we can tell ourselves that we can do something, then we can. We had to keep pushing ourselves forward to finally reach our destination.

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We had a great time camping out. But it was a bit tiring today. I got to go to 2 other temples today with Mrs. Mai and Annalise. It was really interesting because I learnt so much. The temples were really different than eachother so it was really cool to see. I had a great time today. Also I got to know Mrs. Mai and Annalise much better. Also today we had an adventure when coming back from the campout site. It all worked out in the end though.

I got to learn a lot today about the people and about my topic. So today was a tiring but a great day.

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Today we went camping. It was a lot of fun. I shared a tent with Chuli R. And we were the first to put up and take down the tent. It was a lot of fun that night because we got to sit under the stars and put up tents. Sadly the sky was a bit cloudy, so it was a bit hard to see the stars that night. But overall it was a great night.

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Today was normal but still great. We had a good breakfast, lunch and dinner. And today I went with Xiaotang to Ba Mu Si and learnt some new things about the temple. And then after that we started talking to these older women. It was really cool and I got a few pictures with them. After that I went and did my Wellness for 30 minutes which was pretty good.

Today I enjoyed Inquiry Time. Also chill out tonight was really nice and let us just hangout, talk to family and get to know eachother even better. It was great.

Today was a really good day.

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During the day today was an average normal day. A bit tiring. But during the evening we got to have an awesome triva night.

During the triva we got to test our skills and knowledge about the world. It was really fun because it was very competitve and the answers and questions were really cool, weird and funny. We had some very interesting team costumes. Sadly my team did not win the triva but it was really fun and awesome. We also go to hear Mr. T's really weirdly cool impersonations of tv show hosts.

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Today we got to sleep in again. So it was really nice to have another day of rest.

Chuli, and I went to do our laundry and it was very interesting seeing chuli ride a bike while carrying a little bowl of rice. Today was just a chill day that was really nice and relaxing. Also today we did our first Wellness Plan Relfection. We will be doing these every Sunday of the week. During this time we write about our Emotional Wellness, Physical Wellness and Social Wellnes. The reflect on how we are feeling stress wise and also about our health.

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Today we got to go to Dali Old Town today for the evening. We split up into groups of around 5 and we were given the freedom to just rome around and find a place to eat and to maybe buy items.

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Today Chuli, Mr. T, Fay and I went to two temples and got to learn many things. I think that was really fun to watch, were these three 10 year old boys who were cooking a rabbit in the temple called Ba Mu Si. These boys had caught and killed the rabbit themselves. We stood there watching and talking to them for around 10 minutes as they were cooking their rabbit that they were going to go eat. Today I also faced 2 fears. I stood underneath this tree that had many spiders and their own webs.

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Today's bike ride that lasted for 2 hours was really fun. We got to go see some things that I had never really seen before and that can really help me with my Inquiry Project.

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Today we had our first WIPPIT. This stands for Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In and Terrace Time. I found that my favorite time was Terrace time and Wellness.

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Today we got to have a terrace time. Today we all went to the Lindin Center to go on the terrace that just has an AMAZING view. Just sitting quietly for around 15 minutes can change a persons perspective. You hear everything and you see the world in a different way becuase you observe it more. I think that I'm going to love doing that every day. Also I think that this time is a great time to just think about life and also its a good time to just forget everything. I think that this is going to be my favorite time of the day.

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Today we woke up and went to breakfast at 7:30 where the food was really good. Also then we split up into two groups. One group went to take a tour of the town. And then the other group stayed at YZR to work on their Inquiry Project. After that, we then went to lunch and got to choose the place that we wanted to eat. My friends and I went to Mr. Yangs resturant to eat some great food. After that we switched who went where. One group when to the tour of the town and the other stayed at YZR. After awhile of walking around town it started to down pour.

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We traveled the whole entire day. We took a 3 hour ish plane ride and then we had a 7ish hour bus ride to Yang Zhong Ran. It was very tiring but it was completely worth it once we walked throught the doors of Yang Zhong Ran (our home). It is beautiful here and I love it and was all ready to call it home. That night we had an amazing dinner. That night we also got to choose our rooms and our roomates. Then we got to skype and contact our parents. Overall the travel wasn't very fun but it was all worth it when we finally reached Yang Zhong Ran. I'm happy to call this place home.

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On Friday August 22, 2013, the Puxi and Pudong students met up for the first time in person. The overnighter was fun. We had an interesting time trying to order pizza. I really liked being able to meet the other 10 people who I was going to stay with for a month during this awesome Microcampus trip. The Pudong students were really welcoming to us Puxi students. It was really fun being able to joke around and talk with the Pudong students. Group Dynamite is going to awesome. I really can't wait to be with the Dynamite group for a month. It will be really fun.

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Hi, my name is Kate and I am 13 years old. I am originally from Houston, Texas. But I have lived in Texas, Dubai and Shanghai. I loved being a part of the Microcampus group. It was an amazing experience. I think that everyone should join Microcampus if they are given the chance. I had a great time here and at the end I was ready to spend another month in Xizhou. So much fun.