Day 28: Why I Came To Microcampus

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,

Please MAKE BACKUP PLANS and trust the process. Let the accolades speak for themselves. Just give 100% and so I will not fade into oblivion in the sea of Alumnus. Please, younger self, be more open. I know I did receive an award about making good connections. But if I hit the ground making connections, I will have many more meaningful connections. Please take more responsiblity and propel the group at the start. This is a canoe, not a cruiseship. Everyone has to man their own guns. When you arrive in Xizhou, be kind and be courteous. Embody the Microcampus spirit. If you want to know the secrets of the Hall or winning Jammies, it is to give all you have on whatever task is at hand. Trust the process and go with it, it is built to make Hall of Famers. Of course, remember to take in some wisdom from not only Hamilton, but "ordinary" people here. Actually, no one is ordinary. Everyone shines brightly in their own way. Please enjoy Xizhou, the people, the air, the scenery, and celebrate the growth that comes with it. 







Great job!

To Barton C
So far I only read your introduction and your journal. That 's incredible! I couldn't open the film on my cell phone yet, I will try it on my PC this weekend.YOU ARE SPECIAL & AMAZING!
My husband is also a fan of history, I asked him if he knew anything about the Flying Tigers? He said he heard about it, so we will watch your film together!

Hi there! My name is Barton C. I am an alumnus of the Superior Group (1703). I had a great time in Xizhou during the Microcampus program. I am a baseball player, die-hard fan of the Detroit Tigers as well as a licensed single-engine pilot. I would like to give special thanks to Mr. Tafel, Ms. Mai, my family, SAS teachers, administrators, my teammates, and of course Sofie, for making the trip so memorable. My project focused on the preservation of the Flying Tigers' history in Xizhou. If you are interested in a project regarding the Flying Tigers or aviation, you may reach me via Skype (bartonisawesome), email (, or WeChat (DieHardTigersFan).