Jason M. (Alumni-T)'s Journal

When someone like me saw an opportunity like Microcampus, I overlooked it. I had a couple of friends who attended the Winter Microcampus Trip as the Revival group (i.e Jerry X., Kevin G.) and they said that I should go. I, however, could not decide. Originally, I was planning on not going to Microcampus. There are several reasons for why I had this choice, the main one being I did not want to get out of my comfort zone.

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Today is the last full day of Microcampus and it is definitely something that I am going to remember. Today was mainly spent wrapping things up. Firstly, I went over all of my projects to make sure that they were completed and approved. Then I started to do these things called Buddy Checks. The point of Buddy Checks is to make sure that the others in the group are also caught up in the process. After having all of my tasks completed, I started to get ready to eat out with my Service Learning partner, Mr.

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After the completion of our Service Learning video, it was time for it to be shown to our audience as well as our partner: Yang Ye Ye. Luckily he was in good shape when we asked him if he would come. This is because when Mr. Yang's children are with him, it typically means that he is suffering health issues (Cerebral Insufficiency), and his children were with him.

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Today was one of the busiest days that I have ever had at Microcampus. This day was spent working on Service Learning, and tons of effort went into it. Firstly, when I woke up in the morning, I had a couple of hours to work on my Service Learning with Audrey before our first "Pearls of Wisdom" session. Unfortunately, the first session did not go incredibly well.

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Today was an incredibly busy day. Firstly, SAS Essentials has ended, and it has been replaced with Inquiry Project work and Service Learning work. I have finished my Inquiry Project, and if you want to see it, you can click here. Because I finished my Inquiry work, I spent the whole day working on Service Learning, and it is definitely some tough work. After having our conversation with our Service Learning partner, I had to sift through tons of information to find the right bits and pieces.

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Today was an amazing day. Firstly, Marco and I filmed our Daily Video shoutout, and that will be posted up tomorrow. Aside from that, I finished my video for my Final Product phase today and received my "Pearls of Wisdom" from Mr. T. After receiving my feedback, I went out to make sure that I got all the information required for my Service Learning video. Mr. Yang was incredibly kind today, he offered us to sit with him and his daughter to talk.

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Today was a great day. Firstly, Audrey (the other group member of my SL team) and I went over to Chengdong to meet our Service Learning Partner: Mr. Yang. We had a 30-minute conversation with him, and we also built upon our friendship. He invited us to tea and even offered to treat us to a meal. Mr. Yang is an incredibly kind person, and he is always happy to see us. Every single day we see him, we are invited to his house and given a very friendly welcome. I enjoy his presence and his sense of humor, too.

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Last night was an experience that I will not forget. When was the last time that you rode a horse cart? I know for sure that I have never ridden one before, because when do you ever see a horse cart in Shanghai? Not only was the horse cart ride with the rest of the group incredibly fun, but we also went to an annual festival held in Dali called Rao San Ling. To be honest, the festival was kind of bizarre. It was not like any festivals that I have gone too, but it was definitely something unforgettable.

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A multitude of things happened today. Firstly, we are starting our final phase of the Inquiry Project: Final Product: Reporting and Reflecting. This is definitely something that I am incredibly eager to do. I am not saying that the Inquiry Project was not fun, we are just ending it; and because we are ending it, we must finish strong. Another thing that happened today was that it stopped raining. After five straight days of cold and constant rain, we were blessed by sunshine and warmth.

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Our Inquiry Projects are rapidly nearing the end. Today was the day that we started and completed Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and after that is the Final Product. The Final Product is something that I am eagerly waiting to do and I have several ideas in mind for what I am going to do. I have written my guide for what I am going to do in my Phase 4. Also, today is the very first day for Inquiry Project work where we did not have to sign up for teacher support.

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Today was a rollercoaster of emotions, again. Firstly, we are on our third week of Microcampus. Who knew that time could fly by so quickly. Not only are we on our third week of Microcampus, but we are finished with Phase 3 as well! After Phase 3, we can begin to go on to Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and from there, our final product. Another thing that happened to me today was the daily video shoutout (be sure to check it out here).

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Today, there was rain, and although not heavy rain, it was constant. It kept drizzling, and it was only enhanced by the low temperatures (low tens). Today was definitely something that I am not going to forget, and that is because from day one of Microcampus to now, day 17, it has been incredibly warm, sunny, and dry out. Today was something completely unexpected, and it has stayed like this for six hours already. Then, Mr.

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When was the last time you experienced a thunderstorm? Was it a terrifying experience, or amazing experience? Either way, today we had our first thunderstorm, and it was definitely something that I have not seen in years. This day will be something that I will remember for a while, and that is because of the tremendous booms, and the soft drizzle of the rain. I personally love thunderstorms, not when I am outside, obviously, but I just love the sounds of the thunderstorm. It seems so soothing to me.

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What an experience. Yesterday was and probably will be the best day that ever happened during Microcampus. Firstly, we went on a three-hour hike up a mountain called 苍山(pronounced cang shan, click here if you want to learn more about it). Let me just say that, the hike was probably one of the most tiring activities that I have ever partaken in. After the hike, we rode our car to our campsite (an organic farm) and set up there. Next was our dinner, a delicious dinner I might add.

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Today is the big day: Hiking/Camping. Ever since we found out about the hike, we have been anxiously waiting for its arrival. Also, in order for us to ensure that our hike was going to happen, we made sure to stay on top of our game. We did not want to do anything that could prevent us from attending this hiking adventure. Another thing is, this is definitely an experience that I want to have, and I know that the group is feeling that way too.

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Today seemed like a traditional Microcampus day: Wake up, eat breakfast, SAS essentials, Daily Meeting, Pitching In, Lunch, WIPPIS, etc. So there is not much to talk about. Yesterday, however, was very interesting. If you want to see what I did yesterday, you can find it here, but what I did not write about in that journal was Mr. T's Trivia Night. Every Microcampus trip, Mr. T creates his own evening activity called Trivia Night. This evening activity is like a game show.

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Today, after our daily meeting, Ms. Zhao and I went to the Morning Market to work on my Inquiry Project (with the approval of Mr. T). During my Inquiry Project, I talked with four different people about my topic, and two of which were successful. I learned a lot about different types of plants and herbs that are grown in the mountain. I also found a store that sells herbs as a living, and the people running that store can be one of the main points that my project revolves around.

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Have you ever had something that needed to be done be blocked off by schedule? I know I had that problem today, but luckily, Mr. T was flexible and allowed me to skip the daily meeting today to accomplish some Inquiry work. Basically, what happened was that I had to go to a market that was a 20-minute drive away: Sha Ping Market. The Sha Ping Market is only open on Wednesdays and I was told that I should go in the morning. This is because the market is most busy in the morning.

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My stay here at Microcampus was and currently is incredibly fun. However, all good things have a bad thing to it, and it showed itself today: rain. Today, despite the fact that I spent most of my time indoors, it rained, quite heavily I might add. I was planning to go out and play some soccer, but the rain prevented me (and we do not have access to fields, so I am not going to play on concrete). Other than the rain, today was relatively normal.

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The first week of Microcampus was amazing. From the first day to now, an abundance of memories was made. From the thrill of the flight to the quality of the food to the meeting of local people to the productivity of the Inquiry Project, the week contained an incredible amount of fun. One thing that I am incredibly glad about is the fact that throughout the first week, I feel like my organization skills and punctuality have improved greatly. Something even better is that this was only the first week. We still have three more weeks, and I get a feeling that they are going to come flying by.

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Today, we embarked on our first half day trip, destination, Wind Farm. Once we arrived, the sight and view was unbeknown to me. Every single thing you saw from the farm was tiny, except for the wind turbines. I kid you not, seeing the wind turbines in person for the first time is a sight to remember. I will always be able to replay the scene:

Mr. T said "heads down everybody, till we get to the turbines. Okay, look up."

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Today was a relatively regular day. Nothing notably interesting presented itself today, although, there was one thing that happened. During my wellness time, a dog came by and interrupted me. As I was jumping rope, it came over, started barking quite loudly, then it started playing with Marco and I. It was fun but distracting, and I honestly do not know why that happened, but I do know for sure that it was strange. Other than that, as I have said before, it has been a relatively normal day.

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Today during Inquiry Project time, I went out and had my interview with a local: Ms. Yan. It turns out that Ms. Yan is a local who takes care of all the plants in the Linden Center. During my conversation with her, I learned about several new plants. For example, the commonality of the Orchids, rumors of the Camellia, use of a plant called wen zhu, and so much more.

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What is WIPPIS? I am sure all the Microcampus alumni know what it is, but what about the reader? Well, WIPPIS is short for Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In, and Still time. After carrying out the usual morning activities (breakfast, daily meeting, running, etc.), we had WIPPIS. The experience is quite similar to mixing the home and school experience together.

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Our first official day of Microcampus, what a rollercoaster. Firstly, I went for a morning jog, and I learned something new: high altitude and breathing hard do not go together. However, the run did not ruin my day. After that jog, I had breakfast and then went to work on my SAS Essentials. After that, it was kind of mundane, until we went out biking. We biked about six kilometers from Yangzhuoran to Erhai, and then another 6K for the return trip. During that trip, we accomplished several things; still time, double file, and the great, holy, Flying V (Mr.

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Where to start, day 2 of Microcampus was just incredible. Once we woke up, we were greeted by an amazing breakfast. After that, we had a little tour of the village, and I learned where the most important places are: Bank and sifangjie. During our tour, we learned about all sorts of things ranging from history to a little bit of science, and then to a little bit of marketing. Once our tour was over, we decided to eat lunch at sifangjie, where I ate the taifei fried rice (sadly I did not eat the Xizhoubaba). Next, we came back home and given our down time.

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My name is Jason M. and I am from Carmel, Indiana. I am currently attending SAS Pudong and I am almost at the end of eighth grade. The experience that I got from the journey to Xizohu was probably one of the best that I have had. I am really proud that I attended Microcampus, and that is because I learned a lot of not only myself but Xizhou as well. The trip to Xizhou yielded several different small experiences that added up to one huge journey. Hopefully, I can pay another visit to Xizhou sometime.