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Today, I was able to get the pearl of wisdom from Mr. T of my video that I created for my final product, sharing my learning. It was very stressful until today, I had done my best to make the video with the highest quality I can make since this was the first time for me to use iMovie and edit my own video. We had an electricity outage today, and we could not go on the internet and could not charge our laptops. It was difficult, but it was part of our challenges, and we must go through challenges and overcome them. 

xander01px2023's picture

Today there was a power outage. Of course, we knew it was coming. It was not scary or maddening but it was a nuisance. This morning the shower was so cold it gave me a brain freeze and I was doing everything in the dark from brushing my teeth to making my bed. Breakfast was cold pretty cold and somethings were not there ( the best things). My computer is old and really bad. After only two hours my computer was out of power. The linden centre had power from 11:00 to 2:00 so I went there with my Service Learning group to do work and charge our computers.

pepijn01px2023's picture

Today was a day without any power throughout the day, from 7am-11pm there will be no power at Yang Zhou Ran. This has caused some minor problems/delays in our work. This morning waking up late was an issue and a huge mistake, waking up at eight thirty and having a freezing cold shower is not the best feeling ever but I got over that. Later in the morning, everyone did there Mr. T's Pearls of Wisdom, this is when Mr. T gives us feedback on our final product.

claire01px2023's picture

We had our Pearls of Wisdom session with Mr. Tafel today. Essentially, he reviewed our inquiry project videos and provided feedback accordingly. I see a lot of people needing to fix their entire videos, having to basically start over from the top, but mine did not really turn out that badly. I only needed to fix a couple of subtitles and re-record the ending segment due to background noises and such. With that out of the way, all that will be left is the Service Learning project.

sejin01px2023's picture

The Inquiry Project is reaching its end, and I am not sure whether I am ready to finish. I have too much that I want to share and talk about, but I must summarize my journey. However, it is still difficult and stressful to summarize my 28 days of experience in Xizhou into less than 7 minutes. All my other Microcampus friends have such a great video, and the context is so interesting. Some of the videos make me realize an important lesson, and some make me cry and moves my heart. However, I am not sure about my own video.

cathleen01px2023's picture

I sat in the burning sun, waiting for Ms. Qin's daughter to come. Ms. Qin is my service-learning partner, and although her shop is closed today, we decided to wait for her to receive old photos of her. She kindly had her daughter travel the extra mile from their home in Lake Erhai all the way to Sifang Jie to help us receive these photos. We arrived there at 10:30, promptly waiting. After a few long minutes, I began to be bored. It was then that I learned about the idea of patience. I sat there quietly, collecting media for my inquiry project.

audrey01px2023's picture

Day 23, March 31st, 10 a.m. is only sixteen and a half hours away from the time now. That is the time we get our check from Mr. T, called Mr. T's Pearls of Wisdom. We spent our time, working on our Inquiry Project and Service Learning. We are six days away from the end of Microcampus and returning to Shanghai. Time passes as quickly as the blink of an eye. Hours have passed, with me working on my final product. The video is finally complete after days and countless hours of work.

emily01px2023's picture

We all have a day, where we are determined to finish something. If we stay dialed in, focused, determined, almost anything can be accomplished. This is what I went through today, determined to finish most of my service learning and inquiry work. We all kept going, going, and going, focused in hopes of finishing our projects. Now, because of my determination, I was able to finish the goal I had set today. If you all want to find out which mindset you are in, here is a good template to check:

"I won't do it

I can't do it

I want to do it

How do I do it?

lifan01px2023's picture

Although today is a weekend, we all needed to work on our Inquiry Work and our Service Learning project. I spent the whole morning finishing my video and my reflection and having a Pearls of Wisdom conversation with Mr. T. I feel that the Pearls of Wisdom conversation is very helpful and helped me identify many things that I could not have found myself. The advice that Mr. T gave me is very helpful, some things such as the transitions and keywords that need to be included in my video.

pepijn01px2023's picture

Today has been a long day so far. This morning was a late wake up for me, trying to sleep till 8:30 was not possible with fifteen loud microcampus students talking during breakfast, but I made it work. After breakfast, everyone started to work on the inquiry project again. I started immediately and tried to finish my final video, lucky I finished today so that tomorrow I can easily finish Mr. T's Pearls of Wisdom. This is where Mr. T gives you constructive feedback on your work, which then later you can edit your video to make it even better.

dora01px2023's picture

Today had been a quite busy and productive day like all the other days. Everyone is dialed in on their inquiry projects and service learning work. I am excited for the service learning project share on Wednesday with our partners including the second trip to Dali Old Town. Even though there are days where we all have free time and have fun together, I also enjoy the days where everyone knows what they have to do and are all focused with it. Last weekend in Xizhou, and we would be back to Shanghai by next week.

jacob01px2023's picture

As the sun rose, I heard something inside, sink; an emotion perhaps, with a weight that competes the heaviness of the sun's rays. It remained there in realms of confusion, but I was too bothered with other matters to care for such ambiguity. 

cathleen01px2023's picture

Today was a huge leap into my service learning project. Audrey and I had traveled across Sifang Jie to meet Ms. Qing, our service-learning partner. She had gotten to know us over the past week when we visited her. I remember holding a giant tripod, asking Ms. Qing whether she could allow us to shoot a video with her. She said yes, then said no more. We stood on the other side of the road, watching as people come and go at her stand. She stood there, informing everyone about the little trinkets and the souvenirs in her hand.

cathleen01px2023's picture

I stared blankly at my computer, brainstorming what to write. Under the muzzled haze of my thoughts, I frantically think about the time. Today I was quite in a rush, juggling my Inquiry Project assignment, SAS Essentials assignments, and Service Learning assignments as I work. I spent long hours recording my Service Learning partner, preparing for next Wednesday as it is the presentation day. Looking through the footage, I remembered the feeling of being rushed but still okay from back in Shanghai.

jasmine01px2023's picture

Today, without doubt, is the most stressful day so far. I have been working without stop during my inquiry and pitching in time so I would be able to meet my deadline two days from now. Our goal is to produce a video that shares our learning with our target audience so they would be able to learn from my learning process too. I am hoping to finish all my work before tomorrow so I will get at least 24 hours to revise my work on Sunday. Another reason why I want to get my work done before tomorrow is because there might be a possible power outage on Sunday.

jacob01px2023's picture

The colors of clouds faded to an overwhelming purple then pink then blue then navy then black. The prayers rung out of the mosque in a sudden fashion that no one shuddered in surprise for. The chanter's sound sounded coarse, possibly sixty, with a dotty white beard and wrinkles climbed around his face. He sounded like tears yet the place seemed too still for such passionate emotions.

erin01px2023's picture

"Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard then succeed on purpose."-G.K. Nelson

Today was the second day that we worked on our final product for our inquiry projects. Today, I spent most of my time working on the video. I worked really hard and had to overcome many challenges. One of the main challenges was aligning the photos to the voice over properly. However, after many trials, I was finally able to find a way to align the photos. After overcoming these challenges, I felt really successful and good about my project.

pepijn01px2023's picture

Firstly to start of the day, my group and I had a great time at Mr. Yang's house. We visited Mr. Yang for the second time and third time today. In the early morning, we visited and started recording for our final service learning product, this was quite boring for me because I had no idea what Mr. Yang was answering to the questions, due to the language barrier. But later when we were walking back to Yang Zhou Ran and my group told me what type of interesting things he had to say, it seemed like my time sitting and listening was worth it.

audrey01px2023's picture

As the deadline for Final Product rushes closer to sight, more us are anxious about not finishing on time or being behind compared to everyone else. This afternoon, I have sat in front of my computer for numerous hours, recording, looking for the most fitting music, and photos matching. I starting to feel stressed over the fact that my video is slightly too short and worrying about not having enough information presented. Nevertheless, I push on my limits and worked through challenges.

sejin01px2023's picture

Today and yesterday, I worked on my final product. My final product is a video about my personal growth and personal journey during the 28 days. I talked about the three biggest lessons I learned. I am trying to share what felt and learned, which is very stressful. I am doing my best, but the more I make progress, the more I feel, I can't do this, and I should do it all over again. 

claire01px2023's picture

Since Dora and Pepijn have already found a service learning partner the other day, the rest of the work group went to visit him today for the filming process. His name is Mr. Yang, he works a s a sort-of technician who fixes things like radios or clocks. He was really open to us when we were asking questions and he talked a lot. It was obvious to everyone that he is lonely, so we were more than happy to visit him a second time today. On our second visit, he brought up a plate of fruits, along with yogurt and tea, bought specifically for us.

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