Day 28: Why I Came To Microcampus

I came to Microcampus because I was interested in changing up my normal schedule, getting outside of my comfort zone, and learning about a different lifestyle and culture. This trip showed me how to try new things and do something you do not do normally. Because I learned how to do these things, it impacted me greatly. I now look at things with a different perspective. I go into everything positively and I try something even if no one else has or someone says it is bad. But now that the trip is coming to an end, all I hope is that I will continue with these good habits. I got rid of my bad habits such as staying indoors when there is something else I could be doing, not being productive, being lazy, etc. I have learned that there is always something to be doing. Whether that is exploring a new area, talking to someone that you do not know, or even going on a simple walk. I appreciate all of the people that have told me to get out and go do something. All of the people that have encouraged me to try something different. Most importantly, thank you Mr. T and Ms. Mai for letting me make mistakes and great achievements.


I did not just come to Microcampus for a different experience. I came bond with the people on this trip, the chaperones, and local villagers. I think I did do this successfully as I have made many connections with different people. I have become better friends with everyone on this trip. I did not even know one thing but these peoples names in the beginning. Now, I know more about others and even myself. One thing I learned about myself is that I will never be perfect and in life there will be room for mistakes. But, excellence and discipline are key factors throughout the process. Without discipline there is no excellence and vice versa. Either way, one can not happen without the other. Mr. T has taught me that I do not need to be perfect. I need to listen to directions and rules when they are first given. I had to respect and trust his word for a month and at sometimes I did not believe it. Now that I think about all the helpful advice that he gave me, I realize that it is true. It is more than true. Everything he said had a meaning. And for that, I can not describe how thankful I am. 


And now we are back to the question, why did I come to Microcampus? Truly, I am not sure. I had been interested in this program since I heard about it last year. I talked to many of my brothers friends to see how they liked it and what they did. All of them told me positive things and I was already interested to come. When I was accepted onto the trip, the first thing I did was cry of joy. I totally doubted myself that I was going to get on. And when I did, I was shocked. More shocked than I had ever been. I was shocked with happiness, nervousness, sadness, and curiosity. Now that I am leaving, those emotions have come back. I am happy to see all my family and friends and catch them up on the things I have done throughout the month. I am nervous that my friends will be different since I have been gone for a while. I am also nervous because I am moving 6 days after we get back. I do not want to set my mind on that but it shocked me when I found out. I am sad because I have made such great memories in this wonderful village. It was brought upon s0 many new adventures for me and I am truly grateful that I was given this opportunity. I am curious if I will ever come back to visit Xizhou. If I will ever revisit the memories I made and experiences I had. I am curious if I will be different back in shanghai. I think I know already though. I will be. I have tremendously changed because of this trip and it will be difficult to go back to the old me. 


Overall, it will be hard to say goodbye to this lovely place. I will miss it greatly and I do not want to have to leave it behind. Microcampus is something that can not be forgotten and I do not think it will be. I know it will always be in my head and in my heart. As I have said before, I can not replace the memories I have made. They mean so much to me. The clean air, beautiful skies, nice people, different environment, open areas, villagers, and all the people here have made me look at everything with a different set of eyes. Thank you to all the people that made this trip possible. Thank you to everyone who supported me with my decisions and the ones who stood by my side the whole time. Thank you Xizhou, the Microcampus program, and Mr. T and Ms. Mai, for changing my life and who I am in, a great way.

My name is Sydney F. and I'm currently 12 years old. (Turning 13 after we come back from Microcampus!) I have been at SAS since the middle of 6th grade, so almost 2 years. Some of my interests include listening to music, playing all sports, reading books, and being with my friends and family. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different life styles and that is one of the reasons I joined this program. Microcampus was a great experience and I am glad I got to share it with the people I did. I look forward to coming back to Xizhou some day.