Lexi L. (Alumni-R)'s Journal

Why I came to Microcampus? There are so many possible answers to that questions. I am going to give the truthful one. I came to Microcampus for three reasons. First, I had just moved to China and I wanted to learn more about it. Second, I was told about this trip from an Alumni who enjoyed the trip. Third, I wanted to learn more about myself. 

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Today is day 25 out of 27 of our trip. That means that we are all counting down the days, hours, minutes, seconds left for this trip. Our group motto for right now is, "do not count the days but make the days count." We have all been working really hard on our Service Learning projects. We had our Mr. T's Pearls of Wisdom, which for today he is calling Nam Plau with is Thai for water.

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Today is day 24 of Microcampus. There are only 54 hours left. I cannot believe how fast this trip has gone by. Today we had a normal schedule, but that does not mean it was a normal day. Our Service Learning project are due tomorrow by 10 am and all of us are working so hard to finish on time. Jerry is the only person in our group who can speak, read, and write Chinese so he is doing most of the work. Anne-Marie and I are trying our best to help in as many ways as we can, but it is hard. We both really appreciate his effort and time commitment that he has put into this project.

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Today I worked on my Sharing My Learning portion of my Final Product. I decided to make a video of me reading a letter that I wrote to my 70-year-old self. I hope that when I am 70-years-old I will read this letter and remember this experience. While in the process of making my video, I realized a lot about my experience and my feelings about it. I am really sad that the trip is almost over and I do not want to leave. I am really upset that the trip went by so quickly. I wish that the trip would last a few weeks more.

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Today is day 21 of Microcampus! That means that we only have around a week left here in Xizhou. Not very much happened today because it was a normal schedule. I started to work on my Final Product Introduction. Tomorrow I will be starting on my Sharing My Learning where I will make a video of me reading my letter. I had a lot of work to do today so I was really busy. I checked all of my previous journals and went through my Phases. I updated anything that still needed to be updated.

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Today is day 20 of Microcampus! I am a mixture of happy and sad about how the trip is almost over. I am happy that I will get to see my family and friends soon, but sad that I am going to have to leave the place that has been my home for a month. Time just keeps passing. The first three weeks went by too quickly for me. I cannot wait to see what I accomplish in the coming week. Speaking of accomplishing things...

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Today is day 18 of Microcampus! Time has gone by so fast and I am sad that the trip has only a little over a week left. I have made new friends, tried new things, and learned so much. I do not see why this trip has to ever end. I feel like just yesterday we got off a plane and drove for an hour to Yang Zhuo Ran. I guess the saying, time flies when you are having fun, is true. Sadly. Even though the trip is almost over that does not mean that the work is too. Today we had to finish our Phase 4 work. We were given two hours to work on it.

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I am very stressed today because I have a lot of work to get done in not a lot of time. I know that I will be able to finish all of my work as long as I stay focused and on task. Today I have to submit my Phase 3 by the end of WIPPIS time. It is a lot of work but I am excited to see what I am capable of accomplishing in such little time. Tomorrow we get to know who gets to go on the Dali Old Town trip and who has to stay here.

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Today was a historical day for Microcampus! The Phantom of the Room Inspection came to visit us today. He is a friend of Mr. T. He comes once a week to check and see if our rooms are clean. When my roommates and I heard that he was coming today, we ran to our room to make sure it was clean. Even though it was already very clean, we wanted it to be perfect. We straightened out the fringe on our carpet, made sure that our beds did not have a single wrinkle on them, straightened our shoes to be 90˚, and even organized our closet spaces.

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Weekends at Microcampus tend to be laid back, but never boring. Today I woke up and couldn't stop smiling. I did not have a reason, all I had was the sun shining in through my window and the sounds of nature drowning out my alarm clock. With a plateful of pancakes and banana muffins, I ate in silence just thinking about what I wanted to do today. The cowgirl inside of my wishes that every morning could start out early with a plate of food, the sun shining, and endless nature out there waiting for me.

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We all get stressed. It is a natural feeling, especially for teens. There are ten of us here staying in one house for a month. Last night, the stress level went up really high. I was one of the people that got stressed last night. We were all working so hard and pushing ourselves to do our very best. We were aiming 10 feet high. And every time we missed we got upset. Sometimes it is okay to miss. Mr. Tafel told us that we have improved a lot lately and that he is proud of us. We still are doing this for ourselves, though, not for our teachers.

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Another song that I enjoy is called The Climb. It is about how life is going to try and stop you. Sometimes you are going to just want to move the mountains. In reality, you have to climb the mountain to see what is on the other side. Today I climbed a mountain and got to see what was on the other side. Today we reached our half way point on the mountain of Microcampus. I cannot yet tell if I will end up at the bottom of the mountain or at the summit. It is funny how songs can describe real life. Even though we didn't get to do very much today, I still had fun.

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One of my favorite songs is called A Drop in the Ocean. Some of the lyrics talk about wishing for something that will never come true, such as wishing for rain while you stand in the dessert. If you keep making wishes, standing in the same spot, and never moving forward, you will not get anywhere. If you are able to realize your mistakes and move forward then you are truly living. No one is perfect. Life is going to try to throw things in your way over and over and over again.

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Today is day 12 of Microcampus. The trip is almost halfway done. It has gone by so fast.  I had a lot of free time today so I mostly worked on my schedule because no one else was free. I spent some time to take care of Sofie. I got some really cute pictures of her!!! I spent some time taking pictures and just watching the villagers continue with their days. For my emotional wellness today I sketched. I saw an article that said that when you are sketching your brain is getting exercise. I drew some things that I saw in the village earlier this week.

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Today was the 11th day of Microcampus, YAY!!  I cannot believe that it is already the second week of Microcampus. The days have been going by so quickly. The trip is going to be over before I know it. Today I had teacher support with Ms. Chu. I got to talk to seven people today. I learned some pretty interesting things. I used to think that work and free time were separate. I now realize after talking to some locals that their jobs are their free time. Tonight I am watching Now You See Me with the rest of the group. This Friday we are all going to go camping. During Lunch Mr.

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Ha! Today, I officially proved my point that Rose Baba is the best. Today I went out for lunch with Claire, Imani, and Stella. We ate pizza and ROSE BABA. The owner of Old House Snacks is so nice. He always gives us discounts. Even though we leave extra money under our plates. We saw David again. He did not show us any magic tricks, like last time, but we talked a little and enjoyed our lunch.

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Before today I never realized that planning and understanding all of the components of physical, emotional, and social wellness is important. I use to think that just working out and mostly eating healthy was enough. Now, I know that when I plan and think about what the benefits of being "well" can make all the difference. Today we went over our wellness plans and reflected on how it has been helping us this past week. I realized that being fit and knowing that you are fit can make you happy.

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Not just history. What does that mean? It means that the past affects the present and the future. We might all laugh at what happened in the past, but really it means something bigger than we thought. Time is a confusing thing. For some people and hour could feel like five minutes, while for a different person an hour could feel like a lifetime. I am currently reading a book called Invisibility. It is about horrible things that have happened in the past that most people didn't even think could exist. Every night I read a chapter or two.

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Today we went on a field trip to a tie-dye factory and a wind farm. Half of the group went to the tie-dye factory and the other half went to the wind farm. There were two parts to the tie-dye trip. First we went to a factory, second, we went to a small business in someone's home. Both were amazing. I took pictures and asked some questions. I learned so much about tie-dye. I never knew how much work it took to make a single piece of tie-dye. I learned the process that is used to make the patterns and how they clean and dry all of the pieces.

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Another day at Microcampus! I have learned so much the past few days. I can not even begin to describe what a wonderful experience this has been so far. Yes, there have been ups and downs, but gladly more ups. Today I learned two new things. I learned that Tafel Fried Rice is the best fried rice in the entire world. Second I learned about finding slopes and using an equation to find the intercept of a variable.

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Today is day 5 of Microcampus! Today I talked to locals, went on a bike ride with Imani and Colin, skipped stones at lake Erhai, and watched some elderly people sing and dance at Si Fang Jie. I saw many beautiful and colorful things today. 

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Today was a new day at Microcampus. We started our normal schedules today. It was a challenge but it has helped me to understand the goals of Microcampus. The most interesting part was my Wellness. 

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I went on a biking trip today with the rest of the kids from Microcampus. We went over rules and SAFEty procedures. I never knew that there was so much to just one simple bike ride. I use to think about the big moments and what they meant. Mr. Tafel asked us to enjoy every single little moment, or the journey, instead of focusing on our goals.

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Today was my second day in Xizhou. I went on a tour of the Yang Zhuo Ran Linden House, and the village. I have learned so much already. I noticed that Mr. T already knows a lot of people from the village. Most of the people in the village are kind and are intrigued by what we are doing here. 

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Today we arrived in Xizhou! After a three hour flight and some airport food, we traveled to Xizhou. The Linden Center, our home for the next 27 days is absolutely beautiful. The staff is wonderful as well.

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Hi, I'm Lexi and I am 14 years old. I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. My family moved to Wisconsin when I was five. Last year, I moved to California. This summer, I moved to Shanghai. I have lived in three different states and two countries. I am so glad that I was able to spend 27 days in Xizhou. I learned so much. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was on the Revival Group for Microcampus. My group left Shanghai on November 19 for XiZhou. This experience was simply a life changer. I will never forget what I have learned on that trip.