Day 20: #FOMO Minus the FO

After getting my hands back on the violin again, I began to realize everything that I was missing out on.

Firstly, I realized my violin skills were taking a dive. Paganini's Caprice #24, which I had begun to work on before my violin back split in half (Do not ask), was abysmal. The theme already sounded awry, with my fingering too high. The variations sounded even worse, as my usually smooth fingering turned into a frantic shuffle. My Intro and Rondo Capriccioso was even worse, with Camille Saint-Saens probably rolling in his grave...

Secondly, I realized I was out of practice in chess. Playing, I made many elementary mistakes, blundering pieces and pawns. I have a chess coach who lives in Atlanta, GA, and he usually looks at my games of chess I play on As I made mouse slips and hung pieces, I could imagine his face (I had met him twice)... I have class with him online tomorrow, and I am kinda excited about it, although I could imagine him saying: "Oh, Ethan..." dragging the than really long.

Thirdly, I realized I was completely out of loop with my math. Unlike the rigorous training I receive in my regularly scheduled math classes, I found myself having trouble following my calculus (What did differentiate mean again?) and I could feel my out-of-the-box thinking skills slipping.

One of the only things I was getting better at is my fitness. Because of the long periods of unscheduled time, I had time to do Crossfit. But as I said yesterday, that was probably ruined by half the slice of the luxurious chocolate cake I shared in Dali Old Town.

But hey, Microcampus is worth it. I learned a lot, got to spend times with a lot of my friends, and have a blast along the way.

P.S Special shoutout to Pessoa Coffee, near the Linden Centre. The owner, Peter, is really friendly, and they serve really good drinks. And I know, because if they did not I would not have visited for SIX times. While you cherish your remaining Microcampus time, be sure to visit!


Hi Ethan,

Hi Ethan,

When you are back to Shanghai, you will have plenty of opportunities to catch up on violin, chess and other activities. But the opportunity to live like a local with your new found friends is once in a lifetime. Experience and enjoy to the fullest and bring back the memories...

Trading places

Staying between Cang Shan and Er Hai, submerging into local culture and enjoying Yunnan delicacies, without violin, math and other extracurricular activities “forced” by parents, What a life! I am sure that many people want to trade places with you.

By the way, what happened to your violin?

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask." Over the course of Microcampus, I have experienced the individual freedom that I have been grappling with ever since I have left Shanghai. Who am I? Why am I here? My Microcampus-era posts and thoughts would go to reveal my struggle against who I am, a struggle you will soon face in Microcampus. And now that I am back, I may have but a fragment of my answer.