Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus

When I first heard of microcampus, I was in the 7th grade, some of my friends have already signed up for next years trip, whilst I was still figuring out what it was. I have gone to many different people to fine more information about microcampus, previous students who went seemed to have a better idea of it, and gave me lots of encouragement and advice if I ever decided to join.

Moving towards 8th grade, there was a meeting held that helped us understand better of the microcampus experience and purpose. I personally found it very interesting and told my parents about it when I went home, they also thought it was a good idea for me to get out there and learn new things. 

I signed up and after a long period of time, I had recieved an email. It was my ticket to Xizhou in the Yunnan Province.

We did lots of research and planning weeks before we traveled to Xizhou, at that point, I was still imagining what it would be like when we went there. I thought to myself, this is the time to change and learn. I promised myself that I would try my best and I wanted to get out there to see what was awaiting.

28 days of microcampus, was tough and yet surprisingly amazing. I found this trip to be the best month of my life.

As the trip started coming to an end, I thought to myself, why did I come to microcampus? I had so many reasons to answer that question. 

I came to microcampus to learn the different culture, and see it for myself. I got to experience a whole new lifestyle and seeing how that affects the people in the village versus the tourists. Much of my time spent at microcampus was to get out of my comfort zone, I had to spend everyday learning how to figure out things on my own and bursting out of my comfort bubble. 

I came to microcampus mainly to interact with the locals and with everything around me, I wanted to learn things in a way I could never learn in a classroom, I became more independent and aware of my surroundings after all this trip has taught me.

I am very thankful to have been a part of this microcampus trip, and I will keep these memories with me throughout all my days.

My name is Kelly, I am 13 years old and an 8th grader at SAS PD. I have been at SAS for 8 years, and I love it here. Other than the pollution and crowdedness, Shanghai is a very nice place to live in. I am originally from Hong Kong, where I lived for two years, then moved to Shanghai and lived here ever since. I am on the swim team, and was also accepted into AMIS. Living in Xizhou is a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to see what Xizhou has in store. Xizou is a beautiful place full of wonders and excitement, I am really glad to be here and hope to get the best of it.