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When I first got to know this program, I have no clue about what this is. Now, as a Microcampus veteran and the recipient of a team-high 7 Jammy Awards, this is a letter of advice to my "younger self."

Dear Younger Barton,

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Before we depart from Xizhou, I would like to thank some people for making this experience possible.

First and foremost is my family, my parents, and just any family member. Thank you for always being there and supporting me 24/7. You Thanks to you for following up on my project. 

I would like to thank Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai for making this program possible and making sure we are on the right track at the start and all the mentorship they have given us on our projects and life as a whole. 

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Today was the day I have been dreading for. It feels surreal that we are leaving tomorrow. This month has gone by faster than I ever thought or expected. I did not comprehend how fast these four weeks have gone by until now. The day has gone by really fast. It is already the afternoon. In the afternoon, I went around the village with Angela to say goodbye to the locals we met. We bid our farewells and hugged the locals. It was a sad day and the gloomy day made it even more emotional.

Updated 3 weeks 3 days ago

The Beginning of Our Service Learning Project:

My service learning partners are Nolan and Angela. Our partner is Yang Nai Nai, Mrs. Yang. She owns a souvenir stand near Sifangjie. Her full name is Yang Mei-Kang. 

Reflection:

1. Who was your Service Learning Partner?

My Service Learning Partner was Mrs. Yang. She is 67 years old and has lived her entire life in Xizhou. 

2. What did you learn about your elder as a result of this experience?

Updated 3 weeks 3 days ago

Our service learning partner was Mr. Zhang. He is 79 years old this year, and is the father of the owner of the Xizhou BaBa store. He was one of seven siblings and has two children. His daughter owns a Xizhou BaBa shop. As a result of this experience I have learned a lot about Mr. Zhang. I learned about his hobbies as a child and what he likes to do now. I learned about some tragedies in his life, and also how he dealt with those tragedies. I also simply got to get to know him as a person better.

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Regretfully today is the final day that we will be staying in Xizhou. As the write this seconds and minutes go by. Seconds and minutes in which I will never be able to get back. Before I came to Microcampus, I thought that I was coming to learn about a topic I chose. I thought that I was coming to step outside of the bubble and to learn about places that are not big cities. I thought that I was coming to focus on one topic. But as this experience is coming to an end and I am realizing that I learned the least about my topic compared to everything else I learned.

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Today is the last full day of Microcampus and I am feeling so sad that we have to leave tomorrow. These 28 days have went so fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned so much as I have written in my day 28 Journal posts. I really want to go out to say goodbye to the villagers but I have to do my check out list which I still need to cleaning my room and packing my bags. I am going to miss this place as it has became so special to me. The good part is that we have the jammy awards later in the day and I am still very excited about who is going to get the award. 

 
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Updated 3 weeks 3 days ago

Our Service Learning partner is Ms. Yang; she is 67 years old and owns a stand of embroidered crafts near Baochengfu. From this opportunity, I have discovered so much from her past stories and the lessons that she had learned from hardships. I have learned the difficult times that she had to endure, especially during the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, and so many new ideas and values that were instilled inside of her from those experiences.

Updated 3 weeks 3 days ago
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Finding a suitable Inquiry Project that interests us will be very important because we will asking villagers about our inquiry project for 28 days in a village called Xizhou. The quality and quantity of the preparation phase of our inquiry project will effect how much we learn when we reach to Xizhou. The inquiry project is self picked and is highly run by our own interests. We were provided with a list of topics and we selected our top three topics.

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Day 27 of Microcampus is our last full day that we would spend here in Xizhou, and that somewhat blows my mind. I have not noticed as the past four weeks flew by, and insteaded only comprehended the fleetingness of this trip when it is almost ending. In the afternoon, Annie and I went around the village bidding our farewells and sharing our hugs with the villagers; it was truly an emotional afternoon.

Updated 3 weeks 3 days ago

Our service learning partner is Mr. Zhang who sells Xizhou Baba and is 79 years old. After this experience, I learned about three main values that resemble him as a person which are family, singing, and his health. He really values his family because mostly our conversations are directed to them and he is still working to help his family. He likes to sing as he has told us many songs he remembers and he has sung for us. He also really values his health because he sleeps for 7 hours each day, however, he smokes because he cannot stop the addiction.

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I came to this trip mostly because I wanted a break from school, to get out of my comfort zone, experience China and to experience what my sister had told me. I did not notice how much responsibilities and freedom we had in this trip. Responsibilities started even before the start of the trip, it started when we have received an email from Mr. Tafel that we have to complete our phase 0. I was amazed because I thought Mircocampus work started during the trip.

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