Day 1: The Very First Step

Today marked the first step of the 28-day journey known as Microcampus. I woke up at around 7 o'clock on the bright Saturday morning, packed my final things and drove to the airport where I met with the people who I would spend the next month of my life with. I said my goodbye's and then we were off. After eating our lunch at the airport, we got on the plane and 3 hours later, we were there. As I stepped off of the plane, the first thing that came to mind was "Dang, this sure is not Shanghai." There were mountains stretching high to the east and beautiful flowers everywhere I looked. It is fair to say, I was overwhelmed. As we drove to Yangzhuoran (where we are staying) I was constantly looking at everything we were passing. Fields of vibrant yellow canola flowers stretching as far as the eye could see, lake Erhai in all of its majesty and the houses of all the people that lived there. As we neared our destination, there was a sudden change from modern architecture to a very rural style. People walking on the streets, riding on their bikes, driving in their cars. We arrived home, ate our dinner and then it was time to go to bed. And by golly was that bed a warm welcome to Xizhou.

I was part of the Microcampus Voyager group and I had an amazing time! Microcampus was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. My topic for the Inquiry Project was antiques and collectibles and I encourage any future Microcampus students to look into this topic. If any students in the future need my help, feel free to contact me at and I will be happy to help! Good luck to future Microcampus students! Sam