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Today was the first day of week 2. One different about the schedule from this week and last week was that now we get to choose who we have WIPPIS time with. I spent this time today with Angela.

nolan01px2021's picture

Today was the start of the week and I'm glad to report I am not ready. The sudden workload caught me a little off-guard in the morning but I was able to ease my way back into the week. At the bank, i had a great conversation with a nice elderly lady. She was very nice and have heard from other people about our program. Today was also a beautiful day and the way to the bank we found a wonderful Bao Zi place. Up next I have my conversation with the Mr. Du, An antique dealer nearby to talk to hm about his children. 

barton01px2021's picture

The one very special thing about Microcampus is that there is ample opportunity to make connections. There are many nice people here in Xizhou. For example, the first real connection I've made was Mr. Zhang, whom everyone refers to by Lao Mao. He sells antiques near the Linden Centre and is a very nice guy. He always smiles and is always very welcoming. I really like how the people in this village are very honest and warm. The Xizhou community is a very tight community. It's this kind of community that we need. The kind of community one needs to succeed.

nicole01px2021's picture

History always fascinates me where we record pieces of the past and teach it to the future. Today we have 150 mins of 150 years of China's history. The purpose of this lesson is to teach the accurate events that happened here in China, so we could complete our service learning project. It makes me really happy that i learned these accurate events because in the world right now many information we gather are false. For example, websites that would not tell the truth because they are would want to hide it from everyone or they do not even know the infromation at all.

 
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annie01px2021's picture

Today was the first normal weekend here. We had our 150 years in 150 minutes talk today. I learned a lot more about Chinese history. I learned how China was before today. We talked about the Hundred Flower Movement that I have never heard of until today. It was quite interesting and I think it has got me ready for Service Learning.

nicole01px2021's picture

Today from one pm to five thirty pm, we have the freedom to do anything we want to do. So, I cleaned my room, fix phase 2, fill in my calendar, exercised, and meditate. Meditation was the best part of my day where I listen to this youtube music and just meditate in a sleep position. It was so relaxing once I got the hang of it. I felt that I was so relaxed that it was the only time I did not worry about the past or the future. I just listen to music and breath.

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Today marks the start of a new week. My goal for this week is to stay dialed in and always roll out as many backup plans as possible. I would also like to stay healthy and ready. I have filled out all the slots in my Schedule Planner already. I know every single Microcampus alumni emphasizes that time flies. The first time you realize how fast time flies here is when you are actually here, mentally and physically. Our time here is very precious and the priority should be put on making connections with the community.

laura01px2021's picture

It has officially been one week since we have been in XiZhou. We had our morning pitching in and Annie and I did our laundry. We also did our wellness reflection and posted it as a comment underneath our Wellness plan. In the wellness reflection it asked questions such as how we were feeling and next steps we were going to take. After that we did not have much planned for the day so we basically got free time. For lunch today we got fried banana in our menu.

nolan01px2021's picture

Today was the first day of a weekend. We started our day off with a talk on 150 years on Chinas history in 150 minutes. It was really interesting to hear about china's history. After lunch, we had to go out for about an hour to have conversations with people. That was really interesting to just connect with people for our service learning project. Today was very chill and laid back with a lot of downtimes. Today's evening activity is skyping back home with friends and cant wait to talk to them. 

 
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laura01px2021's picture

Today was the first weekend we spent in Microcampus. We got the chance to sleep in until nine thirty which was when breakfast ended. We had the 150 years in 150 minutes lecture where we learned about the history of China from the 1830 up to 1949. We also got an intro to our service learning project. Today was a really chill day and we got a lot of freedom. Today not much happened. We went out during our down time to talk to some locals and to get to know them some more. We played hacky sack for a while, and then stopped for a while because we got tired.

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Today marks our first weekend here in Xizhou. Mr. Tafel gave us a very amusing lecture of recent Chinese history, 150 years and 150 minutes. This is to put the information our service learning project partner gives us into context. For service learning time today, I talked to Mr. Wang in the antique shop. He was very willing to talk to us and looks forward to working with us further. I think that it is pretty cool to make connections with locals. It's all great fun and a unique opportunity as well.

nolan01px2021's picture

Wind turbines, Wow. Today we took a trip to the wind turbine farm. At around 3:00 we were able to choose either to go to a tie die factory or to the wind farm. If you get the chance you need to go to a wind farm and stand in front of the Turbine. the amount of wind and how strong it is is tremendous. Before the field trip we didnt have WIPPIS time. We only had inqury project time until 3:00. Today was a great first week and i cant wait to see what the weekend can offer!

 
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laura01px2021's picture

Today we only had two hours of inquiry project time. Instead of having a normal WIPPIS time where we did wellness, pitching in, inquiry project, and still time, we only had our inquiry project time. When we woke up today, we played hacky sack again. I still am missing most of the kicks and not receiving them, thankfully I am slowly but surely improving. After we had our inquiry time we got to go to the wind farm. Four of us headed to the wind farm to see the wind turbines, and two of us went to ZhouCheng to learn about the history of tie dye and some of the processes.

nicole01px2021's picture

My highlight of the day was when Mr. Tafel bought us pineapples and they was the best pineapple I ever ate in my life. Pineapple for me used to be a fruit I occasionally eat because of the bitter taste. However, this pineapple had a taste of sweet flavor twirling in my mouth. We got this pineapple just outside of our living area "Bao Cheng Fu" and there are living wonders just anywhere in Xizhou. The reason it has a bitter taste is because they wash it with salty water.

nicole01px2021's picture

Today was our first time communicating with the villagers to get information about our inquiry project. I choose Mr. Yin for my local contact because he was one of the main five wealthy families. Today, he was not here, so I interviewed Mrs. Yin, his wife. I felt that I was not prepared for talking with her and there was many awkward silence. To make sure that this does not happen again, I am going to write down some chinese vocabulary and practice more on speaking out my question.

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Expectations in Microcampus are much more higher compare to Shanghai where we could choose to not follow directions and still be forgiven. In Microcampus, we have to work together as a family and remind each other follow these instructions, so we could still meet the expectation. However Microcampus is more than following these directions, but making them a habit in Microcampus or life, and these would really improve ourselves.

nolan01px2021's picture

Day 6 of Microcampus and where do I even start. Our Superior group has been troubled lately, Ecpesccaily when it comes to following instructions. We are getting constantly reminded on what to do and to follow instructions. Today was definitely a wake-up call for our entire group. In the future, we will be sure to think before we do something, Follow directions better and listen to instructions. Today was a good day because today was a day of growth, We learned our lesson and hopefully, in the future, we can apply this to our daily life.

nolan01px2021's picture

It is the 3rd day at Microcammpus and also the first day of Still Time. We started off our day with the daily meeting. There we were able to talk the plan for pitching in. After the daily meeting we had Pitching in for around an hour and a half. During Pitching in we meet with our committee to see what the plan is in the future. My committees are Food and Menue which is planning out what we eat, banking and financing which is distributing the allowance every 4 days and Laundry We stopped which is assigning laundry to people. After lunch we then moved on to our Inquiry projects.

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