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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 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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Over the past few weeks, I have spent time researching and narrowing down my topic of study at Microcampus. I have now started Phase 1 and will continue with my selected topic of local food and cuisine. In Phase 0 I did preparation for picking my topic along with research on Xizhou itself. I will now be covering some background knowledge as well and learning on what my topic is all about. 

What I already know about my topic:

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michael02pd2022's picture

Microcampus is a great learning opportunity and journey for students to learn about life outside of the city.  I will be staying in a local village in Xizhou for 28 days with two teachers and 9 classmates. I will be investigating a topic of interest for the trip. I was given a long list of topics and I narrowed them down based on feedback. I am excited to explore food and cuisine during my stay.  Lots of work will be put into preparing myself for this trip.

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