Day 27: Grateful Goodbye

Note: I am feeling incredibly sad that we have to leave Xizhou very soon and thus I will pour open my heart into this journal...

Leaving a place is always hard and especially when you move on from one big project. You always feel like you're going to lose and forget something that you will cherish later on. As much as those cheesy quotes with cheesy sunset pictures that have no relevance to the words at all go, technically these worries always happen and that we just need to embrace and understand that it always happens whether we like it or not. Just like Traditional Chinese medicine, some of us may not agree with letting go of those ancient techniques, however, if the public demands for Western medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine may just be forgotten. Thus, I will leave all my thoughts here in this final free journal post. (Day 28 will be about why I joined Microcampus)

Dali Old Town

Surprise! I am sure that since our group has only been to that town only two times throughout this 28-day experience, you would not have expected this to be important as part of my journal...I guess technically you are right, but since the trips were always so much fun and so eventful, it would be a crime to leave this place out. Also, because last night after the Service Learning sharing experience, we had gone to the town as some sort of celebration. 

Last night, Aria F., Lily H., Clark W. and I had gone to the Bad Monkey together for dinner. Surprisingly, I realized after the time, for once I was not pondering about what life would be like once we left Xizhou, Yunan. It felt... free I guess... We wandered through the night streets just thinking about how much we have learned over the course of this journey and how much it will affect us when we end up back in Shanghai. For me, especially, I will probably never forget how close (despite some of my worries) that we would all get. I feel like Dali Old Town is a place where it reminds us that perhaps globalization or loss of culture may not always be horrible and must be stopped (of course there are other arguments, I am just merely explaining a few). It shows the effects of globalization (good or bad) and brings back parts of our Shanghai city lives.

Inquiry Project

Man, it is really hard to believe that I have gone through all 5 phases and that everything is pretty much all completed! Of course, we all knew it was coming, but none of us truly expected to arrive here and be completely done with this long journey. It is like expecting to that virtual reality was invented; we all knew that it was probably going to be invented someday, but when it first came out, no one truly expected it to happen. Just reading from Phase 0 all the way to Final Product just cause waves of nostalgia to crash all over me. To just see how my ideas and thoughts have changed throughout this entire process is like watching an entire movie unfold, how everything eventually fit together and worked out...

Technology

It is a pretty big coincidence that SAS had issued new cellphone ban while we have been on the Microcampus experience and taken a break from our smartphones. While there are many backlashes from the SAS community, I think a big point that we all have missed is perhaps the fact what phones were truly designed for. Essentially, the invention of a telephone was supposed to allow people to communicate from a distance, overseas even. However, nowadays, phones have become the platform to share our lives on, even when it is still a tool to communicate, the term communication has been changed. Communication is now through technology, human to human interaction becomes less. People rarely ask about each other's lives since it can all be found on the many different social media platforms that can be found out in the world... 

Xizhou

Microcampus Peers

Hoho! I actually purposefully left this part blank until I had gone on China Alive to just see how the difference in peers could have on the experience on the trip.

I may honestly just keep on updating the lists of things that were just plain amazing throughout the trip.

 

Comments

After Microcampus, my life has been greatly affected by the new and different experiences that were offered during Microcampus. From being able to work efficiently and effectively to having meaningful conversations with (at first) strangers around me. I know understand the difference between "giving" and "trading" and the awareness of impact. How that perhaps people in need aren't necessarily always wanting gifts, but instead a trade, a bond, an understanding between two drastically different people. I also realized how much could be gained from just viewing the world around us and not just our smartphones and computers. For once, I noticed how the buildings were set up in a certain way or how some certain art was covered, I feel this type of education has been more effective than any other program I have ever tried out.