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The first and foremost reason to answer this question is simply beacuse I wanted to try something new and fresh. Trust me, I love my life back in Shanghai with my family, but when things stay consistent, it gets "boring." I wanted a change. I wanted to see myself change. I wanted to prove to my family how much growth I can have without the same old daily schedule I have back there. I heard about Microcampus when i was in 7th grade, and the moment I knew what it was about, I told my mother that I wanted to go.
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The most of today is to finish reflections and check-ins, and to prepare to leave on Friday. There are a lot of things that I will be missing in Xizhou: the lifestyle, the different aspects of its culture, and how open the community seems to be. However, I do look foward to returning to Shanghai, as there are many things I miss back home as well. I look forward to reconnecting with folks at school, and perhaps see if I have changed in any way as well. See you all soon!

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When our video started to play, our group was sitting in front of the audience facing the audience. It was an exciting experience since I have never watched my audience watch my product. I have always become the audience and watch my product with them. 

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago

My Service Learning partner is a 59 years old woman named Mrs. Qin. She works at a stall beside the highway, selling small antiques she collected. She stays in Xizhou with her husband and has a daughter and a son who works in nearby cities. From her expressive ways of story-telling, I learned a lot of information about how people lived back then, such as the jobs they did, the food they ate, and the family they had, from Mrs. Qin. Due to her openness, I also learned some darker parts of history from the Cultural Revolution such as deaths and battles.

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Today was the first day of the final projects. The hours building up to inquiry time were filled with fret and worry. We all had our worries, not finishing, to much work. But as the time came, the work went by like the wind by the end of inquiry time My script, introduction, recordings and part of my editing was done. Once again Mr. T was right that the work would be very attainable and by the end, we would all come out with a good product.

dora01px2023's picture

I cannot believe it is the last week for us to stay at Xizhou. Time flies fast when you're having fun. I am actually pretty sure that it would take me ae longer time to adapt back to SAS, since I am already so used to the schedule and atmosphere here. For the last week, all of us are working on our inquiry projects plus service learning. This is a moment where time management would come in real handy. There is just so much to do everyday, I don't think I've ever felt so productive back in Shanghai.

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Today we won the Trivia Night, even though we had the least amount of points at the end of the second round. During the second round, every team put in the maximum amount of points and tried to answer 6 out of 7 questions correct in order to double the points. If less than 6 questions are answered correctly, all points are lost. We were the only team to get everything correct and we won!

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Day 5 of the trip, and us Microcampus students are starting to dive into our inquiry projects. The weather today is beautiful and warm with chilly breezes, just like the other days. My lunch team and I went to eat Tafel Fried Rice again, and one WHOA moment was when I asked the lady working at the store why it is called Tafel Fried Rice. She told me it was because our 老外 teacher taught her how to cook this type of fried rice, so it was named after him. We always thought it was just a coincidence that the rice was named Tafel...but who knew?

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago
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I am Evan S and I am one of the members of the W group Microcampus members. Starting from March 9th, I will travel to Xizhou for 28 days and do research on a topic I am interested in. Like all the other Microcampus members, I was given an inquiry project list to choose a topic to do research on in Xizhou. When I was looking through the long list of possible activities, I realized that there are way too many topics to learn in this community in such little time.

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Today I went out with Pepijn to play volleyball. We planned to go to the empty parking lot and play keep it up. After twenty minutes or so a kid came up to us but we couldn't understand him well enough. Pepjin asked him if he wanted to play with us. Laughingly the kid accepted. We proceeded to slowly play. After a while the kid picked it up and we went around the triangle multiple times. Suddenly without telling us he ran away. After ten minutes of us continuing to play he showed up and we conttinued. After a while he had to go to eat and we said goodbye.

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I think that the most difficult thing to say goodbye to in Xizhou is the quiet spaces. There are rarely any spaces or times in Shanghai where everything is so quiet. I feel that once I return to Shanghai, I will think everything is very loud, opposite of what I thought when I first arrived. Another thing is the amount of freedom we get every day, from doing field research to still time at Erhai. This is limited in Shanghai due to the constant classes and activities every day.

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago

 

By: Becky, Dora, Pepijn, Claire 

Mr. Yang, our service learning partner, is currently 67 years old. He now lives by himself, earning his money as a mechanic by fixing little things like watches and radios. Mr. Yang has one son, and he lives separate from the rest of his family. He is number five of his six siblings, and although they do not live together, they live close enough to hang out often. 

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago

by Audrey, Cathleen, Jake, and Joanne

Our service-learning partner was Ms. Qin, a resident in Xizhou. She is 59 years old and is the owner of a small stand next to the highway, where she has been selling little items such as books and antiques for 30 years. She has endured many events in history, including the Cultural Revolution. Currently, she lives in Shaping, a place near Lake Erhai, and has 2 children.

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When the time has come, my service learning group and I walked Ms. Zhang into the dining area of Linden Commons. "Be careful," we insisted her as Ms. Zhang stepped onto the staircase that leads to the garden nurtured by Mrs. Linden. As soon as we walked into the garden, I could tell from her eyes that she loved this place.  She loved the flowers in the garden and could almost name them all due to her years of experience in making flower crowns.

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Watching the audience watch our service learning video was like nothing I have ever seen. Before I used to watch my own product along with my audience and now watching the audience watch our video, I see their emotions as if I took a trip inside their heads. At some parts of the video, our service learning partner seemed to smile and chat with her cousin sitting next to her. While other parts, she seemed more serious due to some sensitivity in the video that has affected her and her memories.

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Today we had our service learning sharing with the community, It was really fun to have an audience of fifty plus guest. I am glad that all the people that came to watch where entertained and surprised by what was being said in the videos. Our task as the creators of the video was not to sit in the audience to look at the final product with our partner, but what we had the chance to do was try something new.

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When our video started, my group sat facing the audience, so that we are able to see the reactions in them. Through the dim lights projected from the projections, I saw glimpses of Mr. Tan's face. It was our time to share our Service Learning video to our audience, and we were so honored to invite Mr. Tan to come to watch our product. Through the video, Mr.

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I created my service learning video with the help of Erin, Evan, and Emily. Mr. Tan owns a local shop that is a couple of doors down from Yang Zhuo Ran. He was born during a time when China was in chaos, and everyone was living in poverty. His old career was as a photographer. He opened up a photo booth even though it was illegal. Mr. Tan was forced to farm as a teenager and adult and not allowed to go to school. Mr. Tan did not continue his hobby of photography because he thought it was pointless.
Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago
I created my service learning video with the help of Erin, Evan, and Emily. Mr. Tan owns a local shop that is a couple of doors down from Yang Zhuo Ran. He was born during a time when China was in chaos, and everyone was living in poverty. His old career was as a photographer. He opened up a photo booth even though it was illegal. Mr. Tan was forced to farm as a teenager and adult and not allowed to go to school. Mr. Tan did not continue his hobby of photography because he thought it was pointless.
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When our group shared our final service learning video with Mr. Yang today, we were able to see all the reactions he had corresponding to it. During the entire film, Mr.Yang would look at the projected screen with excitement and intensity. He would often lean over to his friend, Mr. Yan, and he would proudly tell him with a smile on his face that "This is me! That was when I was young! Look at my hairstyle back then!" Mr. Yang's excitement really gave us the approvement we needed, as he seemed so very proud of it. 

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