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Today, we had our first conversation with our service learning partner, Mrs. Zhang about her life in Xizhou. My first approach to this project was just to get our work done on time so we could finish editing our video before the due date next Monday. However, my takeaway from this conversation was merely the opposite of my intentions. First, I learned much more about Chinese history than before I woke up this morning. I was also surprised by the fact that Mrs. Zhang herself experienced this in the first person.

pepijn01px2023's picture

I came on a fantastic journey to Xizhou along with 15 other students and of course Mr. Tafel, Ms. Mai, and Sofia. We came out here to work on our Inquiry Project and Service Learning. Being here after 28 days in Xizhou has changed me as a person in both positive and negative ways. Microcampus is now coming to an end during our time here we have worked through many challenges and created amazing relationships with the other Microcampus students and the external community. 

audrey01px2023's picture
Before I came to Microcampus, I knew I wanted to experience the interactions between the citizens here and myself, to learn about the culture and history of Xizhou. After I came here, I realized I came to Microcampus to study myself.
xander01px2023's picture

Today started off with me and the 15 other Microcampus students getting on a plane for four hours. After getting off at the airport and packing our bags onto the bus and taking an hour-long bus ride to our final destination. Today was packed with lessons and rules that we needed for the 28 days in Xizhou. The plane ride felt longer than it should have and it was really nice stepping out of the plane. Packing the busses took long every time we thought we had packed the bags right the bus couldn't close.

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Today started off like every other day, getting up and eating breakfast. But unlike the other days, we went all the way through the day. At breakfast each day they have a new fruit at breakfast. Today that fruit was long yan. I had never tried that fruit before and I loved it. We did SAS essentials and all the WIPPIS time. Today was a work day. We did our Committee meetings and had our daily Microcampus meeting. We talked about the plans for things coming up. I finished up my 3 -5 conversation with Mr. T and found a lot of helpful resources for my inquiry project.

xander01px2023's picture

I have many feelings about leaving Xizhou. The most prominent one the feeling of excitement to meet my friends back in Shanghai. I feel like I have missed a lot and can not wait to get back. But there are other feelings of sadness that I wish I could stay here longer. I think that I have come to really enjoy Xizhou and wish I could stay longer. I think that there are many people but in the community, I think that I really like Mr. Yang and do not want to leave. From the linden centre, I think that I will miss the most, Mr. Yang and Mr. Linden.

xander01px2023's picture
I am part of Microcampus as most of the people reading this know. To look at why I joined Microcampus you have to look back about two years to sixth grade where I first heard the term Microcampus. All I knew was that people went somewhere. Just knowing that and who I am I was intrigued. I have always loved adventure and travel.
sejin01px2023's picture

Today was our last day in Xizhou, and Pepijn, Xander and I wanted to do something meaningful. We went out for a bike ride to the lake. It was our last day and the sky was blue as well as the water. We took pictures at the lake and it was very peaceful. I do not want to leave Xizhou, since I know it would be tough when I go back. I believe that this experience was something that changed every one of us. I am so thankful for everyone who came here and helped us. It is almost time for us to go back, and I really miss Xizhou and everyone I met during this journey.

jacob01px2023's picture

Springtime in Shanghai was drowned in April rain. A mist veiled over the city in a suffocating melancholy too empty to grasp. Such times seemed to force the suitcase to stand and for the people to rise, dreaming of escaping in a confined space that all already know too well, or perhaps not well enough, but nevertheless, the thought of exploration appeared futile. The rivers of tears failed to flow to sea, and everything of negativity percolated positivity until it all became too toxic to breathe, to think, to live in. 

erin01px2023's picture

If I had received this question 28 days ago, my answer would be about being able to understand a culture better and simply learning about my Inquiry Project: Body Language. Or perhaps I would have thought that this was a perfect opportunity to leave the building of the school and learn about other things.

28 days later, I do not have a specific and clear answer, but I have a general idea. 

alan01px2023's picture

Why did I choose to go to Microcampus? That’s easy. I love Shanghai. I love school, I love my friends, my teachers, and my life. But after a while, your love for Shanghai becomes more of a love for the routine. And after an even longer while, the routine ends up boring you to death. Every day started to feel the same as the day before. I could hardly differentiate between them anymore.

claire01px2023's picture

Before I came to Xizhou, I wanted to escape the fast-paced city life of Shanghai and truly experience what a less-developed village would be like to be a part of for such a long period of time. I also felt really tired of the regular schedule in Shanghai, and I guess I just needed something new and fresh in my life.

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"Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I'll miss you until we meet again."

Today was the last full day of Microcampus. Although we had much to do in the morning, in the afternoon we had free time to spend time with the community and say the last of our goodbyes. After walking around with my friends, we sat down with Ms. Ma a store owner that we have grown close with throughout the four weeks and we just talked. We also tried to help her get customers. Today was a really nice day to just be totally immersed in the community.

jacob01px2023's picture

Gears cranked as the sun falls, as if behind the building, as if to make an explosion, yet all that came was the gentle breeze that sends a coldness that shatters one's spine. Cats and dogs seemed to be fighting in the alleys. A distant alarm rung. The world seemed to twist outside the walls into something too insane. Like an ancient Vegas, with its people and what it once was, crumble to dust, for the rectangular papers people call life. 

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The dining room was arranged to have two rows of wooden benches along the walls, an aisle between like a church, leading up to the projector on a wooden table that became the podium. The elders sat in front, students sat in the back, teachers standing in the back. An old man or two sat at the doorway, listening to the videos play, sighing while smoking. 

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The switches responded with darkness, the water turned cold. The blue morning light shown mildly through the silk curtains, fragmented like strands. 

The weight light pressured upon my eyes was then lifted, made it light enough to not feel the layers of things, for they all became muddled, as the layers conjured, and became the other. 

Night fell, yet the lightness of lightless never seemed to part through the dark. 

joanne01px2023's picture

Today is the last full day here in Xizhou, and I will miss this place very dearly, as well as the people in Xizhou. After staying 28 days here, it has become my home, and I do not think I will ever forget this place and the people here. 

jacob01px2023's picture

The morning sun stung my eye from completely opening, and everything remained in the minute slit that's fragmented by eyelashes. Limited vision forced me to seek for something afar, and soon, the memories of past and visions of future obtained conciouses of their own and seemed to tamper my thinking about the present. Time blurred and the acts of moving seemed to have lost its meaning. Everything seemed to become the things I've lost and will lost, positivity rested in a distant state of mind.

joanne01px2023's picture

Today is Pepijn V.'s birthday and we celebrated by eating cake and of course, Oreos. This is one of the first birthday party that we actually surprised the person who is celebrating their birthday. We all signed a card and gave it to him. We had teachers there also, so we also gave them a piece of cake. 

lifan01px2023's picture

There were many reasons why I wanted to go to Microcampus. Before I even knew what topic I was going to choose, I knew that I wanted to go to Xizhou because it was such a small and peaceful village. When I signed up, I did a bit of research. The pictures of the landscape were just amazing and I realized that this was somewhere I wanted to go to. The lake and the mountains were such an amazing view, and I haven't even seen the actual thing. Another reason I wanted to go is because of the experiences that I will have.

joanne01px2023's picture

Microcampus was such a life-changing experience for me. I never thought that this experience could change me so much as it did. When I applied for Microcampus, I did not think that I would actually get in, but when I did, millions of thoughts popped into my mind. How would the experience be like? Who would be my roommate? What would be my inquiry project? I had millions of questions and thoughts running through when I realized I was chosen.  

lifan01px2023's picture

Today we presented our videos to our partners. Mr. T made us sit in front of the audience and observe their reactions to the video. I specifically focused on Mr. Tan, our Service Learning Partner. When I first met Mr. Tan, I thought that he was a very boring person who does not like to have conversations with others. When we observed him and did our bee role film, everything was of him sitting down and sleeping or setting up his shop, not very interesting. Today, I observed him watch our video. His reactions and facial expressions were something I have never seen before.

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