Day 27: Why I Came to Microcampus

"Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success."

I came for a challenge. A challenge that could break me out of my ordinary lifestyle. A challenge that could bring me out of my comfortable little room. A challenge that could take me out of the bland colors of the dull pollution and the blinding sky scrapers of Shanghai. A challenge that could lead me beyond what I could achieve. Therefore, I chose to come to Microcampus to challenge myself in many aspects that I have never imagined of before. Leaving Shanghai for a month, no smart phones, no entertainment. All attention is solely focused on this brand new environment where the lifestyle is unfamiliar and the expectations are high up. I know it would be tough, but at the same time, I know that I could never improve if I do not strive to accept this challenge. Fortunately, 10 other students made the same decision as me. We had a chance of coming together, but this is just a beginning.

Learning is not about being successful, it is about making mistakes. In the first few weeks, we as a group struggled in the life outside the bubble. The ten foot rim seemed so high and unreachable in our shallow eyes. But no matter what, the rim would never be lowered. The results of the game solely depends on how we decide to aim. Mistakes were made, but it was how we learned. There would always be ups and downs in a journey. Without the falls, there would never be moments of stepping up and reviving. We were striving to keep together, and that was progress.

I do not know how success is defined, but I know that we have been understanding, learning, and improving, and that is what I would call being successful. Of course, we are not perfect, but as long as we continue to work together and aim at the ten foot rim, we will always be able to enjoy the sweet outcomes of success. 

I came for a challenge. However, I recognized that Microcampus is way more than just a challenge. Throughout this adventure, I learned to not just look, but see; not just hear, but listen; not just touch, but feel. The beautiful environment, the welcoming village, the valuable culture, and the meaningful connections; the pieces of puzzle each contributes to the fascinating picture of the Microcampus journey, making it a truly memorable experience. What I learned here could never be taught in school, and it is certainly extremely fortunate for me to be able to experience such things in the early ages in my life as they would bring huge benefits to me in the future. Perhaps this is why I chose to come to Microcampus, but the deeper reasons are still left for more exploration. This may be the end of the 27 days journey, but it is for sure the start of something brand new. 

My name is Stella R. I am an 8th grader at Shanghai American School Pudong campus who already returned from Xizhou as a member of the Revival group. The 27 days Microcampus adventure was truly one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had. I will not forget about the beautiful environment with the clean air, green lands, and blue sky, the welcoming village full of cultural and historical values, and the challenging opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in many aspects. This may be the end of the 4 weeks long journey, but it is the start of something brand new.