John K. (Alumni-H)'s Journal

Day 27, our last day to enjoy the beauty of rural China, a perfect village called 'Xizhou'. To fufill my needs, the time I had, I went outside to enjoy the community and say our last good byes' to our service learning partner as well as our friendly local contacts. The village and this place itself have offered me more than they needed to. It gave me the ability to think differently, to take this new learning experience into my life. Yes, it is our last day here, it is the end to our journey. This journey has ended, but there are many more journeys that are going to appear in my life.

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Ah, the first question before I went on Microcampus was “Why do I want to go on Microcampus?”. Before I came here to Microcampus, I wanted to come here to experience rural China and to feel and to get a better understanding about rural areas in China. A big major factor was to get our of my comfort zone, to get out of the “bubble”. I wanted to take this long risk of staying in a completely new area, and study “academics” in a whole new learning experience.

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Today was the day where we shared our service learning videos with most of service learning partners. Unfortunately, due to our service learning partner's desire to keep the shop open, our service learning politely refused our request, but we will still show him the video when we are done with the presentation at his shop, with a bag of fruits to show our gratitude. I believe almost 65 people are coming to watch our service learning presentation, and after that we have a possible trip to Dali Old Town to eat. I am so excited for the presentations and the trip to Dali Old Town! 

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Today was a typical Microcampus day without the work of our inquiry projects and SAS essentials. It was also the day where we need our first review of our service learning video. We have one hour of footage. Sasha and Kyra did a good job on cutting out bits and made it to 8 minutes in total, but there are much more work to be done. We have our biography done of Mr. Ma or Ma Guo Hua who is our service learning partner. Every time I go to Si Fang Jie he's always there in his store as there is never a day where he closes his store for the day. Tommorow is going to be quite a day.

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Today was the day where we finished up our final product and pasted on the website on our final product phase. Now, we have only have four more days of Microcampus left, and I want to make most of that exprience. During my stay here, since we got inquiry works done, we have more leisure time to outdoors and enjoy the scenary of Xizhou.

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Today is where we started to wrap up our service learning as well as our inquiry projects. I have almost finished my movie, adding images and videos to show my experience and journey here in Xizhou. Sadly, our service learning partner wasn't here today as his shop was closed for some reason. Knowing that our Microcampus journey is coming to an end, I decided to make the best of my final days go outside to enjoy the view and scenaries of Xizhou. Taking many pictures as soon they will become memories.

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Today was the day where we start on our final product. I got most of my movie done, felt like a really productive day when you got something planned but you do more in your spare time. Putting my information together and making it into a 7-8 minute video will be quite hard. Packing all your favorite clothes in one suitcase is always hard. There are some opinions I wanted to share but I will have to see it at the end if I have any more spare video time.

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Today was our official day where we finished up SAS essentials, and starting from tomorrow the SAS essential time slot as been replaced with inquiry work and service learning. I am quite excited to start on my final product as I really want to create a visual movie to show my project and what my journey was at my 28 day stay in the village of Xizhou.  I plan to organize all my pictures and videos that I took during my journey of exploring renewable energy sources in the village of XIzhou, piece together an overall voice over that will give the read a insight about my topic.

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Today we started on our Phase 4 at one o clock. I am really excited to use all my gathered information and to present it in a shared presentation. We have created an organized outline of what we are going to gather and make a presentation which will be published on our Final Product phase. Officially we end inquiry next Monday as well as ending our filming of our service learning partner on Monday. SAS essentials will end this week.  Another event that I am looking towards to is our service learning partner "Ye Ye", and he will be sharing with us more about his story of the past.

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Today was our regular schedule except that during pitchin in our work gorup went to Si Fang Jie and made local connections for our service learning partner. We made in total three potential servie learning partner, and one man was friendly to tell his story while we filmed him. He wanted to be called "Ye Ye" which is quite odd as then he is refering to us as grand kids. Some things were quite sad but most of his story was quite interesting for us, international kids to hear.  We are going tommorow to hear more about his story. I can't wait! 

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Today is one of the three days that we have time to finish up our phase 3, mostly interviews with local contacts. For my topic, I found the idea of actually going to a solar panel salesman and think about the profit wise or investments on these green energy sources around Xizhou. I ate fried rice for lunch at Si Fang Jie as well as exchanging my money for change. I am now developing my topic into three main objectives of common energy sources; hydro power, wind power, and solar energy.

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Today was our first regular day when we came back from our 3 day hike. Due to weather problems, we left on a Thursday making today our Thursday schedule. Now I am back to my regular schedule feeling right at home. The hiking experience is still fresh in my head, the experience of setting and sleeping in tents never seemed to leave me. For inquiry work, I haven't left the Linden Centre for interviews but plan to head out to the solar panel salesman near Si fang Jie, trying to find the economic advantage of solar panels specifically.

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Today was the last day of our hike, the day where we hike down for about 6 hours to the village of Xizhou. I started waking up with a glistening bright flare of the sun. It was the sunrise, the sunrise so beautiful that my eyes started to burn. When I thought back to our other two days of the hike, I felt like I gained so much experience from it. I changed both mentally and physically. We weren't trudging down the hill but we were all motivating and encouraging one another to keep on going, and to make the best of our hike.

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What seemed like a very long day was quite relaxing. It was about a 2 hour hike uphill to our destination, but felt a lot like a hour. The uphill wasn't intense and our pace was quite steady making the record of the fastest second day hike in Microcampus history. Exactly like what Mr. T said, it was almost a stroll in the park compared to the first day hike. The most remarkable moment that I encountered on that day was the 3232 summit. It was a tall peak 3232 meters. Even though we were all a bit tired, we all went up the 3232 hoping to get a good view of where we hiked.

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It was a mixture of excitement and ambition when we first set foot on our hike. Today is known to be the most treacherous as well as the most difficult hike out of all the 3 days. In a couple of hours of hiking, I could feel the light breeze brushing against me. The view blocked by tall withering trees. I started to slowly questioned myself if this hike was worth it, if I could gain much experience from this. Overall, I gained more than enough experience to feel my day. Most first hikes are suppose to have a light touch, and to expect the next day to be easier than the first one.

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It's already day 12! Our three day hike got changed to tommorow! We will all be heading out tommorow to the mountains for our hike. The hike will cause everyone physical exaustion but will provide everyone with great exprience. Our phase 3 of collecting information from our local contacts will be completed on Wendnsday next week. So far, I have contacted with four local contacts and ready to talk to more and more contacts next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednsday. Today I plan to see Mr. Yin who could provide me with good information about my topic and possible contacts that I can go to.

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Today was the day where we could decide our own WIPPIT schedule. Even though we had four options to pick from, it was optional. Without the need to follow the option I managed my schedule today. Yesterday night for evening activity, Banner, Nina, Kelly, and I went to Mr. Duan's house to interview him. Mr. Duan was a formal governor who gave us plenty of information about our topic. He even shared us his own personal opinion, this is quite rare in China, as many locals won't take the risk to give information or their opinion towards foreigners. Instead, Mr.

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For the first time ever, I experienced a cloudy weather in the village of Xizhou. With a 50% precipitation chance, we went forward to the local shopping market. Quite small shops, but with strange items for sell. I got to taste the local village's type of candy. The type of candy they eat was mixed with fruit and jelly. Some had noodle like shapes inside hard honey. They were so sweet, probably sweeter than Hershey's chocolate.  There was a  dentist right at the street checking peoples' teeth.

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Today was the morning of my first camp out experience that i ever had. It wasn't just any kind of a camp out, instead, I was greeted by the bright orange sunrise that slowly started to rise above the mountain peak. Even though, I thought that the Linden Centre was a home and thought that I settled in pretty quickly. Today I really got to say that the Linden Centre is now my home after a nice shower coming back from the Erhai lake. I got to experience one night outside, getting ready for the three day hike this Friday.

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Day 8 of Microcampus was the first day of my first weekend here in the village of Xizhou. Today we are going to have out first service learning intro to get started on developing connections throughout the village of Xizhou. This part of the process is probably the hardest part of Microcampus especially for me as if I wanted to say something I would always have to ask a friend to translate. I have had simple talks to the local throughout my 8 days in Xizhou but never actually had a strong connection.

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The schedule for today's morning was like any regular day having SAS essentials right after our morning breakfast. Today was laundry day which took our entire pitching in time to finish, hand washing and using the laundry machine at the same time. This was probably the first laundry experience I have had in my entire life time. It was quite hard at first, but since I got the feeling for it I will be much prepared for what I have to do. The most big event that occurred today was the half day hike to the mosque as well as the mountain.

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Day 6 was an quite an early start as William,Yuval and I went all the way to Erhai Lake jogging through the pitch black darkness. Once we had fully arrived at the lake I was greeted by a warm bask of the rising sun as well as the blue beauty of the lake. We weren't the only ones working hard but multiple fishermen were fishing around the lake. Today was the day we moved on to actually getting information from the local contacts from the Xizhou village.

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Today was a regular day with our assigned schedule with having wellness as our first things to do on the list. Yuval, Kyra, and I were picked for dish duties as well as being responsible in posting our first daily shout out video for day 5 of our microcampus journey. For lunch, I went out to SIfangjie to eat and had an interesting incident where there was a fried fly in Nina's noodle, which probably was because there are a lot of flies around the village of Xizhou. Instead I had a tasty treat of Baba for a side dish.

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Today was the day to exprience our regular schedule in the village of Xizhou. We had 2 hours of SAS essentials as well as our first WIPPIT time. The schedule was planned out by Mr. T and Ms. Mai today, but later on during our Microcampus journey, we get to schedule our own WIPPIT time. For my wellness, I went on a run to Erhai lake with Banner. As for my pitching in time, I went to do some commitee work on what activity to plan for the evening. I will be continuing a similar schedule for the rest of my stay.  

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In the beginning of the year,  I looked forward to Model United Nations, Amis, and China Alive, the major events that I was looking forward to. After the day the first microcampus group came back, I instantly became interested in joining the Microcampus journey after hearing all the experiences they encountered in Xizhou, Yunnan. I had many things to prepare for including Amis and MUN conferences but, I knew, that the major event in 8th grade will be my Microcampus experience in Xizhou. The city life never quite let me relax or just enjoy the nature or mother earth itself.

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After a good night sleep, the excitment triggered the power to explore the village and learn about where things are. I knew once I knew most facilities that i have access to. We went on a tour around the Linden Centre to get to know every room in the Linden Centre. Then, we got to exprience the market place as well as exprience the Xizhou cuisine, eating at the golden flower, and ordered the famous fried rice.

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Today was the day. Today was the day where I leave to Xizhou. Starting from an early 5 o clock AM with out tired faces we were at the Honqiao airport terminal. We were on a plane at 7:40 am to Kunming Airport. The plane ride was awfully tiresome as there were many delays during out ride. Once we have arrived, the sun greeted me with warmth and light. Then, once we have arrived to Kunming we then took an 6 hour bus ride to the village of Xizhou. The first sight of the terrace amazed as got  to see the beautiful sight of the mountains. 

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I am 13 years old and an eighth grade student in Shanghai American School Pudong. I was born in Korea but stayed in the United States for two years before moving to Shanghai. I have stayed in Shanghai for 5 years and has been in SAS for 4 and a half years. The hobbies that I enjoy are soccer, basketball, and reading. The languages I can speak is Korean, English, and a little bit of Chinese. I have had an spectacular journey, staying in Xizhou for a whole month. My stay in Xizhou and the memories will stick with me forever.