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Today was our last full day of Microcampus. We spent most of the day doing a final wrap up things, such as checking through our inquiry projects and saying goodbyes. Mia and I visited (and bought some rose buns) from Ms. He, and I was really sad to say goodbye to her. We also said goodbye to Mr. Yang, but he was not there so we asked his wife to pass on the message. Afterward, we went with Audrey to drink and chat with Mr. Huang, the owner of a tea shop.

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In December 2014, Charlotte K and the rest of the Ignite group came back from their trip to Microcampus. As Charlotte's little brother, I was treated to a firsthand account about all the good parts and bad parts about her trip. Fixated on the bad parts, I could only think of Microcampus as this scary trip that only the hardcore, disciplined people would really go to. I was worried about not being able to work well with others, about missing out on my social life in Shanghai.

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Over the past two weeks, the weather has been comfortingly warm the entire time. Even when it was raining - even in yesterday's thunderstorm, the temperature did not dip below 17°C. Why would it? There is little wind here to drive the warmth away and insulation from the nearby mountains. Yet today, we stepped back to temperatures of February, perhaps even January, after continuous rain all of last night, and we learned to appreciate our jackets and warm socks.

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Yesterday, we hiked up Cangshan Mountain for three hours, and camped at its base afterwards. The mountain has a relatively easy, though still challenging, trail, and the scenery that awaited us at the top made up for our efforts multiple times over. I am quite happy that the hike was only one day long and not three like earlier trips, and I still regret not taking a photo there. The photo above might help you visualize the scene nevertheless.

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I can hardly believe that a week has already passed by. Today was our first day off since we got here, and we had the luxury of so, so much down time. We also started our Service Learning projects today, and received a long history lesson of China's past 150 years or so. Luckily, Mr. T made it quite memorable and engaging, so that we could still remember the information. Afterwards, we got in our groups and chatted to locals for our work, and met wild success.

Updated 2 months 3 weeks ago

Our service learning partner was Mr. Yang. He is 72 years old, and has lived in Xizhou for his entire life. His son runs a rose product business, and Mr. Yang has had many experiences building things, such as his brother's house, his own, and all the furniture in it.

Updated 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Microcampus has always been about spending four weeks in a rural village in Yunnan and exploring one's interests outside of the "Shanghai bubble". During these four weeks, every single student needs to study an Inquiry Project, chosen from a long list of topics. The topics frequently change, with topics added or deleted for every group, and multiple different topics appealed to me.

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Today began the first day of our third week. We started off our day early, waking up at 6:30 to do our laundry. I am not exactly a morning person, so it took me a pretty long time wake up. Today was a rainy day (similar to the weather in Shanghai) and it was freezing. I could not wear my sweatpants because they were in the wash, and I did not want to put on jeans, so I decided to go out in my fashionable P.E shorts.

Updated 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Our service learning partner is Mr. Yang Rang. He is 77 years old and lives in Chengdong with his son. He was born in Chengdong and worked as a farmer when he was younger. He has three children, two daughters married off to neighboring villages, and a son who remodels houses. 
 
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Today was a sad day. Mr. Kendall left for the airport during SAS Essentials time, so we stood in the courtyard to say goodbye. I was sad to see him go. Today's weather was quite similar to Shanghai's weather, which meant cloudy skies and lots of layers. We were all freezing during our SAS Essentials (and complaining a lot). The daily meeting was okay, Mr. T started keeping track of our starting words. It was funny to hear everyone's starting words and we laughed at some of them.

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