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Today during Inquiry Project time, I went out and had my interview with a local: Ms. Yan. It turns out that Ms. Yan is a local who takes care of all the plants in the Linden Center. During my conversation with her, I learned about several new plants. For example, the commonality of the Orchids, rumors of the Camellia, use of a plant called wen zhu, and so much more.

 
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Today was a day of multiple firsts. I came to Yunnan for the first time, experienced bumpy turbulence for the first time that I can remember, walked around in the Yangzhuoran building for the first time, and experienced proper local food for the first time. In addition, Mr. T established multiple of the rules and guidelines today that we might have forgotten from the Overnighter. During the afternoon, we had plenty of rest time to establish ourselves in this large, beautiful home.

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We had our first proper view of Xizhou today, and had multiple highlights from the experience. Those highlights ranged from seeing our breakfast being made, nearly getting lost in the village, and hearing a beautiful concert in the Baochengfu (a Linden Centre building). Throughout all of these experiences, Mr. T managed to teach us about culture, science, history etc. through simple observations.

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As the first real workday, today was incredibly fun for all of us. We had our first SAS Essentials time today, which was much more plentiful than my expectations. We did our first committee work today during our first Daily Meeting and our first Pitching In time. Finally, as a reward for a long day, we had our first group bike ride to Lake Erhai (if only I took a photo there!) and experienced the realities of traffic and dusty roads in Yunnan.

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After a mostly uneventful morning, I went to Baochengfu (a house that accommodated multiple previous Microcampus students) with Ms. Mai to see if Mr. Brian Linden could help me with my Inquiry Project. Most of my 3-to-5's recommended him, and he did not fail my expectations. In our conversation, he talked about philosophy, his interesting opinions on multiple subjects and his experience in Xizhou. I understood multiple new perspectives and different angles from which I could focus my project on.

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On Friday, April 14th, 2017, we as the Tactical group had our overnighter where we discussed the importance of all aspects of wellness during our stay at Microcampus. We also reviewed the daily schedule, and got into some of the typical Microcampus routines. Click here for my Pre-Trip Overnighter Reflection.

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Today is out last day here at Microcamus and I'm sad to say goodbye. I am so glad I went on this fantastic trip with great students and teacher. Mr. T Talked about how this trip wasn't guaranteed to be great and that we would need to make it great. Well, I'm glad to say that we've made this trip amazing. We had a great balance between work and fun at the same time learning new things. I will miss Microcampus and this amazing experiences I have made here.

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Before I came to Xizhou, I wanted to join Microcampus so that I can experience the world outside the "bubble." I wanted to experience less modernized and developed city. I have lived in Shanghai all my life. I thought Xizhou would be calm and quiet and nothing like old towns that are made for tourists. I also expected it to have many old and half broken houses. Obviously, when we arrived, I saw a lot more newly built houses and quite a few tourists.

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Today we worked on our service learning project as our priority. We handed in our storyboards at around 9 am. Mr. T was very helpful in giving us tips about our service learning video. During the daily meeting, Mr. T said that our service learning partners have to come. I got quite scared because I did not know if Mr. Zhang would be able to come or not. I knew he had a family business and so I thought he would not be able to join us on Wednesday. At lunch, I went to ask Ms. Zhang, his daughter and she said she will tell him to come which was a relief. The days have been quite busy.

 
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laura01px2021's picture

Today was the final full day at Microcampus. There were some tears shed, some from of which were from me. Today was also the day of the Jammies. Once again this trip, Mr. T did not receive any awards. Today was when we finished all of our wrap up work. Everything that was not done earlier had to be done today. Coming to Microcampus was a truly spectacular decision. I have learned so much and I will take this knowledge with me for the rest of my life. I have gotten to know all of the people in this trip much better and I have made so many bonds with the locals here.

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When I first got to know this program, I have no clue about what this is. Now, as a Microcampus veteran and the recipient of a team-high 7 Jammy Awards, this is a letter of advice to my "younger self."

Dear Younger Barton,

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Before we depart from Xizhou, I would like to thank some people for making this experience possible.

First and foremost is my family, my parents, and just any family member. Thank you for always being there and supporting me 24/7. You Thanks to you for following up on my project. 

I would like to thank Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai for making this program possible and making sure we are on the right track at the start and all the mentorship they have given us on our projects and life as a whole. 

annie01px2021's picture

Today was the day I have been dreading for. It feels surreal that we are leaving tomorrow. This month has gone by faster than I ever thought or expected. I did not comprehend how fast these four weeks have gone by until now. The day has gone by really fast. It is already the afternoon. In the afternoon, I went around the village with Angela to say goodbye to the locals we met. We bid our farewells and hugged the locals. It was a sad day and the gloomy day made it even more emotional.

Updated 1 month 4 weeks ago

The Beginning of Our Service Learning Project:

My service learning partners are Nolan and Angela. Our partner is Yang Nai Nai, Mrs. Yang. She owns a souvenir stand near Sifangjie. Her full name is Yang Mei-Kang. 

Reflection:

1. Who was your Service Learning Partner?

My Service Learning Partner was Mrs. Yang. She is 67 years old and has lived her entire life in Xizhou. 

2. What did you learn about your elder as a result of this experience?

Updated 1 month 4 weeks ago

Our service learning partner was Mr. Zhang. He is 79 years old this year, and is the father of the owner of the Xizhou BaBa store. He was one of seven siblings and has two children. His daughter owns a Xizhou BaBa shop. As a result of this experience I have learned a lot about Mr. Zhang. I learned about his hobbies as a child and what he likes to do now. I learned about some tragedies in his life, and also how he dealt with those tragedies. I also simply got to get to know him as a person better.

laura01px2021's picture

Regretfully today is the final day that we will be staying in Xizhou. As the write this seconds and minutes go by. Seconds and minutes in which I will never be able to get back. Before I came to Microcampus, I thought that I was coming to learn about a topic I chose. I thought that I was coming to step outside of the bubble and to learn about places that are not big cities. I thought that I was coming to focus on one topic. But as this experience is coming to an end and I am realizing that I learned the least about my topic compared to everything else I learned.

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Today is the last full day of Microcampus and I am feeling so sad that we have to leave tomorrow. These 28 days have went so fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned so much as I have written in my day 28 Journal posts. I really want to go out to say goodbye to the villagers but I have to do my check out list which I still need to cleaning my room and packing my bags. I am going to miss this place as it has became so special to me. The good part is that we have the jammy awards later in the day and I am still very excited about who is going to get the award. 

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