Day 1: The First Step

The day started early, with me crawling out of bed, and stumbling to get ready. The night before had been a hectic day of final packing. However, everything was worth it. We arrived at the airport, and everything was set. Taylor and I ate at Costa Coffee for breakfast, hopped on the plane, sat on a bus for 7hours, and, with much difficulty, arrived at the Linden Center. It was amazing at first sight, especially as we had just walked with all our luggage (which is quite heavy) for about 10 minutes non-stop to reach there. After massaging our sore shoulders and organizing our bags, we went for a five-minute walk around the three courtyards, and, after a brief introduction, ate a delicious dinner. The dinner was the first dinner of fresh vegetables and healthy cooking. Our table was nearly in tears from the amazing flavours, and the appreciation of a nice meal after a day of travel was very much welcomed. That night, for the first time in forever, the Fearless Group saw twinkling stars, and faint shine of the planet Jupiter. It was breathtakingly amazing, and we stared at them until the thought that we would be living in this environment for 28 full days really sunk in. Tonight I sit on my mattress-of-a-bed with Taylor and Eirean, tired yet anticipating tomorrow. A wonderful way to begin the Microcampus journey.


Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.