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It was incredible to have the chance and share our Service Learning video with Mr. Yang. On the way here, we learnt even more about him, and heard that he had lived through three deadly diseases. As a child, there was no medicine for his conditions, so it is almost unbelievable how strong he must have had to be at that time. When you think about it, he was not only going through his personal issues of health, but the cultural revolution was occuring at the same time. 

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Today, after our daily meeting, Ms. Zhao and I went to the Morning Market to work on my Inquiry Project (with the approval of Mr. T). During my Inquiry Project, I talked with four different people about my topic, and two of which were successful. I learned a lot about different types of plants and herbs that are grown in the mountain. I also found a store that sells herbs as a living, and the people running that store can be one of the main points that my project revolves around.

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When was the last time you experienced a thunderstorm? Was it a terrifying experience, or amazing experience? Either way, today we had our first thunderstorm, and it was definitely something that I have not seen in years. This day will be something that I will remember for a while, and that is because of the tremendous booms, and the soft drizzle of the rain. I personally love thunderstorms, not when I am outside, obviously, but I just love the sounds of the thunderstorm. It seems so soothing to me.

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My stay here at Microcampus was and currently is incredibly fun. However, all good things have a bad thing to it, and it showed itself today: rain. Today, despite the fact that I spent most of my time indoors, it rained, quite heavily I might add. I was planning to go out and play some soccer, but the rain prevented me (and we do not have access to fields, so I am not going to play on concrete). Other than the rain, today was relatively normal.

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What is WIPPIS? I am sure all the Microcampus alumni know what it is, but what about the reader? Well, WIPPIS is short for Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In, and Still time. After carrying out the usual morning activities (breakfast, daily meeting, running, etc.), we had WIPPIS. The experience is quite similar to mixing the home and school experience together.

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Our first official day of Microcampus, what a rollercoaster. Firstly, I went for a morning jog, and I learned something new: high altitude and breathing hard do not go together. However, the run did not ruin my day. After that jog, I had breakfast and then went to work on my SAS Essentials. After that, it was kind of mundane, until we went out biking. We biked about six kilometers from Yangzhuoran to Erhai, and then another 6K for the return trip. During that trip, we accomplished several things; still time, double file, and the great, holy, Flying V (Mr.

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Where to start, day 2 of Microcampus was just incredible. Once we woke up, we were greeted by an amazing breakfast. After that, we had a little tour of the village, and I learned where the most important places are: Bank and sifangjie. During our tour, we learned about all sorts of things ranging from history to a little bit of science, and then to a little bit of marketing. Once our tour was over, we decided to eat lunch at sifangjie, where I ate the taifei fried rice (sadly I did not eat the Xizhoubaba). Next, we came back home and given our down time.

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Today, my service learning group and I went out in the afternoon to find Gao 奶奶. We remembered where her house was, so we went up there and knocked on her door. It took a few tries, but she eventually opened up the door. We asked her if we could talk to her, but she politely declined. We all realized that she didn't really want to do it, so we decided to find somebody else. We ran into the owner of the rose buns shop that both Mia and I know very well.

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Today, we embarked on our first half day trip, destination, Wind Farm. Once we arrived, the sight and view was unbeknown to me. Every single thing you saw from the farm was tiny, except for the wind turbines. I kid you not, seeing the wind turbines in person for the first time is a sight to remember. I will always be able to replay the scene:

Mr. T said "heads down everybody, till we get to the turbines. Okay, look up."

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Today was a relatively regular day. Nothing notably interesting presented itself today, although, there was one thing that happened. During my wellness time, a dog came by and interrupted me. As I was jumping rope, it came over, started barking quite loudly, then it started playing with Marco and I. It was fun but distracting, and I honestly do not know why that happened, but I do know for sure that it was strange. Other than that, as I have said before, it has been a relatively normal day.

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Today, there was rain, and although not heavy rain, it was constant. It kept drizzling, and it was only enhanced by the low temperatures (low tens). Today was definitely something that I am not going to forget, and that is because from day one of Microcampus to now, day 17, it has been incredibly warm, sunny, and dry out. Today was something completely unexpected, and it has stayed like this for six hours already. Then, Mr.

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Today, my Service Learning group (Debbie, Marco, and I) decided to go to Chengdong to do service learning work. During our time there, I ran into Mr. Yang, who I actually I met a couple days ago while I was out in the same area with Jason. It was incredible because he remembered me from the first time we met, even though it was only a fifteen-minute conversation.

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After finishing an hour of inquiry work, Debbie, Marco, and I embarked on a trip to Chengdong. Together, we are a Service Learning group, and were trying to find a person to be our partner. We ran into Mrs. Yang, who was amazing and made small talk with us. We showed her one of the videos, and she laughed as she realized she recognized the man in the video. As she agreed to be our Service Learning partner, we took a photo to show to Mr.

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One of the most incredible parts of the Microcampus experience is going through the process of the Service Learning project. This is because when completing your project, each and every one of us is to go outside our comfort zone and talk to elderly locals in the area. My group, which includes Debbie and Marco, had a hard time in the beginning looking for a service learning partner.

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Starting our Service Learning project was definetely the highlight of today. Although we have not officially posted any information yet, we received our service learning groups, based off of our count-off numbers. My group consists of numbers 1, 3, and 5, which means I am with Debbie and Marco!

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Our Inquiry Projects are rapidly nearing the end. Today was the day that we started and completed Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and after that is the Final Product. The Final Product is something that I am eagerly waiting to do and I have several ideas in mind for what I am going to do. I have written my guide for what I am going to do in my Phase 4. Also, today is the very first day for Inquiry Project work where we did not have to sign up for teacher support.

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Today was one of the busiest days that I have ever had at Microcampus. This day was spent working on Service Learning, and tons of effort went into it. Firstly, when I woke up in the morning, I had a couple of hours to work on my Service Learning with Audrey before our first "Pearls of Wisdom" session. Unfortunately, the first session did not go incredibly well.

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Today was our first time following a specific WIPPIS schedule. This includes wellness, inquiry project worktime, pitching in, and still time. As this was the first time doing WIPPIS, we were assigned certain time slots to do certain things, with certain people. I was with Audrey today, and we spent still time in a wood carving studio that we found. It was really interesting as we not only met new people, but got to see how they lived their day-to-day life.

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Today was the first official day of Microcampus. We arrived soon after lunch, and even during our walk towards our new home, I began to feel the sense of the bonds Microcampus has with the local community. We spent the day with each other, and all went to the music room. Within a couple minutes, we all found ourselves in the instrument room. We ended up spending two hours there, switching between the piano, the guitars, and the banjo.

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Today, Jason and I started off our day by getting up for a morning run. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, as while we were running, we ran into some local villagers who were already awake, delivering noodles. We made conversation with them whenever we passed by, in which was probably 2-3 times. In addition to that, it was nice to get to know the area a little better, and find new paths to new locations.

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Today was such a busy day! Personally, the highlights of the day was what happened after lunch in Sifangjie. We had just finished our tour, and were given the task to find our way back. I was with Marco and Debbie, and it proved to be a challenge as none of us had a really good sense of direction. However, it gave us the chance to work as a team, and we managed to reach home without asking for help.

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One of my highlights of the day was starting Phase 3 of my inquiry work. I had Mr. T as my support teacher, and he showed me the perfect spot to start people watching, as that was how I planned to study body language. It was interesting to see the difference between locals and tourists, and how based off their clothing and/or body language, I was able to make accurate guesses about who they were, most of the time. Moreover, during this inquiry work time, I met locals along the way, as Mr.

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