Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus

When someone like me saw an opportunity like Microcampus, I overlooked it. I had a couple of friends who attended the Winter Microcampus Trip as the Revival group (i.e Jerry X., Kevin G.) and they said that I should go. I, however, could not decide. Originally, I was planning on not going to Microcampus. There are several reasons for why I had this choice, the main one being I did not want to get out of my comfort zone. Another reason for why I did not want to come was, I wanted to attend the eighth grade China Alive. However, applying for Microcampus might have been the one of the best ideas that I have ever had. Over these past four weeks, I have witnessed myself change tremendously. I changed from the average eighth grader to someone understands that they are not the center of attention

Before coming to Microcampus, I thought it would be a trip similar to China Alive. But boy was I wrong. When I started talking with Mr. T before departure, I was told that Microcampus is something worth experiencing, especially if I have gone to China Alive in the past two years. Another thing that he said was, at Microcampus, you are leaving the Shanghai "bubble" and living life on your own. When Mr. T said this, I thought it would be an experience that I definitely want to have. After arriving in Xizhou, I knew he was not lying. I knew that I would have a lot of adjusting to do in order for me to do well.

While staying here in Xizhou, I learned several different things, as well as experienced a lot of personal growth. During our Inquiry Project, I learned that not only do you have to get out of your comfort zone fast, but it will help tremendously in the long run. My skills in communication have improved dramatically; and although I could improve when I am at school, applying it out in the real world is the true way of learning. Although improvement in Chinese was a good reason for why I came, it is not my only reason. I have met multiple people out here in Xizhou, and from each of them, I learned their life stories. I realized that every single person in the whole world has a story to tell and that I am not the center of attention.

After these 28 days at Microcampus, I have experienced substantial growth and expanded my friendship bubble. I met several different locals and learned their stories. I tried my best to leave a positive impact on Xizhou, and I think that I did quite well with that. All in all, Microcampus is a one in a lifetime experience, and I have learned many things here that I would never learn in school. I would like to give big thanks to Mr. Tafel as well as Ms. Mai, Ms. Song, and the Tactical group for making this trip a memorable one. 

My name is Jason M. and I am from Carmel, Indiana. I am currently attending SAS Pudong and I am almost at the end of eighth grade. The experience that I got from the journey to Xizohu was probably one of the best that I have had. I am really proud that I attended Microcampus, and that is because I learned a lot of not only myself but Xizhou as well. The trip to Xizhou yielded several different small experiences that added up to one huge journey. Hopefully, I can pay another visit to Xizhou sometime.