Angela C. (Alumni-S)'s Journal

As inconceivable as it is, today is the last day of Microcampus. The 28 days, 672 hours, or 40,320 minutes has gone by within the blink of an eye, and it is hard to grasp that we will be boarding a plane back to Shanghai soon. The whole experience in this village seems surreal now, akin to some type of dream; I could never compare my life back in Shanghai to every day here in Xizhou. 

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Day 27 of Microcampus is our last full day that we would spend here in Xizhou, and that somewhat blows my mind. I have not noticed as the past four weeks flew by, and insteaded only comprehended the fleetingness of this trip when it is almost ending. In the afternoon, Annie and I went around the village bidding our farewells and sharing our hugs with the villagers; it was truly an emotional afternoon.

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Day 25 of Microcampus is yet another day crossed out from the countdown to departure, and as the days progress, the departure date draws nearer and nearer. We were to finish our Service Learning videos today (which can also be accessed in full quality in the Microcampus hard drive) in preparation for the showcase tomorrow taking place at 3 in the afternoon. This evening, we had our rerun of Mr.

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On day 24 of Microcampus, we had the entire day to work on our Service Learning projects. Our group's movie is coming along relatively well and will be ready for Mr. T's Pearls of Wisdom tomorrow morning. 

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Day 23 of Microcampus was the final day of editing for our inquiry projects and the deadlines for our service learning storyboard. In the afternoon, Annie and I went to the tie-dye and embroidery store to experience making a piece of cloth ourselves.

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Day 22 of Microcampus was, for the lack of a better word, a big day. It was essentially our last significant timeframe to work on what is left of our final product and reflection before establishing final touches on the next day. I have cleared out some video footage and some media for making my final product, which is a short movie following my journey through the 28-day duration of my trip in Xizhou in terms of my inquiry project.

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Day 21 of Microcampus marks the closing of our SAS Essentials sessions, and one of our social studies requirements is to synthesize the notes that we took from a particular chapter in the Psychology 7th Edition textbook and dedicate a blog post to connecting what we had learned to our observations of Xizhou. The topic that I had chosen is thinking, language, and intelligence, which is a topic generally focused on the cognitive activities present when the brain analyzes situations, solve problems, make decisions, and uses language.

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On day 20 of Microcampus, we officially started our work for the final phase of our inquiry project, and this instant, we did a much more decent job on not stressing ourselves out more than necessary. During WIPPIS time in the afternoon, Annie and I played frisbee, volleyball, badminton, and hacky-sack in the parking lot outside Baochengfu, before walking down SifangJie and stopping at Mr. Ma and Ms. Ma's bakery. During still-time, which we spent on stools outside their shop, we watched Mr.

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On day 17 of Microcampus, we have our usual morning meeting and SAS Essentials sessions and execute the daily WIPPIS schedule in the afternoon. On the afternoon, though, I had wellness with Annie; on the way, we passed the Linden Centre to return a book that I had borrowed from the library on the Tea Horse Trail. During which we got distracted by a Chinese watercolor painter that was painting the white, sun-blocking wall in the centre's courtyard.

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After a stressful but profilic week and a night of paranoia, we arrived back in Baochengfu at nine in the morning. Until noon, we unpacked our tents in the courtyard for the morning moisture to dry off and raced to our rooms for a well-deserved shower.

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Day 15 of Microcampus was a Sunday dedicated to winding down and reflecting on the week's accomplishments. During today, nothing much happened except for a brief but interesting art introductory class on acrylic paint hosted by Gabbie and a clarifying walk-and-talk with Mr. Tafel on the hangers and hooks of my inquiry project.

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On day 14 of Microcampus, our group went on a hike in the mountains and camped after that. I had expected it to be much more exhilarating than what it had been, but that does not mean that the experience did not challenge me; however, it was still an experience that inspired personal growth, intercultural understanding, and positive impact.

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Day 10 of Microcampus was the first day back from a weekend of rest and recovery, and a productive one at that. I learned how to operate a tea set with Ms. Zhao and visited two more shops for information, so when it comes to inquiry productivity, I would say that today was extremely fruitful.

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On day 9 of Microcampus, it was the second day of a weekend of rest and recovery, during which all of us suffer immense boredom. In the afternoon, Annie and I went into the village to acquaint ourselves with the villagers and to take a look at what the village was selling.

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Today, which marks the ending of our first week in Xizhou, we had our introduction towards service learning, where students converse with an elder about his or herself, children, personal life, and his or her experiences during significant events in China's history (such as t

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On day 7 of Microcampus, one of the most interesting things we did was visit the wind farms and see a windmill up close. For the half-day field trip, a small number of the group paid a visit to the tie-dye and embroidery factory, while the rest went to the wind farm in the mountains. Mr.
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On day 6, we began our second day of digging deeper about our inquiry projects. It's been a productive afternoon, despite the not-so-good morning in which we had to be reminded to stay together. I met up with two new contacts—Mr. Yang and Mr. Dang.

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On day 4, we spent the most of our time in Linden Center because there was an electricity and water shortage back in Baochengfu; after a meeting hosted at the conference room, we walked around in Sifangjie to familiarize ourselves with some restaurants and shops that we would potentially want to pay a visit to, either for inquiry or meals.

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On day 3 of Microcampus, we had our first official SAS essentials session, and the committees we were a part of had gone to work. On the afternoon, one of the most memorable things that would stick out to me for the rest of the trip was our thirty minutes of still-time in the fields after our bike ride.

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On day 2 of Microcampus, we took a longer route around the village for a deeper comprehension about the directions, roads, meeting places, et cetera. During this time, we went to the bank and collected change, visited and overseen some stores and factories, tasted the food of the locals, and made conversation with various shop owners.

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On the first day of Microcampus, we had a hectic schedule; after gathering at 5:45 in the morning and embarking on a four-hour plane ride to Xizhou, we arrived at our home in Baochengfu. We spent most of our day unpacking and resting, but we did go on a walk down the village to briefly familiarize ourselves with the vague layout of the place.

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Hi! My name is Angela and I am a student from Shanghai American School. I was a part of the Superior Microcampus group, and staying at Xizhou for the all of March in 2017 was something I will never forget. It was one of the most difficult, frustrating, uncomfortable, and unforgettable opportunities I will ever have the honor of experiencing. I had learned so much values and knowledge over the course of those 28 days, and these lessons are what I will be carrying with me for the years to come.