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Microcampus is a journey; a journey where students leave the bubble that is Shanghai life to learn and experience the culture of a different part of China, a journey to grow as a person, a journey to, perhaps, even learn something about themselves. I am one of the lucky chosen few to embark on this journey. We will be spending 28 days in a village of Xizhou, and to start us off, we were given a long list of topics we could study there.

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Last full day in Xizhou. 

Spring 2019 Microcampus is coming to an end. 

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." 
                                                                             -Dr. Seuss

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago

By Becky, Claire, Dora, and Pepijn

Our service learning partner is Mr. Yang. He is 67 years old and he works as a technician who fixes clocks, watches, old radios, and other forms of technology.

His full name is 杨凤石. He married at 28 years old, and he has one son. He lives by himself mostly, but one of his brothers live right by him as well. Some things I learned about him is that he appreciates and believes in the younger generation, and wishes that they will continue to push the world forward technologically and economically.

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago

by Erin, Emily, Evan, Xander

Mr. Tan is currently 73 years old. Mr. Tan lives with his wife and sells everyday items near Sifang Jie to earn money. Mr. Tan is the oldest of the six children in his family. He has three sons who are all in their forties. One of the sons works in Zhoucheng. Another one works up near Bao Cheng Fu, and the other one works in Kunming. 

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago
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This will be the start of my Microcampus journey, and I am eager to start this experience by selecting topics that I will be exploring for the next few months, including the 28 days I will be spending in Xizhou. After having many project topics thrown towards me, I knew that I had to narrow down a large amount of these ideas to reach my final three choices. I started thinking: what would I be most interested in, and will it affect me not only as a student but as a person as I learn?

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago
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In phase 1, I have developed ten big questions that would help me to dig deeper into my topic and prepare for the 28 days in Xizhou. This is the phase 2, where I will be reflecting on the information I researched in phase 3, as well finding more helpful and reliable information to answer the 10 questions about my topic, the ways how the people in Xizhou relieve stress. 

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago
sejin01px2023's picture

This is the start of all the work and memories for the Microcampus that the members and I went on March, 2019. Before going we had to choose one topic from a lot of topics to study in the village of Xizhou. Every topic seemed exciting and are able to learn more, but, I have to choose the topic that interests me the most, and a topic that I think is worth the most of learning at the village. While going through the processes of choosing, writing and revising from the feedbacks from Mr.

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Yesterday was the second trip to Dali Old Town. Luckily this time all the Microcampus students got to go and see the amazing experience them selfs. I had an amazing dinner with Xander, Emily Z, Dora we went to an amazing Sushi restaurant and later a small treat at Sweet Tooth. On the way back we had there was a misunderstanding and Mr. Tafel was disappointed in our decisions from what we had done tonight. He mentioned a few harsh things but luckily later he said sorry for what he said and did not mean it.

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago
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28 days, 16 eighth graders, and 1 common goal, to learn about the culture and history of Xizhou. Out of a long list of inquiry topics, all sixteen of us chose one topic we were interested in. When I looked through the inquiry topic list, I continuously asked myself three questions: Am I actively engaged/connected with this topic? (Why?) What is the purpose of learning this topic? What would be the ending product of the learning and research?

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Last full day in Xizhou. 

Last. Such a melancholy word. Last, is when we are towards the end of something. Last, is when there is only a bit left. Yet last could be something that leads to another beginning. 

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As the end of our Microcampus journey creeps closer and closer, so does the due date for our projects that we need to complete. Today was a full day that we had to dedicate to working on our Final Products for our Inquiry work. Everyone could feel the pressure, there's no more excuse for slacking off now. I focused all of my work into the video that I was working to produce today. It was extremely hard work, but I managed to get all of it completed today. Also, we found our service learning partner again and we filmed all of our video and we pretty much have that done as well.

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I think that watching the audience and my service learning partner react to my video was a really powerful moment. Zhang nainai seemed very pleased with the entire video and looked very interested in how we turned her speech into a little documentary. Towards the end of our video, I could see that she began to get a little bit emotional, and was really happy with our group's efforts to portray her story in such an impactful way.

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Sitting there watching the audience watch our video, without looking at the video ourselves was an unusual experience. Due to the lighting, I was not able to see our partner, Ms. Zhang's facial expression clearly, but without a doubt, she was touched and caught some emotion toward the end of the video presented. After the sharing, Ms. Zhang told us that this is the most interesting and happy week with us in comparison with staying at home and selling flower crowns.

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Today, my group and I worked on our videos for the whole day basically. Our service learning partner Ms. Zhang has many stories and experiences that she shared with us, and we wanted to make sure that we portrayed them in the best way possible. We are really excited to show our video to Mr. T for his feedback, and we are so happy that we got to have such informative conversations with Ms. Zhang. I really hope she likes our video. Also, the end of Microcampus is starting to get closer and closer, and I am really sad about that.

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Hey. 

My absolute favorite feeling in the world is laughing with someone and then stopping right in the middle and realizing just how much you appreciate them and their existence. 

That is how I feel about this place, this authentic, genuine place. 

Today is our last full day here in Xizhou and in the midst of everything I've realized just how much I truly appreciate this town, the people, this...world. It's existence.

And you know, maybe college, work, success, does not matter in this moment of gratitude. 

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