Jerry X. (Alumni-R)'s Journal

So . . . Why did I come to Microcampus? In all honesty, I don't know. I was recommended by several students during seventh grade. Many of my friends have gone on this trip. It sounded very interesting, plus all the information sessions told me that, it encouraged personal growth, interactions with locals etc. I felt like it was the perfect trip for me. Plus a month out of school! Sounded perfect! 

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December 14th, day 26 in Microcampus. Today is our last full day in Microcampus, and the last night we sleep in our Xizhou home. We shared our Service Learning Project to whomever decides to come and we invited our partners to come as well. Our video was a little different from other groups. It took the path of telling other people the story and giving them a first person view of the Culture revolution and the hardest part of our partners life. It was quite emotional and I could tell that the audience was effectted quite strongly by the video.

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December 12th, the 24th day of microcampus. Service Learning project is taking forever and ever, in fact, that is the reason why I am posting this one day late. I was so busy that I forgot to post it. The entire morning, afternoon. I took a break after dinner because I found myself unable to focus. The service learning requires much more detail and attention than our Final Product. This is the time where we wrap everything up and generally everything gets thrown out the window one by one.

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December 11th , the 23rd day of Microcampus. Haha, yeah I am horrible with puns, I think I deserve a pun-ishment... (Drop the mic) Ok yeah enough with the bad puns, I will just jump to the pun-chline. Yeah, I am done, but the pun in the title was meant to say, that this may be the ending of Microcampus. It is not an ending to our lives, in shanghai and our lives. We keep talking about ending strong. But this is not an ending, it really is a new beginning. Yup, the most cliché thing that I can think of. Kind of true.

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December 10th, the 22nd day for Microcampus. Today the workload was pretty huge. The inquiry final product was supposed to be finished by tomorrow 10 AM. We would have an hour tomorrow, and that is it! I should've done a little more work yesterday but I did not think that the workload today would be this big. I am sort of a perfectionist but then again my standards for perfection are as low as they can be while still, I can call them "perfect".

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December 9th, the 21st day of Microcampus. During meetings, talks etc. I would always say that we are on a marathon, not a sprint. We cannot short sprints of adrenaline and become tired for the rest of the race. We need a consistent pace, a consistent pace of excellence and well behavior. There used to be a barrier, we were not ready for this. We were not trained in any way to prepare except for our other smaller exercises. But, I guess its ok to be a glow stick, I guess it is ok to break before we glow. We tripped and fell face first to the ground many times.

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Sohpie!!

December 8th, the 20th day of Microcampus. Today I was one of the days where I had a lot to do but not much to talk about. The 3-day process of our final product. Service Learning filming coming to an end. A lot of work, not much time. The reason why I made today's journal titled High Five! Was because today was the first day that I got a high five from the now 15-month baby of Mr. T and Ms. Mai.

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December 7th, day 19 of Microcampus. You cannot go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a new ending. Another quote for the day, our beginning of the trip wasn't all that great. Now we have changed our ending. The group in on a hike, all the way up the mountain of success. Today I finished my Phase 4, if you go take a look it is planning for a way to present my final project. I started and finished that today.

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December 6th, the 18th day of Microcampus. Today is where a lot of work is now due. Past 9 work days we have been gathering information from all our local contacts. Today was a very busy day, we had phase 3 due. That means that all our research and connections are done. We are now moving on past that into planning how to finish our final project. I don't think I am ready to move or that I will ever be ready to move on. I have made my own Xizhou baba today. It was quite interesting. Added in slightly too much sugar. All in all, good day!

Cheers

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December 5th, day 17 of Microcampus. Today we had a room inspector visit us, he dressed up almost exactly like Mr. T. I mean same shoes, same clothes, same pants, it is weird. It is almost like their the exact same person. (a big secret: they are!) It is a tradition that he would inspect our rooms and check if they are tidy and organized. Todays "inspection" was worth mentioning because we broke the record of the highest score in Microcampus history! Twice! Both the girls, (i think this room inspector is sexist-.-) achieving a score of 4.7 and 4.8.

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Jerry talking with locals in Xizhou

December 4th, the 16th day of Microcampus. Today we went out, again to find our Service Learning partner. This time, however was much bigger success than last time. We found four service learning partner (in hope), she agreed that we can film the interview with her. Our current plan is to interview her during pitching in time tomorrow. We will leave sometime before the final due date of which is December 14th. She was really nice and was willing to share some of her "not so happy" moments of her life. Mr.

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December 3rd, the 15th day of Microcampus. Today is also the start of our second weekend. Today we continued on a project we started last weekend. The title is also the title of this journal. Called service learning. It is where you go out to locals that have a certain age, and ask about their past, their childhood.

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December 2nd, the 14th day of Microcampus. Today we had a hike on quite a beautiful mountain. Our hike didn't go that high for altitude and didn't last that long either. It was a short 3-hour hike up and down. We ended up on in this Meiba village mosque.

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on the plane coming to Xizhou

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November 30th, the 12th day of Microcampus. Today is a little rough, again. Mr. T gave us crystal clear instructions, repeating each one many many many times. Yet I continued to ignore them. so, finally, Mr. T raised his voice which was really the only thing that seem to get our attention, and... I was the reason why. Mr.

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November 29th, the 11th day of Microcampus. Yesterday we had this really exciting Evening activity called the Mr. Ts All Star Whiz Bang Super Duper Trivia Night. We had 6 categories including People and Places; Natural World; Science and Tec;  Good Times; Hobbies; Games and Sports; Arts and Culture; T.M.I. .T.M.I Stands for Tafel, Mai, Information. We had 3 rounds, rules are similar to jeopardy rules, the first round each category has 1,2,3,4,5 point questions, the second round each point has 2,4,6,8,10 point questions.

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Xizhou view

November 28th of Microcampus, the first double-digit day of Microcampus. Today is also the first normal Monday we have had. Mondays... I hate Mondays. The sky doesn't seem to like it either, it was the first day that the skies were full of cloud. Not much sunlight. During SAS essentials on the morning, we had science as one of the subjects today. We were asked to measure the lux/light intensity of the sunlight. Normally the lux would be around 45k, today the lux measures were around 500. That kind of says something. Later on in the day it even started to rain.

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November 27th, the 9th day for Microcampus. Our first Sunday in Microcampus Revival group history! Much more chill and relaxing compared to the crazy weekday schedules. Much more down time and free time. It is crazy to think that so many have happened in the past week I can not imagine. We finally got to relax and actually have some free/downtime, I am checking out some memes and surfing the internet. In reflection of this week, I think it is quite successful, been having a good week. Sunday in Microcampus is the beginning of a week, hope all is well next week. 

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November 26th, day 8 of Microcampus. Things are starting to break down a little, things aren't going so well. I realized that I lost my phone during the windmill trip.

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A view under windmills

November 25th, day 7 of Microcampus. Today was very interesting and will be hard to forget. We had a field trip where we went to these HUGE windmills, and the view, as you can see was completely astonishing. The windmills itself, unfortunately, I did not get a picture of. The feeling I could not describe, but It is generally awesome. Imagine 30 meter long blades, the tip of the blade going at 30miles per hour. The wind blowing at you so strong. You standing above a vast land.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Though this year, Thanksgiving for me and 9 of my friends would be celebrated in a slightly different place. In Microcampus, there isn't a way to physically thank all of my teachers, but I did send emails. I honestly thank my parents, my friends and my teachers for everything they have done for me. Their patience, kindheartedness, was really incredible. I also would like to thank all of those in Microcampus. I can't imagine what it would be like to be alone here. Or if Mr.

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Xizhou view

November 23rd,  day 5 of Microcampus. Now that our schedules are set and on track, our work is up to date (mostly). During our evening schedule, there is something called still time. Still, time is where we sit still for half an hour and stare at a certain object. May sound boring to you but really the opportunity is great. It can really allow you to calm down and think. To someone who has been living in cities with towering skyscrapers and noise, sound, air pollution way over the top.

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November 22nd, our first proper day with a normal schedule! I got to go out and connect with plenty people when I was out for lunch, or the trip to linden center. Locals, for most the time are extremely open. When greeted they make eye contact, sometimes followed with a nod and constantly have a smile.  It's always great having talks to these strangers that you don't really know or understand but talking as if you were close friends. You are connected in no way other than that you are part of the same community.

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Where we went to on our bikes

November 21st, our 3rd day in Xizhou. Things are starting to go on the right track just not quite there yet. We are still catching up on journals, daily video shout-outs etc. One thing that really stood out for me was we had our bike license test today. Which meant that we as a group of nine, went out on our new bikes with beautiful shining life vests. We went over plenty of fields and bumpy gravel roads, over lakesides and some great sites.

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November 20th, 2016. Our second day in Xizhou. We started to get to familiarize with the surroundings. Yang Zhou Ran, (where we live) Our village, and at the end of the day, we went to the biggest linden center, 喜林院, (Xi Lin Yuan). On the way there we saw Venus which I was mistaken to be a bright star. Sadly we didn't have any telescopes good enough to view Venus. Later on, we went to a terrace inside of the linden center and turned off all off the lights. The view was ... astonishing. Stars. So, so many stars. Stars uncountable.

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After waking up extremely early on a Saturday morning, we arrived at the airport at 5:45. Half awake, half asleep. This is when it all began. Where our parents, teachers all step back and let us handle things on our own. To leave the bubble of our parents, where they would always clean up our mess, gently pick us up the same way you would pick up a baby, and set us back on track. No more taking everything for granted, having subways and taxi everywhere at your disposal. No. No more Starbucks or Pizza hut. Welcome, to Microcampus. This is where you live up to the actions you take.

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Hi everyone, My name is Jerry. I'm 13 and quite tall for the age, yet light for the height. I've traveled through a lot of places in China, Although most of the places are cities with towering skyscrapers and the sound of traffic. I want to try something a little different this time. So I have decided to join the Revival group of Microcampus. It was fun and very exciting to participate in. I faced many problems, many challenges, a lot of hate from my group mates. But it is how I overcome those challenges and problems that made this unique, and forever in my memory.