Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus?
Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?
The discussion of signing up was a hard decision and I spent a lot of time contemplating if Microcampus was the right thing for me. Many people around me told me that it was the right thing for me and that I should take a shot at it and applied. This was one big reason that I signed up, a lot of people told me that this program was just the right thing for me and that even though it might be hard and some places that I would like it and it would change me. I think that this was a big reason I signed up, but I made sure that I had other motives other than the fact that a lot of people wanted me to.
Another reason I signed up was that I loved the outdoors and the adventure of a program like this. From what I heard from the presentations and other people, it was a trip to a rural part of China where we would spend some time biking, hiking, and camping. That sounded super fun for me and just what I wanted to do. I felt like it was going to be a lot of outdoors and a lot of leaning out there and it was exactly what I expected, and I am glad that I came.
The final reason I came was that I wanted the challenge. I knew this was going to be a challenge from the very beginning, I mean we were going to a village for a month in the rural parts of China and I barely knew one once of Chinese. That was going to be a giant problem that I had to overcome, and it was, but I found ways to solve it, and that was part of the experience. The whole month ended up being filled with problems and challenges, and that was what I expected, and I wanted that, I felt like living in the bubble was smooth sailing with mediocre lows and mediocre highs. Here in Xizhou, I hoped to have some fantastic and happy moments and some severe problems and challenges to overcome.
All in all, I think that this experience has taught me a lot and that the reasons for applying and coming to Microcampus were all the right ones. I am thrilled that I took the risk and signed up for this fantastic experience.