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In November, the U Microcampus group will be departing Shanghai to go to Xi Zhou for 28 days.  During these 28 days, we will be investigating a topic of our choice.  In the beginning, Mr. Tafel gave us a long sheet of topics we could choose from. Including an area in which we can make our own topic in case not mentioned on the sheet.

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Today is December 14 and day 27 of Microcampus. Today we had to take all of the books and board games that we borrowed from the Linden Centre Library. In the morning we had to get all of the books that we had from the centre. When all were gathered all of us, but two students took a walk down the Library to place the books neatly on the shelves. On our walk there we talked and sang old songs that we all remembered. When we got there we I placed the board game Settlers of Catan back on top of the shelf after two immensely fun nights of play.

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At first, our Zhou Nai Nai was a little hesitant to come to the event. She ended up coming, but once Mr. Tafel announced that our group was up next, she was yet again a little hesitant to watch our video. Our group was up at the front of the crowd so that we could watch the audience instead of the film. While up there I kept note of what facial expressions Zhou Nai Nai had.In the first scene in our video, Zhou Nai Nai was dancing with a musical stick. She was smiling the whole time, but I also feel like she was a little bit embarrassed about it.

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During the afternoon of December 13th, 2 days before we leave for Shanghai, Mr. Tafel help an event where we shared our service learning video with our service learning partner and other citizens of Xizhou. People who came include Mr. Wang (our service learning partner), Ms. Zhou (the other service learning group's partner), Ms. Zhao (Owner of Old Town Snacks), Ms. Chen (Ms. Zhao's mother in law), and some Linden Centre staff. All in all, today was really successful.

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When Saleem and Julia (our Service Learning group) brought Zhou Nai Nai to YangZhouRan, we gave her a tour of our home. Since Zhou Nai Nai's husband used to work here before retiring 7 years ago, she would tell us where the working area, kitchen and the rooms used to be compared to the design now. She told us that the design now is better compared back to the old days. After showing her around, or more like her telling us where places used to be, it was time for the Service Learning Video Sharing. 

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Our group had a partner early on in the process that agreed to be our partner. We needed to get that person approved by Mr. T to see that that person had not been a partner in the past by alumni. We asked Ms. Mai if our partner has been used in the past and she said that we were all set and that we could ask her for us to film her. When we asked her and told her everything that service learning included and she agreed. We were excited and we set a time when we would come and film her. We set all of our time aside to her. Then a few days later we received an Email from Mr.

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Today's afternoon was very busy for me and my group spent the whole afternoon working on Service Learning. We got our first check with Mr. Tafel but he sent us back to work because we haven't followed his instructions. At 1'oclock we went to have Ms. Ling, Mr. Chen, Ms. Braverman and Ms. Song, native Chinese speakers to check our Chinese subtitles. They gave us a bunch of suggestions and we had to change every single wrong detail. It was very frustrating us we had to be really careful and be precious with our editing and the timing of our subtitles.

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I got to see my new group's service learning partner watch the video that we produced. I invited an older lady that has already been a service learning partner named Chen Nai Nai. she has always been nice and welcoming to all of the Microcampus students. Henin and I walked Chen Nai Nai to Yang Zhuo Ran when we arrived my original group showed our guest around the place that we have been staying at for a month. When it was time to start the sharing I was excited to see what Mr.

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Our whole group was nervous the day it came to the final Service Learning sharing. We had many things to do that day, and we were messing around with our video and trying to make it perfect. That day, Saleem E., Hayley S. (our Service Learning group) walked over to Ms. Zhou's shop to walk her here to Yang Zhuo Ran. We brought her a bag of fruits, which she tried to decline but we insisted that she kept it and so she did.

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My Service Learning partner is Ms. Zhou. Her full name is Zhou Rei Lao (周瑞劳). Ms. Zhou is 65 years old and has lived here in Xizhou for over 40 years, but she is not originally from Xizhou, instead, she is from a neighboring village. Some things that I learned about my partner is that she is a very faithful Christian, and has been since 2002. She converted to Christianity during the lowest point in her life because she felt like the support and love of God was what she needed to get through that time. Some things which I learned about Xizhou's history is that Ms.

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My potential Service Learning partner was a woman and her name was Ms Yang. She agreed readily to my proposition and happily agreed to be videoed, and also our Service Learning partner. Ms Yang was the grandmother of Old Town Snacks and was very welcoming. Ms Yang is from Xizhou and has lived here for all of her life, and her family is one of the main four families here in Xizhou. 

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Watching others present their Service Learning projects were a reminder of my failure, though it was our fault since we had not managed to get a Service Learning partner. However, watching the videos really helped me understand the work and effort everyone put into their Service Learning project. The experience of learning peoples' lives was amazing and I got to learn about what they endured through as a young child and everything that made them what they are today. As I watched the Service Learning projects, I also watched the Service Learning partners' reactions.

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Today is December 12, Day 25 of our trip. So far everything has been perfect and one of the great things is that I finally managed to finish up my Inquiry Project work. While working on my Inquiry Project, I noticed that the sky is a gradient of blue and there were no white clouds covering up anything. You could see that above you the sky was darker and either towards your left or right the sky slowly starts to get lighter. I really wonder why that is. Today's evening activity was Mr Tafel's ultimate wiz-bam super duper trivia night and guess what? I won!

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When I was told I was about to spend 28 days in a village within Xizhou to research a topic we were highly interested in, I was speechless. I never really had a strong interest in one particular topic therefore the list of topics I could research was huge. I went to my brother (Jeffrey) who had gone on the Microcampus trip before and received some advice on choosing my topic. His suggestions were to find a topic that I was not acquainted. 

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Today is December 13th, 2017, and today is the day that my service learning group and I finally finished our service learning video after a long and tough week. We started the day off with a nice and healthy breakfast and then, since our SAS essentials time ended last week, we immediately began with our service learning video. Scene after scene, subtitles after subtitles, our service learning video slowly began to take shape. At 10:00 we went to Mr. Tafel for our first check up. Mr.

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Today is December 12. We started off with service learning in the morning. For the whole day, we worked on our service learning video all day long. When we were done editing for the first time, we went to Mr. Tafel for our first pearls of wisdom. We did all of the pearls that Mr. Tafel told us to do. For dinner, I went out to the Ma La Tang. It was very good, but it is the last time I will be going there. We came back, and we had our evening activity. For evening activity we had Mr. Tafel's All-Star Whiz-Bang Super-Duper Trivia Night.

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Today is December 12th, and we had a big surprise today. Yesterday I heard from some peers that our school counselor Ms. Yo would come to Xizhou for some days. I didn't want to put it in yesterdays journal as I was not completely sure. This morning was very normal until Ms. Yo arrived during our morning meeting! I was very excited to be able to see her. Teachers in the past have come to Microcampus, but never a school counselor. Having her visit as was a great way to a new week.

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There is less than a week left of our trip, it feels a bit bittersweet. This trip has been amazing from the start and I am glad I got out of my comfort zone to see not just rural China, but the see the "real world" that is outside the comforts of our home in the "Shanghai bubble". My favorite memory of the entire trip was the hike, this is because we all made sure that we paid attention to Mr. T's rules so that we were able to go, we also got to use our hiking bags for the first time. Also, in the middle of the hike when everyone was tired we all kept encouraging others to continue on.

ana01pd2022's picture

There is less than a week left of our trip, it feels a bit bittersweet. This trip has been amazing from the start and I am glad I got out of my comfort zone to see not just rural China, but the see the "real world" that is outside the comforts of our home in the "Shanghai bubble". My favorite memory of the entire trip was the hike, this is because we all made sure that we paid attention to Mr. T's rules so that we were able to go, we also got to use our hiking bags for the first time. Also, in the middle of the hike when everyone was tired we all kept encouraging others to continue on.

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Today is December 12 and day 25 of Microcampus. Today we have to get all of our service learning videos finished and given the ok by Mr. Tafel. We will also need to have our subtitles corrected by a native Chinese speaking adult. In the morning after breakfast, it was my turn to do the dishes, when I had all plates and utensils washed and dried, I went up to help my group with editing. We had worked until we had to go down to eat lunch. After I was done with the dishes for the last time this trip I went back to help my group do some more work. This is nearly as easy as it sounds.

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Today is December 9 and day 22 of Microcampus. Today I went to church to find service learning partners. I knew how to get there because I followed a group of students that had a partner and were as well going to the Church. When I first heard about this I was very surprised, I have never seen or have been told about Chinese Christianity. When I got there I was a little skeptical because it looked as though we were going to the back of someone's house. We had to go to the second floor of a building that looked like the back of someone's house.

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