Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus

I first discovered Microcampus from flipping through the pages of my sister's yearbook. I started reading the description and was very confused. What do they mean by "the bubble", and why are they skipping school for a month to go to a village in Yunnan? My thoughts about Microcampus vanished during my sixth and seventh grade years, but I occasionally heard information about it from my classmates' older siblings.

However, when I reached 8th grade, I started thinking more about Microcampus and talking to my mom about it. I found the website and started looking at the description. I went through the inquiry projects and their journal posts hoping to find out more about this program. After reading about it, I realized that Microcampus was not simply "skipping school for a month" but instead a place where you could study something that you are passionate about. I loved how we were in control of everything, from our schedules to choosing what places we wanted to go. Freedom is something that I value a lot, but it is not something that is simply given to you. You need to earn it, similar to respect.  knew immediately that I wanted to apply for the program. My parents were both very supportive of my decision, which I was extremely relieved to hear about. 

In the fall, I applied for Microcampus. We had to go to a bunch of meetings in order to apply and also fill out an application. I remember that I, along with ten other people sat in the Garden Room filling out the application. I was pretty nervous that I would not get in, but when I heard that I got accepted, I was really happy and excited. I started thinking about what it would be like to live in Xizhou, and experience the culture there. We recieved the news a month later, and they finalized the final students during January. I was pretty surprised when I heard that our group would only have five people, but I was still excited anyways. 

Currently, I am writing this on the last full day of Microcampus. When I was reading the advice left by alumni, I never really believed how "time would fly", but now I understand. This month went by like a flash, and I got a lot closer with the people I know already and got to know a lot of really cool people. Microcampus is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and also an experience that I will never forget.


Hello! My name is Debbie S. and I am 13 years old. I am Taiwanese and I love swimming and roller coasters. Applying for Microcampus was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made, and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Even though the experience only lasted for four weeks, the memories will stay with me forever.