Sam B. (Alumni-V)'s Journal

The question that all Microcampus students eventually ask themselves and have asked themselves several times throughout their trip, both on the ups and on the downs, is why did I come to Microcampus? Why did I decide that I want to be a member of this month-long journey? Why decide that I wanted to miss out on Shanghai for a month, only to find a new home in Xizhou, and then have to leave it within days of realizing I love it? Well, here are my reasons for it.

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Today was the 449th annual Jammie awards! They are basically Grammies but better.

They were very fun despite my sadness that night. I did win an award for the best puns but I felt bad since I knew they were the worst ones. In addition to this we also won the stinky sock award which is the most prestigious award for the dirtiest room ever. I am truly proud of this. Thank you all for nominating me, it has been an honor.

Thank you

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Today, day 26, we presented our Service Learning project to our classmates and other members of the community. Our Service Learning partner was Mrs. Li, but sadly, she was not able to come today because her family had a celebration today. Even though she was not able to come, it was still a very good experience being able to share our video with the community. 

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I thought leaving Shanghai and the 8th grade meant leaving Catan. Nope.

Since I am in the evening planning committee, I get to decide some of the evening activities. I decided that one night, board games would be a good choice. I walked around town and eventually went to the Linden Centre. I looked for a bit and the only game I found was Catan. This journal is a bit short since it is very very simple, but I honestly can never escape the curse of Catan.

Settlers ahoy.

 

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This time next week, we will all be back in Shanghai. 

Every day for the next week will be the last day of that week that we spend in Xizhou. Today is the last Saturday. Tommorrow will be the last Sunday. This means anything but slacking off. We will have time to slack off once we are back, but right now is the peak of both Microcampus work and Microcampus emotions. Microcampus work is fairly straightforward. Our Inquiry Project is supposed to be done by tomorrow. Our Service Learning Project is supposed to be done by Tuesday.

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Many people are writing about Mr. T's All Star Wizbang Super Duper Trivia Night, and although my title may make you think otherwise, this journal post is no exception. 

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3 loads of laundry and 130 photos to upload. 

Lag is one of the world's biggest problems nowadays. Given the fact that wifi is our new lord and savior, anything that hurts it is, therefore, our enemy. Well, I had to face my enemy for 20 minutes while I was uploading my photos, one at a time, the spinning wheel of death, slowly getting me, bringing about my end. After that was done, laundry. 3 loads of laundry in one day. Putting it in, taking it out, drying it, sorting it. 

Today was a pretty loaded day.

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All I can say is that hiking boots are a gift from the heavens.

I realized today that I actually really like hiking. We started off low on a dirt road. We were going at a slightly fast pace and the group was finding it really hard to keep up, and so we ended up switching the leaders. The pace became a lot slower and we started going uphill. It was a bit of steep hiking and then flat ground and then steep and then flat. Once we reached flatland, the views were breathtaking. We had climbed 600 meters and it felt like we were on the top of the world. 

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Today was the first day where we officially had our Service Learning Project related work to do. Alex and I went together to try and meet some people and make connections with the people of Xizhou and, at least in my eyes, we did pretty well. We started off by going to the morning market where all kinds of foods were being sold, mainly, however, vegetables. We went to the end of the first lane and started talking to a woman named Ms.Yang who was selling veggies.

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Above is one of the most endangered species on planet Earth. It is none other than The Dabbing Mountain goat. Infamous for committing at least 60 thousand sins per day,  it spends its time up in the wind turbines with the 6 other existing Dabbing Mountain goats making Music.llys, horrible jokes and, worst of all, dabbing. The Mountain goats only inhabit around 50 square meters of land, and that land mainly is around wind turbine number 10 in one of Dali's largest wind farms ever.

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When your heart is beating 164 beats per minute on average, you run for 53 minutes and the same heart rate monitor says that you were only between 95 and 180 beats per minute for 12 minutes, something starts to seem wrong. 

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Not much is more relaxing than the wind blowing through your hair as you bike through a small village. Prior to our morning bike ride, which was the first bike ride that we had on the trip, we had to all make sure that we were on the same page. We were all taught the basics of biking, the necessary precautions to keep safe and so on. This was followed by us getting our helmets, choosing our bikes, and, obviously, putting on our bright yellow vests so that none of us get hit. We got out of our lane and biked around 50 meters to the Ficus Tree (a really large tree).

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Waking up on cool Sunday morning from a Nokia alarm is, arguably, the best way to start a day. The sky is a dark orange, the sun yet to rise. We could still see the moon, shining in all of its glory, and many individual stars as if white polka dots randomly painted across the sky. Unsure of what to do, I walked to the terrace and just looked. Looked at the fields, the mountains, the skies. Looked at the stars, the moon, the houses. As the sun began to rise, more and more people started coming out of their rooms. Sadly, before I knew it, breakfast had arrived, and the day had begun.

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Today marked the first step of the 28-day journey known as Microcampus. I woke up at around 7 o'clock on the bright Saturday morning, packed my final things and drove to the airport where I met with the people who I would spend the next month of my life with. I said my goodbye's and then we were off. After eating our lunch at the airport, we got on the plane and 3 hours later, we were there. As I stepped off of the plane, the first thing that came to mind was "Dang, this sure is not Shanghai." There were mountains stretching high to the east and beautiful flowers everywhere I looked.

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I was part of the Microcampus Voyager group and I had an amazing time! Microcampus was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. My topic for the Inquiry Project was antiques and collectibles and I encourage any future Microcampus students to look into this topic. If any students in the future need my help, feel free to contact me at sam01px2022@saschina.org and I will be happy to help! Good luck to future Microcampus students! Sam