Vivian Y. (Alumni-F)'s Journal

Today, unfortunately is our last day here in Xizhou :( We just completed pretty much everything. That included editing the Service Learning video, writing our Day 27 and 28 journals and packing, what I'm least looking forward to. I still can't believe we are leaving tomorrow morning. I feels as if we just arrived in Xizhou the night before. Since today was our last day here in Xizhou, we decided to end it with a Jammie's Award night! It was awesome! I had a ton of fun with our awesome host, Mr. T.

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Today, I had the best feeling ever. Our Inquiry Projects and Service Learning has finally been completed and I felt a huge amount of stress slide down my back. I feels so good but after a while, it felt kind of weird mainly because there was nothing left to do. Even though everything we have done is completed and we don't have to do anymore, I will never forget this experience. Never in my life have I ever researched in far into a topic.

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It was such a relief to have our entire Inquiry Projects completed today. I felt so good to have all that stress gone but then I realized there was still Service Learning. My group and I managed to finish most of our Service Learning work today during WIPPIT Time. It stopped raining for a while but during mid-day it start to drizzle again.

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Today (just like every other day) was a normal Microcampus day here in Xizhou. Since SAS Essentials ended last week, it was replaced with time for us to work on Service Learning as well as our Inquiry work. I was able to complete most of my Inquiry Reflection during that time. 

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Today is Day 22 out of the 28 days we are here in Xizhou. There are just 6 more days before we depart and take the 7 hour bus ride and then the 3 hour plane ride back to Shanghai. It feels like we've only been here for a couple of days. Hopefully, these last 6 days will fly by super slow :)

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Today is finally the weekend but unfortunately, it's also our last weekend here in Xizhou :( I can't believe we are already 80% through Microcampus. I still can't get over the fact that I got accepted into Microcampus! I can't wait to fly back to Shanghai but I will DEFINITELY miss the blue skies, starry nights and the people. There are just 6 more days left and I'm really going to miss this place. Lets cherish these last 6 days, shall we.

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Today is the 20th day out of the 28 days here in Xizhou. Previous Microcampus groups said that after the three-day hike, the rest of the days goes by really fast. Guess what. They are right. It has already been 4 days after the big hike. To be honest, it's going to feel so weird to get back to my usual schedule at home and in school.

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Today (just like every other normal Microcampus day) was a pretty chill day. I didn't do anything excited except for going to Sifangjie with Fay to talk to Mr. Yang about my Inquiry Work. No, he is not the Golden Flower Restaurant owner... or the antique shop owner down at the corner... or the horse cart driver but the antique shop owner in the middle of Sifangjie. The sky is back to it's normal color, blue and I have already gotten used to the normal schedule.

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I'm sure you know this already but yesterday we had the three-day hike and I am completely exhausted. My feet and shoulders ache and-- Ah! No, complaining while at Microcampus! Anyway, today is day 17 and we are already half way through Microcampus. We got back into our normal schedule and continued on with our Inquiry Project and Wellness. Today was finally Room 6's turn to do our laundry, which I found excited about during the three-day hike. When I walked out of the Linden Center, I noticed something very strange. I don't know if you know this but the skies here are always blue.

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Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "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".

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Today would probably be the only event that I am most nervous and scared of doing during this entire Microcampus trip. The three day hike. I have heard from many previous ex-microcampus groups that the three day hike was the hardest of the entire trip. Some said that the hike up the mountain was extremely hard but at the end, it was all worth it. Today was our first day of the three day hike and I was very nervous the night before. The first two-thirds of the hike was the most tiring for me.

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Today, (just like every other day) was a pretty chill day. During WIPPIT Time, I was able to go with Annalises and Vanessa to Sifangjie to interview Mr. Yang (The Golden Flower Resturant owner) about the Linden Center and the family. It took approximately 15 minutes for Mr. Yang to a question. A question. He's definitely a person to talk to about your Inquiry Project (*Pssst Wink Wink* G and H group, go talk to Mr. Yang. He's awesome). During the time where we were waiting for Mr. Yang to finish up some errands, Annalises, Vanessa and I had a chance to bond with one another.

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Today wasn't really an exciting day but during WIPPIT Time, Faye Vanessa and I biked to HeYiCheng and JingGuiShi to help Vanessa find and talk to bamboo weavers  for her Inquiry Project. I kind of just tagged along with them but at the same time, I learned a lot of interesting things about bamboo weaving. I even saw an elderly weaving one in front of me which I thought was extremely cool. This trip wasn't that useful for my Inquiry Project but it definitely got me interested on bamboo weaving.

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Today was one of those days where it's pretty much the same. We followed the schedule just like every other day but today I decided to play "Around the World" with Vanessa and Sarah for Wellness. If you don't know, the game "Around the World" involves running in a rectangle and hitting a ping pong ball. That's pretty much it. We were taught by one of the many hotel guests who was staying here at the Linden Center. Surprisingly, I was able to get 30 minutes above in zone by just playing "Extreme Ping Pong". It may not seem very fun but it is if you play with more than 3 people. 

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Today wasn't much of an exciting day except for the fact that I was able to visit YangZhouRan for the very first time. I have heard many compliments about the Center from the previous Microcampus groups that stayed here. I was really excited about staying in YangZhouRan but then I realized that we were moving to the XiLinYuan (The Linden Center). That was okay with me because the Linden Center is pretty awesome. Everyone had to sign up for a chaperone to work with. I decided to sign my name up for Faye to go to YangZhouRan to interview Mr.

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The life here in Xizhou is definitely different from life in The Giver novel. Anybody at any race or age is able to obtain a job here. Unlike the novel, where once you are too old to work or have nobody to take care of, you are then sent off to the Community of the Elderly, but in Xizhou, the day of retirement comes and that is when you relax from everything that has been happening and live life from then on.

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It has now officially been one week since we last came to Xizhou. I can't believe that we are almost half way through Microcampus. Time flies by really fast. Well anyway, the Microcampus Crew hiked up to the Mosque Temple as a preperation for the three day hike coming up next week. It took approximately three hours to hike up and back down. The hike was a little challenging for me mainly because of the stones and rocks that laid on the uneven and bumpy ground.

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Today was a pretty chill day. I didn't really do anything that excited other than listening to the Chinese New Year fireworks go off while I sat in the Conference Room working on my Inquiry Project. The sky was the usual blue color and the air felt clean and light. I started my second day of Wellness by playing a game of Badminton with Taylor, Sarah and Vanessa down towards SiFangJie. We weren't able to get 30 minutes in zone because we weren't used to the equipment provided here. So, during the rest of the Wellness time, we did some of Ms.

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Today, 29th January was our first official normal day in Xizhou. We had breakfast, SAS Essentials, the meeting, Pitching In and WIPPIT Time, just like any other day. The sky was the usual vibrant blue color and shined with stars during the night. WIPPT Time was a little different today. During the first two hours, the Microcampus Crew was split into half, each consisting of eight people. The first half went with Mr. T to bike out towards the lake while the other half stayed in the Linden Center working on the other parts of WIPPIT Time.

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Today is our fourth day here in Xizhou and we are beginning to start our "normal" day. The schedule that we went through today was said that it would be the routine that we would be following for the next couple of weeks. This included Pitching In, WIPPIT Time, Terrace Time and time for us to work on our Physical Wellness! We started that today after we went through the helmets and bikes with Mr. T and Heart Rate Monitors with Ms. Mai. The blue skies and starry nights were beautiful, just like every day of the week. The local villagers smiled whenever I smiled saying 你好.

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Today is our third day and we are slowly beginning to get into our usual Microcampus schedule which included the SAS Essentials, Pitching In, Down Time and Terrace Time. During the afternoon after lunch, we were split into two groups depending on what positive impact activity we wanted to do, which was either help paint the walls or pick up trash by Lake Erhai. I chose to paint the walls because at first I thought that it would be very easy and you wouldn't have to wear gloves or anything to protect you from the paint. I was wrong.

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January the 25th has finally arrived and the Fearless Microcampus Crew met up at HongQiao Airport at 5 in the morning to begin our one month journey. We said our final goodbyes to our parents and hurried off to check in our luggages. We boarded the plane around 7 a.m for a 3 hour plane ride and took a 7 hour bus ride to Xizhou later on. The 7 hour bus ride flew by pretty fast if you've got some sort of entertainment to entertain yourself or just a friend to talk to :)

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After so long, the Fearless Microcampus group finally reunited with our leaders, Mr. T and Ms. Mai as a family. It has been so many weeks since we last received the email congratulating us that we got into Microcampus on November the 18th. I honestly can't believe that we are leaving to Xizhou exactly one week from now.

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Hey! My name is Vivian, I'm 14 years old and this will be my 4th year here at SAS. I've lived in New Jersey, Singapore and currently in Shanghai but I am originally from New York. Some of my hobbies include swimming, drawing, listening to music and playing the piano. I'm going to miss the blue skies, starry nights and the nicest local villagers I have ever met. I hope the rest of you guys will enjoy Xizhou as much as I did :)