John K. (Alumni-O)'s Journal

Microcampus, was a trip that I wanted to be a part of since 7th grade. I was interested because the whole concept of going out of Shanghai for 28 days was very unique. I could not sign up for the spring trip this time because my parents disagreed. However I somehow was able to convince them for the fall trip. In this trip I was looking forward for numerous take always and personal growth. I think I did make this trip useful and meaningful in life. 

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Today we all had a very chill day and just worked on wrapping up and looking back at what we did. We wrote our reflections in the morning, and wrapping up in the afternoon. I really enjoyed this trip and we finished all our work. Yesterday we had our sharing with the locals and it was very fun. Today we are going to have the jammies which is very like the grammys. Other than this we just have to pack up and leave this place.

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Today we are going to have a pretty chill day. We have one big event coming up today and it is sharing the service learning with the locals and our groupmates. We spent a fair amount of time on our service learning project and it the final product ended up as a really nice video. I enjoyed working with my group and they were really supportive and helpful. Unfortunatley Lao Mao, our service learning partner could not make it to our meeting due to his own schedule.

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This week is mainly focused on gratitude. We are creating a video that says thank you to the village, this project is called service learning. Our service learning partner is Lao Mao and he is currently an antique shop owner. He is a really interesting person. When he recorded the video he expressed his feelings about chairman Mao. He really admires him. This project is finished tomorrow and our group is well on track to finish it. Now there is only so less days for so much more experience.

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Today is our last week in Xizhou. Our daily meeting had a lot of concluding speeches such as how we are going to finish our final products. I finally finished my final product and I am waiting for the complete and approved message. Today was mainly about Service Learning. We edited our 30 minute film to a 3:30 minutes clip. After this we had to translate the text. Other than this we do not have any other big updates coming. For evening activity we are planning to watch a movie.

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Today we had to finish a lot of things. We needed our final product to be checked by Mr. Tafel and our Service Learning video recording ended at noon. Today was arguably the hardest working day in the Microcampus days. When I finished all the work it was dinner. After dinner we went on a horse cart ride. The horse cart ride was really nice. We went to the tongue of Er Hai to watch the view.

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Today I finished my script and started to plan my imovie. It was a very hard working day. The problem was that when I started to focus in one project I had to leave for another one. I had two technical difficulties today. My computer crashed for no reason while I was writing my script. This made me to spend more time to write the same thing. Also when we were recording our service learning partner, our camera went off so we lost the most important part. Today is not a good day, I hope tomorrow is better.

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Today I finally got completed and approved for my Phase 3. It felt really nice and now I am waiting for my Phase 4 to be completed and approved. Today some of our students will be going to Dali Old Town. I think our days are moving really fast because it is already day 19 and we have so much things are due in the next week. Today it started to rain and this is our second time we have rain laundry.

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Today is the day, everyone's Phase 3 is finally due today. At the end of our WIPPIS time we have to have our Phase 3 completed and approved or waitting for approval. I currently have 22 sources and the requirments is at least 25 sources. I am planning to go with Jake today to talk with the watch repairer and the old time dentists. If we have more time I can get one or two more people to talk to. This will make my Phase 3 have enough information.

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Nothing really happened today, everything was normal. There were no changes in our schedules. One thing that we were informed was that a lot of our big events are going to be due in a few days. We have our Phase 3 work done tomorrow, and we have our Phase 4 work due this Wednesday. We also have our service learning due next week.

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It is already day 16 and we are passed our half way line. The time is really flying in this place, I am almost there to finish my Phase 3. Now I have to learn a bit more information and I will be finished. Today it will be a very chill day. I will be preparing more questions for the inquiry projects. There are no big events today, we just have to write our wellness reflection and do the requirements for pitching in.

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Yesterday we had a five hour hike and it was stamina consuming. It was not tiring at all on the start, but after a few hours of non-stop hiking it became challenging. We were all tired and when we came back we had evening activity, contact parents and go to bed. Also because today is a Saturday we had the choice to sleep until 8:15. This was great because I got 10 hours of sleep. Today morning I felt all charged up and ready to resume. Today we are going to work on our service learning where we would go out and talk with other locals and getting to know them.

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Today we will be going on a hike! We won't have any time to work on our WIPPIS. However this would be a great and exciting trip. We are going to the Jade Belt and have our dinner at Si Fang Jie. I am not really nervous about this trip because my dad really likes to hike and when ever I am free we go on hikes, I do not really enjoy hiking, but I look forward for the view when we reach to our final destination. I will record what happened in the hike on tomorrow's journal.

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The past few days we were in dip. It was not a major, gigantic dip like the ones that we heard from Mr. Tafel. However it did affect everyone in the group and it was not great. Well starting from yesterday our whole group started to realize what was wrong and a lot of people helped others to fix their problems. A lot of conversation took place and that, I think was the key. Right now almost all of our group is in the green zone and I hope that at the end of this week or the start of the next week everyone gets into the green zone.

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After MAP testing we had our normal schedule. After lunch I spent some time playing pool with Orion and Justin it was my third time playing and it was surprisingly pretty entertaining. At one, I met Mrs. Mai at the first courtyard. Our schedule was to talk to Abiao, but then Abiao was not there. This was not a big problem for us because there was plenty of others that was very nice and had a lot of knowledge.

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Everything was fairly normal, except for the SAS essentials. We had to take the MAP test. If you are in Xizhou or if you are in Shanghai assessments do not change. It started at 8:05 at the conference room with Mr. Tafel's wonderful test janitor voice. Today the test was about language usage and we will have two more tests that are like this. Tomorrow we will have math and the day after tomorrow we have reading. This week will be a great workout week for my brains.

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It is already the second week of this trip. It is day 10 and the start is not as perfect as we thought it would be. In our lock-in Mr. Tafel told us about the average line graph of a Microcampus it goes like this. We start at 0 where it is all neutral then we start to go up the graph where he calls it the "honeymoon period" then there is a dip when the teachers give us the responsibility. Currently I feel like we are in the dip of that graph. Everything is a bit negative and down sided, everyone is a bit more gloomy than usual.

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Sleeping in a tent that is on a bumpy surface was not comfortable at all, but on the other hand it was an interesting trip. We went to the tongue of Erhai, it was about a 30 minute walk. When we arrived there we had our still time right next to the river with the insects and all kinds of plants. It was very shocking to see kids that were around 11 years olds smoking cigarettes while they were hanging out. Mr.

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It is our first normal Saturday in Microcampus. There are a few changes on the schedule than on the weekdays. For example we eat our breakfast at 7:30, but on weekends it starts at 8:15. Today we are going to camp for one night out near Erhai. I am very excited for this adventure because I really enjoy camping and I get to go explore more about the Erhai lake. Other than this there are no other big events. 

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Right now it is pretty early it is before our lunch time. I am writing it now because I will not have any more time for pitching in the afternoon. This is because today our schedule is a bit unique compared to prevoius days. We are going to a half day trip at 3:15, we are going to two different places spliting our group into two groups. Our final two locations are going to be the tie-dye facotry and the windmill farm. I chose to go to the tie-dye factory because it is one of the major traditions in Xizhou.

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Everything was pretty normal today, we had our normal schedule. There was one thing that challenged me which was getting myself into the zone which is 144-210 bpm. For wellness I was planning to go to the gym for the whole time, but when I was exercising in the gym my bpm did not increase at all. I knew that this was not going to work. I took my water bottle and went out for a run. I had to run for 30 minutes because our expectation was at least 30 minutes in zone. This was really difficult, but also refreshing.

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Right before we had our SAS Essential which is 8:15 we went up to the terrace to take our group photo which can be seen in our group homepage. It was around 8:00 when we went up. We were expecting a solar eclipse, but unfortunately we could not see it because looking at a solar eclipse directly with our naked eyes is very dangerous. Mr.

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This time for SAS essentials we started our LA project. Today was pretty normal which made it special because it was our first day being normal. Mr. Tafel and Mrs. Mai slowly started to give us the responsibility to move forward, for example giving us the freedom to choose where to go for wellness time. Our group Maya, Orian and I are planning to go on a bike today for the wellness time.

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We had a well paced morning, went out with to eat lunch. Then we had our heart rate monitors introduced by Mrs. Mai. It was a bit complicated but in the end we all mastered the uses. Now we can prove that we are in the zone to the teachers. Then we got to got out of the Centre with Mr. Tafel to rent our first bikes. The process of renting and signing in was a bit messy, but we had a great time on the trip and also during the still time. Now all of our O.R.E.O.

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Today our Microcampus students went to the hong qiao airport to take the airplane to Xizhou. In Xizhou we had to take another bus to our home, the Linden Centre. We were all tired from the long transportation, and after we got dinner we settled in and slept getting that good 9 hours of sleep.

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Group O.R.E.O had a great time in the lock in and I made a video of what we did you can check it out by clicking here.

 

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I was in the O.R.E.O. group and had a lot of fun. From this trip I changed in various ways. Also from my inquiry project I learnt about the impact of electricity in Xizhou. I have made relationships in Xizhou and it really helped me in the projects. I was born in Taiwan, but my parents are both Korean. Some of my hobbies that I enjoy doing are soccer and card tricks.