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Today was a work day for us, and I managed to get a lot of my Final Product done. I worked really hard today, and I think that my efforts paid off. I'm feeling pretty comfortable with where I'm at in terms of Final product work, and I'm really excited to see my project take shape in the end. Besides that, today was a pretty normal day. Nothing too special happened, and I'm excited to get out tomorrow to continue my service learning work. We finally managed to find a partner after many days of searching for one, and her name is Mrs. Zhang.

lifan01px2023's picture

After two hardworking days, I have finally finished a rough draft of my video, and way ahead of schedule. Obviously, I still need to improve on the video and make revisions but I have something. Now that I have done my video, I am not as stressed as when I started and when Mr. T first introduced the schedule. Next up on my schedule is Service Learning. This should be much better because we are working in a group of four and there is no research needed. Tomorrow I will work on my reflection and start doing Service Learning with my group.

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The next whole week will be busy days. Every one of us has to finish our inquiry project, fully. Along with the service learning group project. Writing a journal every day is actually hard, due to the time we have each day. Hopefully, none of our service learning partner will have any discrepancy on what they have managed together. Even with the large amount of work we need to do, do not forget, work hard, play hard. 

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After finishing Phase 3 and Phase 4, now working on the Final Phase. Reporting and reflecting on our findings on this trip. It is not something easy to manage. With inquiry project and service learning nearly to their due dates I am becoming a buddle of nerves. 5 hours left to finish all our inquiry project. That's A LOT. Final Phase with reflection, video, and script to write. But either way, I have to finish my project, proudly. 

joanne01px2023's picture

Today is the second say of working on my final product. The process may take me a long time, and it may be really hard, but the final product will be worth it. The whole video cannot be more than six minutes, which make everything harder, because we have to fit an abundant amount of information to fit in that short of a time slot. 

xander01px2023's picture

Today I finally wrapped up the last of my inquiry work. The only thing left to do is to have my pearls of wisdom check with Mr. T. I plan to have that conversation tomorrow. Finishing the work lifts a weight off of my shoulders and lets me enjoy my time here. But now Serice Learning is coming up and the weight is put back on. Even though I will be glad to be back in Shanghai I will miss Yang Zhuo Ran and the Xizhou community. This time in Xizhou has taught me many things and hopefully, all those things will stick with me back in Shanghai. 

cathleen01px2023's picture

Last night, I saw the stars in the night sky. Little white dots shimmering. I never really got to fully see the night sky and just look at it. But last night, I did. I saw every little speck, the three stars in the horizons, the two stars that were opposite of each other in the moonlight, and the pitch black darkness of everything else. I thought of how small the universe it, yet how large it is. I thought about how even though we may be small, we have such large impacts. It is something I never imagined the world before, as a place where impacts just happen from the push of one person.

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All today, flashbacks of bright lights illuminating crowded crosswalks would appear in my mind. What is the flashback of? It was of the two hours I spent in Dali Old Town during evening activity the previous night. Last night was known to be a special trip to "celebrate our learning" in Microcampus. The trip was known for its freedom, its sense of novelty, but moreover, a test of accountability. All ten students that went to Dali Old town were given the biggest responsibility so far on the trip: To step out of the box and still do the right thing.

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Because of the mistake I made, my computer was taken away for 24 hours and I missed the opportunity to finish my Phase 4 work while everyone else got to complete it. Because of the work I missed, I had to make up everything I missed today. I worked harder than every today during my Inquiry project time. I managed to complete my Phase 4 and my Introduction for my final product. I'm not mad, because this is all a part of the consequences that I need to face and accept because of my mistake. I'm not going to make the same mistake again.

alan01px2023's picture

Today was not too good of a day for me. I used my laptop for purposes other than learning, so I got into some trouble with Mr. Tafel, and I got banned from using my computer for 24 hours. I feel really bad it because I affected my roommates' sleep and it is something I shouldn't have done. Although Mr. Tafel and I aren't happy about this whole thing happening, I also feel like it was a good experience for me in the long term, because I truly understand why it's wrong and why I should not have done what I did.

sejin01px2023's picture

Today, I couldn't think of anything to write about for my journal. I know that not every day can be special, but I believe there is something to write about everyday. I am writing about how I don't have anything to write for my journal. 

We need to appreciate even a small thing. Even if the day is not special, there is something that happened that you can appreciate. For example breakfast, I ate, gratitude for a friend who helped me do the dishes, or the friends being nice and helping me. However, today, I couldn't find something to appreciate, and that is the problem. 

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Today was the first due date we had to follow through on in Microcampus, and it was the deadline to finish Phase 3. Phase 3 was mostly about background information and information we gathered from local contacts so it's a pretty vital part of our Microcampus journey. I finished answering all of the questions on my list of 10 questions, and I submitted it for teacher review. Tomorrow will be the day we get to work on Phase 4 and complete it, so I'm really looking forward to getting that done as well. Other than that, Microcampus is going very well so far. 

dora01px2023's picture

Today on our way to still time, my friend Becky and I decided to head to the terrace at the Linden Centre. On our way there, we snapped photos of people and the things around us for our inquiry project. When we arrived, there was a big family sitting around enjoying the view like what we were about to do. I saw a woman carefully helping the little girl (I'm not sure if she is her child) drink her juice, and I just had to take a photo of that.

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Yesterday, I along 9 other students were lucky enough to be able to attend the first trip to Dali Old Town. I really enjoy visiting Dali Old Town. Even though it was not with the whole group it was still fun but missed the others that stayed back. I hope that next week all of us will be lucky and fortunate enough to visit Dali Old Town and have a great ending to Microcampus. I along 3 other students ate at an amazing sushi restaurant, the food was really good. It was different than what we are used to here in Xizhou it was nice to eat something different.

audrey01px2023's picture

As my first attempt on better fitting into the community, I went back to my seventh-day Inquiry Project partner, Ms. Li. She is a restaurant owner towards the South-West area of Sifangjie. When I first talked to her about the weather, I noticed her kind and colorful personality. When talked to her today, I conversed with her in a casual manner as if we were long-time friends having conversations like we have not seen each other for a long time. I am grateful for this relationship I have developed beforehand.

lifan01px2023's picture

Today was not nearly as stressful as I thought it was going to be. First looking at the instructions, I thought there was going to be a lot of work. Now, I realize that as long as I mono-task and stay focused, it won't be too long. Today I have finished almost all of the script and recorded half of the whole thing. This is a little bit of what I wrote:

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As we took pictures of the view, our eyes were drawn to this lady. She had a child sitting on her lap and she had a carefree laugh that seemed to brighten the people around her. And as we sat there, we could not help but take a picture of her. 

We were able to capture a picture of both her and the child smiling at the same time. 

We walked up to her, and because we thought the picture perceived so much more depth than just "a photo", we showed it to her. 

Her eyes glimmered in joy as she laughed and said, "I look so natural. So happy."

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