Day 28: Why I Came To Microcampus

There are many reasons as to why I chose to come to Microcampus, but the main reason would be to experience the "Real China". Furthermore, when Mr. Tafel presented Microcampus to us before, he told us that while we were in Xizhou, we would be aiming to achieve 4 goals: expanding intercultural understanding, experiential learning, personal growth, and leaving a positive impact. I knew that, with these 4 goals in mind, this trip would not only be fun but challenging as well. These were the reasons that I came to Microcampus. Keyword: were. Now, looking back at my past experiences at Microcampus, my reasons for going to Microcampus have strengthened as well as expanded.

To be completely honest, Microcampus has been one of the toughest but rewarding months that I have lived through in the past, even tougher than those filled with studying and exams. During this month, my group and I have been taught many life lessons by Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai and I have definitely changed for the better from these teachings. I have learned more about the culture of Xizhou and more about myself as an individual. One of the most important aspects of our work at Microcampus is the balance between work time and pleasure time. Efficiency is key for this. The faster and better we do our work, the more leisure time we get. However, if we are not careful, mistakes are made and in order to correct them, it takes away even more of our play time. To make sure that we can be efficient and accurate a the same time, we monotask. This has proved to be a very helpful suggestion for me here in Xizhou since I have been able to submit every single one of my assignments on time. I believe that this would definitely be of great use to me it the future.  

After the 28 days in Xizhou, another significant reason that became why I came to Microcampus would be the conversations and connection making with the citizens of Xizhou. During the first few days of our trip, I was a young and shy boy who did not know anyone in this rural village. I did not have any connections or friends in the village and I was hesitant to make some. However, through the many encouragements that Mr. Tafel gave to us as a group and the requirements of our inquiry work research, I have made many connections with many shop owners, Xizhou Baba makers, and elders. Soon, after many hours outside in the village, I began to realize that I really do enjoy the conversations and small chats with the citizens of Xizhou. Now, on my last day, I am sure that I will miss these daily interactions. 

To sum up, Microcampus has taught me many things, more things that I hoped and expected for. I have learned not only more about the cultures of Xizhou, but I have understood more about myself as well. I came to this trip with a few things in mind, but I have left with so much more knowledge, understanding, and experiences. Microcampus is  trip that I will remember it the years to come and it will be a phenomenal experience that inspires me. 

Hi everyone, my name is Chris L., 13 years old, and I was part of the 21st Microcampus group: Ultimate. I am back in Shanghai now, and I am getting used to my old schedule. Microcampus has truly been a phenomenal trip. I will always remember all the experiences that I had at Microcampus, the good times and the bad. Through overcoming these tough times, I have learned many life lessons that will definitely help me in the future. Furthermore, I would like to take the time here to thank the Microcampus coordinators, Mr. Tafel and MS. Mai, for making this trip possible. I could not have survived in Xizhou without their help. Over the course of that month, I have grown so much in so many different ways, and I have adopted good habits that will stay with me forever.