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Updated 3 months 4 weeks ago

Our Service Learning partner is Ms. Yang; she is 67 years old and owns a stand of embroidered crafts near Baochengfu. From this opportunity, I have discovered so much from her past stories and the lessons that she had learned from hardships. I have learned the difficult times that she had to endure, especially during the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, and so many new ideas and values that were instilled inside of her from those experiences.

Updated 3 months 4 weeks ago
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Finding a suitable Inquiry Project that interests us will be very important because we will asking villagers about our inquiry project for 28 days in a village called Xizhou. The quality and quantity of the preparation phase of our inquiry project will effect how much we learn when we reach to Xizhou. The inquiry project is self picked and is highly run by our own interests. We were provided with a list of topics and we selected our top three topics.

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Day 27 of Microcampus is our last full day that we would spend here in Xizhou, and that somewhat blows my mind. I have not noticed as the past four weeks flew by, and insteaded only comprehended the fleetingness of this trip when it is almost ending. In the afternoon, Annie and I went around the village bidding our farewells and sharing our hugs with the villagers; it was truly an emotional afternoon.

Updated 3 months 4 weeks ago

Our service learning partner is Mr. Zhang who sells Xizhou Baba and is 79 years old. After this experience, I learned about three main values that resemble him as a person which are family, singing, and his health. He really values his family because mostly our conversations are directed to them and he is still working to help his family. He likes to sing as he has told us many songs he remembers and he has sung for us. He also really values his health because he sleeps for 7 hours each day, however, he smokes because he cannot stop the addiction.

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I came to this trip mostly because I wanted a break from school, to get out of my comfort zone, experience China and to experience what my sister had told me. I did not notice how much responsibilities and freedom we had in this trip. Responsibilities started even before the start of the trip, it started when we have received an email from Mr. Tafel that we have to complete our phase 0. I was amazed because I thought Mircocampus work started during the trip.

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We left at 5:45 am to catch a flight to XiZhou. It was a long journey here. We arrived in the afternoon. The sun was bright and sunny even though they say it is only a moderate day. It feels like a dream right now to be here.

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Why I Came To Microcampus. The reason I came to Microcampus was because I am to spoiled. At home I will sometimes wash my dishes, but not all the time. I have someone to do my laundry, I don't do any of my laundries. Stepping out of my comfort zone in shanghai is rare and uncommon. The idea of spending a month away from my family was worrisome but I realized that also is very beneficial for when I leave for longer periods of time.  Growing up and seeing my older sister going on this trip was inspiring. I spent 4 years wanting to go on Microcampus. I knew from early on I was going.

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As inconceivable as it is, today is the last day of Microcampus. The 28 days, 672 hours, or 40,320 minutes has gone by within the blink of an eye, and it is hard to grasp that we will be boarding a plane back to Shanghai soon. The whole experience in this village seems surreal now, akin to some type of dream; I could never compare my life back in Shanghai to every day here in Xizhou. 

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Presenting our service learning video went really well. We had many people show up to watch the videos. I enjoyed watching the audience watch our video because we were able to see all of their faces and their expressions. It was great to see our service learning partner Yang Mei Kong enjoying herself along with the other guests. I'm proud of my video and I'm really glad to be able to share it with everybody else. 

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Watching our partner watch his story was memorable. There were more audience than I expacted and many of the audience was very sad watching the video. I think our movie is very different than the previous ones. I mention this because we had lots of special video clips and props like the letter, the walk, he making Xizhou baba and more. I am not sure if he enjoyed because he was wearing sunglasses, and he left the first. Maybe he left because of his buisness but overall I think we did a really good job of turning our conversations into a movie.

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