Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus
Before I came to Microcampus I wanted to come to get outside of my comfort zone, experience real China and mature as a person. While I still cared about what my first 2 reasons I was really looking forward to coming home to Shanghai more mature and responsible. I had this idea that I might go through some sort of transformation and come back different.
Although, I probably did change on Microcampus I now realize that Microcampus does not change a person, it gives them the choice to change themselves. If you approach Microcampus with a good attitude and decide that you want to learn from the experience then you will end up with the knowledge that enables you to change yourself. If you approach Microcampus with a bad attitude then all you will end up with is a bad experience and a wasted month where someone else could have gone and had a good experience.
I enjoyed interacting with the locals. In Shanghai people usually do not stop on the street to talk to some one or go up to some one random and hit up a conversation. That was a requirement at Microcampus and the locals could not have been more cooperative and kind. I hope I will be able to bring back a little bit of the Xizhou experience and friendliness to Shanghai.
I strongly recommend Microcampus to all future 8th graders and urge current 8th graders to reapply. My time in Xizhou taught me so much about myself, leadership, followership (being a good follower) and myself. My only regret is not applying the second applications were opened. Every piece, mistake and success was a part of the experience, even though I may have messed around and got behind on my work I do not regret it because it showed me that I needed to change.