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Today was the day I have been dreading for. December 14th, Day 27, was our last full day in Xizhou.

My morning started off with stargazing. These few days have been the start of the meteor shower of genesis. When I went to the terrace at 6:50, Chris, Michael, Saleem and Mr. Tafel was already there. In the middle of the sky was the genesis twins; and the shooting stars were all going away from the direction of the two stars. In total, I saw 3 shooting stars in the sky. Waking up early was definitely worth it. 

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Our service learning partner was Ms. Zhao. She is 60 years old, and has lived in Xizhou for her entire life. She lives in a house located in Si Fang Jie that has belonged to her family for over seven generations and often takes care of her many grandchildren. Her husband, Mr. Yang, runs and owns a textile business where he sells tie-dye made scarves, batik paintings, small souvenirs, and bamboo baskets. She currently does not have a job but uses her spare time to help her family, do household chores, and to embroider/cross-stitch colorful pieces of artwork.
 
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The two main reasons in why I came to Microcampus was to understand myself and to grow as a person. I understood that everyone will crack under pressure and usually, it is not pretty when we do that. During my 28 days in Microcampus, I realised that I needed to space out everything. Even though I could finish everything on time in Shanghai, even if it is the last minute or so, I could still finish a lot of things. But in Microcampus, all of the projects are long-term and I just can not finish a project in one day.

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Today is December 14th, 2017, and today is the last whole day that we have in Xizhou. Today was a relatively peaceful and calm day, but since it was our last day at Xizhou, we had a lot of packing and wrapping up work to do. During the morning, we all tried to finish all the wrapping up work so that we would have more leisure time in the afternoon for last minute goodbyes. We were all very sad to be saying our last goodbyes to the citizens of Xizhou, whom we might never see again.

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On November 18th, 2017, I will be leaving Shanghai with my Microcapmus team and staying in XiZhou for 28 days. During that time, we will be working on a project called the Inquiry Project to build our knowledge of the local culture. Before we were even selected to participate in this program, we were given a digital document on our laptop that lists all the possible choices for our Inquiry projects. As I scrolled through the list of topics, a series of questions popped up in my mind.

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We were first given a list of ideas about topics we could research in Xizhou for the 28 days that we will spend there. I read the list that was given to me and I was interested in many topics, but we were given the instructions to pick out only three. I narrowed down the topics I was interested in by firstly, reading the list again and highlighting the topics I was interested in.

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I have been staying in Xizhou for 28 days. Before coming to Xizhou I applied to the Microcamous journey. Microcampus has been a great experience, and I have learned so much from it. I thought I came to Microcampus to experience the culture, but after being here for 28 days, I have realized why I really came. 

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There are many reasons as to why I chose to come to Microcampus, but the main reason would be to experience the "Real China". Furthermore, when Mr. Tafel presented Microcampus to us before, he told us that while we were in Xizhou, we would be aiming to achieve 4 goals: expanding intercultural understanding, experiential learning, personal growth, and leaving a positive impact. I knew that, with these 4 goals in mind, this trip would not only be fun but challenging as well. These were the reasons that I came to Microcampus. Keyword: were.

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My group's Service Learning partner was Mrs. Zhou Rui Lao. Zhou Nai Nai is originally from Xia Guan and moved here 40 years ago because of her marriage. Zhou Nai Nai is a faithful Christian who loves to sing, dance and cross-stitch. Her shop that she shares with her daughter in law is in Si Fang Jie and is a tye-dye shop. 
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Our service learning partner is Mr. Wang, his full name is 王在供 (Wang Zai Gong). Mr. Wang is 82 years old and he is the father-in-law with the owner of a Xizhou baba shop near SiFang Jie. Mr. Wang has three children and three grandchildren, he has 1 daughter, two sons, one granddaughter, and two grandsons. Mr. Wang has been retired for over 30 years, but he is still working very hard selling baba almost every day of the week to support his daughter-in-law's local Xizhou baba business.

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Our service learning partner is Zhou Nai Nai. She is 65 years old and sells scarfs that she embroiders herself. Zhou Nai Nai's shop is in Si Fang Jie, which is the square close by to our home, Yang Zhou Ren. Zhou Nai Nai loves to dance and cross-stitch. She also loves to sing songs, especially songs in the favor of Jesus and God. 

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Before arriving her in Xizhou, I realized that I was quite reluctant to come. A couple of days before the trip, I thought about how I would miss out on all of the opportunities in Shanghai and how I would miss out on my sports. After a few days in Xizhou, I realized how incredible this experience was, and my reluctance slowly turned into excitement. I was excited to have a new experience and a new classroom environment. 

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