Shirley T. (Alumni-F)'s Journal

In the very very beginning, when the Dynamite group came to Xizhou, I did not want to come to this trip at all. I thought that this trip is super scary, with a lot of stressful work. But, after they came back, they told so many great adventures that happened here. It seemed like they had an awesome time, and that they learned a lot as well. So, I kind of wanted to go. Later, when we watched a presentation (done by Mr. T) on Microcampus, that really peaked my interest.

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Mission Accomplished: showing our Service Learning partner her video! Yay! We could not show Hong Nai Nai the video on the day of the presentation, because she had to attend a funeral. So, we showed her the day after the presentation. First, we gave her the fruits that the Linden Center provided. Then, we sat down with her in her home, and watched the video together. I was not super sure how she felt about the video, but she just kind of stared at the screen.

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Today is the last day of Service Learning! At around 3:00pm, we had a presentation of all of the videos. Sadly, our Service Learning partner could not come, because she had to attend a funeral today. Only one group had their Service Learning person come. The rest of the Service Learning partners were all busy. Other than the Service Learning partner, some Linden staff people came, and Mr. Linden and his son, Bryce, came, too. Overall, the videos were all pretty good.

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Today was the first rainy day of the Fearless Microcampus group. I felt kind of gloomy because of it, and had a weird craving for Chopin and Liszt music. It was basically drizzling the whole day, and will keep drizzling until the day we leave, which is Friday. Mr. T suggested that we go onto the Terrace to feel the rain. I went there sometime after the Daily Meeting. It was an interesting, and wonderful sensation, with the rain pattering against me, and the wind trying to blow me away. I felt like I was struggling with the forces of nature.

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YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYYYYY!! Today we finally found a service learning partner!! Yes, yes!! WOOT! *dances dances* So, today we went to Hong Nai Nai's house in the afternoon. I prepared some tangerines to bring to her, and we all went at around 1:15pm. We found her sitting on the stairs near her home, so we sat next to her, gave her the tangerines, and small-talked for a while. Then, I finally asked her if she would allow us to video her, and she was very hesitant, and kept saying no.

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SERVICE LEARNING!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!! Service Learning Sniff, we still have not found a service learning partner, but we are I feel we are really close. There is this elder woman, Hong Nai Nai (nai nai meaning "grandma"), who is around 65 years old. I always saw her sitting in front of her door on the way to Sifang Jie, so I said "hi" to her every time. Then, on Monday, when Ms. Mai and I came back from chaperoning, we went in and talked to her for around 15 mins.

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This is my third Humanities journal for SAS schoolwork. It is about UDHR Article 16 (The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society), and how the community in Xizhou supports it. 

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This is my second Humanities journal entry for SAS homework. This is about the UDHR Article 27: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits, and how the Xizhou community fulfills this Article. 

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In Microcampus, learning is very different from the way we learn in Shanghai. In Shanghai, we learn by getting facts from a teacher, and then either making a project, or taking a test. But here in Xizhou, learning is more than just getting facts. We have to actually find our own facts, and we also learn through the experiences of harder challenges. Our group learned how to learn in Microcampus. First, we learned that learning is very difficult. It is quite challenging to find people around the village to talk to about our topic.

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Today was the last day of the hike. I was sad because we would be leaving the beautiful mountain area (and we would have to climb down with our HUGE hiking backpacks), but I was also happy because a warm shower would be waiting for us down at the Linden Center. The first half of the day was really chill, where we packed our bags, ate lunch, and put the tent back into its bag. Then, we started travelling down the mountain, back to the bus to take us back. It was okay.

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A new, exciting day, with cold feet from the night. I slept only soso, because I had to keep adding layers of clothing to keep myself warm. In the end, only my feet were cold. The hike today was so much awesome-er, because we only needed to carry small day packs, instead of our hiking packs. The weather was beautiful, with fluffy clouds sprayed across the sky. I personally think the first part of the hike today was the most tiring. That part was walking up the steep temple stairs. Then, it reached a harder part, where it was not stairs, but just a natural trail climbing up (also steeply).

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Today we went on the first day of the three day hike! It was quite fun, yet sometimes super exhausting and annoying. First, we travelled by bus to the base of the mountain. On the bus ride, we gave each other radio-handles. In no order:

Me: Strawberry shortcake

Kat: Kit kat

Jing rong: Jingle bells

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This is my second Science journal for my school SAS homework. I am talking about Genetics again, because I felt that I lacked a bit of this part in the first journal. Also, Mr. T's famous Genetics Talk was very interesting, so I wrote some about it.  

Genetics 

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Today Kat, Daniel, and I went to visit 88 yr old Mr. Dong for our inquiry projects. But, the knowledge we achieved was not at all expected. Daniel went first and I helped ask Mr. Dong about his topic. Then, Mr. Dong said that he was basically the co-founder of the first DongJing musical performance ever. He even showed us the original manuscript for the songs he wrote! I felt so in awe, and felt it was super awesome. Then, he described some of the history of China.

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Right now, I am kind of not sure what direction I should go for my inquiry project so far. I kind of feel like I am in a dark cave with a lot of different tunnel options that I could take. Mr. T gave me the idea of questioning the effectiveness of TCM, WM, or something else, but I still am not sure. I am still gathering information from local people, and am trying to think a hanger, or main idea, for my final product.

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Today I went with Mr. T to go to interview some local elders about my topic in the local garden near the temple, for my inquiry project. But Mr. T pulled us aside to talk to this woman named Ms. Ma, who owned one of the Jade stores near Sifang Jie. She told me some information about local viewpoints, a couple of her own opinions. She is the first person so far who likes to use both Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ms.

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The first Baba festival took place today. There were dancers in traditional clothing dancing in the middle of Sifang Jie, with Linden Center people behind them holding the Baba making. Eirean and I wanted to make Babas, but we had to wait for 10 minutes. I saw that the dancers were all in a circle, and they were telling people to come join them. I wanted to join, but Eirean and Kat did not want to, so I did not go.

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Today we went biking with our huge hiking backpacks to the tongue of Erhai Lake. It is like this peninsula that sticks out of the side of the lake. It was around 7:00 or 8:00pm where we went, and after a couple of minutes, it was already dark. We had a very bad surprise of biking through this huge puddle of muddy water. It wasn't even a puddle, it was basically just this road that was flooded with water. Thankfully the puddle was only around 10 meters long, and nobody fell in. But, some people did have wet, squishy shoes.

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In the morning, we all headed to Sifang Jie to see the CNY celebrations. It was quite crowded, and the atmosphere was very cheerful and celebratory. It was funny, because three music groups were playing at the same time. It was almost like they were competing with each other. One music group was outstanding; all of the people were local elders, and they all played their own individual instrument. There was also a dragon dance, where the people in it were also local people.

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This journal is a part of my Science homework. I was supposed to observe the community, and the surroundings of Xizhou. The four categories are what the journal are mainly focused on. 

Sustainability: 

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Today we went on a two hour biking trip during WIPPIT time. It was very, VERY tiring. I went on the second trip. We first biked to Lake Erhai, then went along it, passed a mosque, and then turned uphill towards the mountains. The most exhausting part was the way towards the mountains. The road changed occasionally from gravel, to rocks everywhere. It was very hard to bike, and at least two people slipped. I had a couple of times when I almost slipped, too, so I was super careful. After we turned away from the mountains, and biked on smooth road, it felt like heaven.

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One of the biggest activities we did was painting a wall near the Linden Center. It was for a group that was trying to create a positive impact on the environment in Xizhou. They want to preserve the nature of it. We used lime to paint it over the yellowing walls. First, we wore a raincoat, cap, and gloves to block away the paint. Then, we mixed the lime around, because most of the water was at the top, while the denser part was at the bottom. After, we brought buckets of lime to the wall and started to paint.

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Most of our day today was spent on the plane and the bus ride. The plane passed with me having a deep conversation with Mr. T about how he started Microcampus. I felt very accomplished when I had successfully ordered KFC for my partner Eirean, and I. I did not mess up the orders, we had enough money, and we thankfully did not spill any of the food.

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The Lock In yesterday and today was so fun, and we learned a lot more about the actual trip. We talked as a group on the learning components of the trip, how our schedule will be like every day, and more. I have learned that we have a lot of situations where we'll have to use our own skills to accomplish. Mr. T said that we would encounter a lot of challenges there, but we already encountered a challenge yesterday. The pizza we ordered was only 1 pepperoni and 1 cheese with drinks, instead of EIGHT pepperoni and 1 cheese.

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Hey my name is Shirley, I am a student from SAS Pudong. I used to live in Minnesota, USA, then moved to Suzhou, China, and finally to Shanghai. I am Chinese American, with black hair, brown eyes, at the age of 13. I like to make any kind of arts and crafts, be crazy with my BFFs, and read fanfiction. I also play piano as a hobby. I may seem quiet at first, but if you get to know me really really well I start to talk a lot. I am a survivor of the Fearless Microcampus group! I am glad that I experienced this trip, because I grew a lot as a person, and I learned a lot of life lessons as well. I hope the groups coming later will enjoy this experience as much as I did, and that they will be nice to Mr. T and Ms. Mai! Now, I shall have fun being an Alumni.