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Today, we had the opportunity to choose between two places for our half day trip: the wind farm and the tie dye factory. We chose the wind farm because the students from the previous Pudong trip all advised us to go. The ride to the wind farm was a pretty short one- lasting for around 30 minutes. When we were approaching our destination, Mr. T told us to keep our head down until we got there. We had no idea how big the wind turbines actually were, so when we stood underneath one, I was amazed.

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Today was a pretty chill day. I slept in until 8:30 (which felt amazing, by the way) and ate a hearty breakfast. We did our wellness reflection, a quick check in, and went off to lunch. In the afternoon, Marco, Mia and I went over to Chengdong, the village right next to ours to look for potential Service Learning partners. We ended meeting a man that Mia had seen before, called Mr. Yang.

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Xizhou alleyways are filled with wonders and stories. That was a thing I learned today while on a tour around town with the group. We began down from Ranyixiang to the ficus tree. From there we visited Mr. Yang, Happy Embroidery, the er si factory, the morning market, and then finally Sifangjie for lunch. Throughout the tour, Mr. T repeatedly brought out the difference between the old and the new that are evident in local buildings. He told us the unfortunate reality of traditions and cultures being destroyed due to the rise of the tourism industry.

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After receiving the pearls of wisdom from Mr. T, Jason and I spent the rest of the day editing our Service Learning video. The main issue with our video were subtitles and photos. On Jason's laptop, where we edited the video, subtitles were disappearing here and there, which made us pretty frustrated. The other difficulty with subtitles was that it was difficult for us to understand our Service Learning partner. Jason and I had trouble interpreting Mr.

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Today we started off our day like a typical Microcampus day: breakfast, SAS essentials, the daily meetings, and pitching in. We were even able to squeeze in some Inquiry work after lunch. The Inquiry work we did today was an insight to what we would be doing for the rest of the month: starting conversations, introducing myself, learning from the experienced. Another thing we did today was biking all the way up Erhai to a town called Renliyicun.

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The main purpose of Microcampus is building connections in the rural China. It is really easy to forget that in the first couple days of the trip. Today we were reminded of this after a sobering meeting with Mr. T: our Inquiry research has begun. Starting today, we will be interviewing local experts on our topic. With little experience in starting conversations, I embarked on an antique hunt with Mr. T. He first led me to Mr. Zhu, an antique dealer who was familiar with the Microcampus students.

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We were all very thankful when the weekend came. With the hike and Inquiry Project, we were all very glad to finally have a break. The plan for today was simple: to go to Chengdong to do some wellness with Mia and Debbie. So in the afternoon, I waited patiently as they first went to so some Service Learning. After an hour and a half of waiting, I heard them return. But as I went outside, I noticed that rain was falling.

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As the third week of Microcampus comes to an end, we all rush to complete our Inquiry Project and begin our Service Learning. It was a stressful day, all of us with our noses in our laptops. In the morning, we had to meet with Mr. T for the pearls of wisdom on our final product. The goal of this was to get feedback on our inquiry video. I ended up with an abundant amount of feedback for my video since my product lacked personal journey.

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Much like my sister, I will also be celebrating my brithday during the Microcampus trip. What's more is, both of our birthdays coincidentally landed within the last two days of Microcampus! After spending a month with every person in the Tactical Microcampus group, I am absolutely excited to be spending my birthday with them tomorrow. It will also be a perfect ending, as I can spend the afternoon with my friends and family back in Shanghai as well.

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After our daily meeting, the group was frantic due to the sudden realization on the amount of work we have. Specifically on the local contacts assignment. The requirement was to gain 15 local contacts to prepare us for the Service Learning project starting this Saturday. So far, all of us have around two to three contacts, and reaching fifteen by Saturday seemed impossible. So my day continues with multiple outings with multiple people. The first was with Debbie, as part of our food/menu committee assignments.

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Finally, the weekend has come. After an exhausting week of interactions and work, we finally had the chance to catch up on our rest. Most of the day was spent indoors in the living room or the classrooms. But the times we did leave the compound, the wonders of Xizhou still continue to amaze me. To start our Service Learning project, I embarked on a trip around town with my Service Learning partner, Jason M. We began with the town by the ficus tree, Chengdong, looking for previous contacts.

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Today, Jason and I visited Mr.Yang again, this time with an urgent purpose: Service Learning videos. Today we met him by the ficus tree in front of Chengdong. He invited us to his house again, and let us set up by his fountain. He did not mind the two of us moving stools around the courtyard and walking around with bulky cameras and laptops. Despite our worries with sensitive topics, he was open to answer all questions, and cleverly dodged the ones he felt uncomfortable with.

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For Service Learning, Jason and I visited Mr. Yang again, and he told us some interesting stories. We found him by his usual spot in Chengdong, and he invited us into his house. He was really open about his life and told us a lot about his family, especially his grandson. Although we have met and chatted with him couple times already, we were still very surprised by his hospitality and how welcoming he was to us.

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As we brought Mr. Yang into Yangzhuoran, he was excited to see the other Mr. Yang (a Service Learning partner from the other group) being welcomed in. He told us that he recognized him, and his family used to be landlords. As we brought him into Classroom 1 for the showing, he sat by the door since he is uncomfortable with large crowds and tight humid areas. He sat by Mr. Yang and they discussed architecture, tea, and life around Xizhou.
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The day proceeded with Service Learning video editing, which, to our surprise, took a long time. Deciding which scene, which detail to include required a lot of thought. The five of us were very grateful for Ms. Mai's treat today: getting pizza from Old Town Snacks. After a long day of working and editing, we were treated to cheesy pizza and icy lemonade. The dinner tables were filled with energy, joy, and puns. Which was no surprise since most meals with Mr.

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When someone like me saw an opportunity like Microcampus, I overlooked it. I had a couple of friends who attended the Winter Microcampus Trip as the Revival group (i.e Jerry X., Kevin G.) and they said that I should go. I, however, could not decide. Originally, I was planning on not going to Microcampus. There are several reasons for why I had this choice, the main one being I did not want to get out of my comfort zone.

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This is the start of a learning journey. I cannot wait to embark on this 28 day trip to Xizhou. In preparation for this trip, we needed to choose a topic for an inquiry project that we plan on completing. It has been a long and arduous process for me, but I did manage to settle on a blend of two topics: Project/Business Management, and Local Plant and Insect Life.
 
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On Day 9, Mr. Kendall Steinberg arrived from Shanghai to live with us in Yangzuoran for a week. He is part of the communications department in SAS, and is interested in creating a film that shows what Microcampus is truly about, which is portrayed through our everyday life. For the past two days, he has been incredibly respectful of our space, even when following us around during our daily schedule. Yesterday, I had gone to the Linden Centre for my inquiry work, and Mr. Kendall came along with Ms. Zhao and I.

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Before the arrival in Xizhou, I had come to Microcampus simply because my sister had told me that it was "incredible". I did not realize the extent of just how incredible it is. Microcampus taught me things that I would have never learnt in school, showing me how to explore, take risks, self-discipline. If not for all three of those categories, there would be no Service Learning project or Inquiry Project to upload. 

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