Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus

I spent one month in XiZhou. It was a great experience getting to know new people and getting outside of my comfort zone. 4 months ago I applied for Microcampus. With a smile on my face I hoped that I would get in. Based on all of the stories I have heard from alumni Microcampus students, I knew that this was what I wanted. At Microcampus, Mr. T's words of wisdom sounded like they would only impact my stay here but it has changed the way I think. With Mr. T's words of wisdom, I saw the things that I could fix about myself and it was easy. I want to thank Mr. T for helping me through the process of Microcampus.

Before coming to XiZhou we had a huge amount of work. We had to complete Phase 0, 1, and 2. This was a very stressful time because I had schoolwork also and I did not get very much sleep. If you are one of the students who will be going on Microcampus at one point, manage your schedule. I learned that if I got my work done on time or early, I would have time for a break and then do my schoolwork. At this point in the process usually, people are wishing that they had never signed up for Microcampus. This is an easy problem to fix because all you have to do is manage your schedule and be stress free. Before departure, I was nervous to leave behind my family and stressing out about my work. I got my work done and then felt better.

In XiZhou I was a bit nervous at first but then was great. Once you get into the schedule and get out of your temporary home to see the village, it is an amazing experience. Time really flies in XiZhou. It was almost like when we came here and enjoyed the clear air and blue skies, we had to get on a plane and go back to Shanghai. I would recommend to go out way more and not be scared of getting out. If I were to do this trip differently, I would have gotten out way more than I did this trip. I wish that I could have gone other places than close by SiFangJie. I hope that I will be able to come back to XiZhou when I am older. If I do then I wish that I will be able to see more than I did when I was staying here for a month. 

Since I was in 6th grade, I wanted to join Microcampus. I heard people talk about it including the teachers. I was scared as I imagined leaving my home and my comfort zone for a very long time. My friend Aavia went on Microcampus and said that it was an amazing experience. After I heard about the adventures, I wanted to go. I did not stop to think about the cons. Over the  years I have watched daily-video shout outs that teachers have shown us. They said "Look at them! Living by themselves for a month and taking risks." I wanted to be like one of those kids. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and take risks. I want to thank all of the teachers who said that I could handle it out here. This experience means so much to me.  I have learned so much. And maybe when my little brother is in 8th grade, he will follow in my footsteps.

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I am a Moroccan-American. I have an older brother in 12th grade and a younger one in 6th, I also have a cute little toy poodle dog. This is my 5th year in Shanghai American School. I moved from Illinois to here in fourth grade and now I am in 8th grade. I was in Xizhou for Microcampus and am very happy that I got the chance to work with my group for a month. I came in the Nutty Narwhals group on November and we made our departure on December 11, 2015. I will miss XiZhou and the nice people in it. This is an unforgettable month.