Day 28: Why I Came To Microcampus
I am Sunny, and I was a part of the Microcampus program that lasted from March 10th to April 6th. There were several reasons that I left home for a month to come to this program. Firstly, I wanted to be able to become more responsible for myself and discipline myself for the future that follows. By disciplining myself, I am able to make sure that I can control myself to do the work I need to do and also leave enough time for fun and play for myself. By coming to Microcampus, I am able to focus on my work as there is much more incentive for me to do my work without distractions because if I do work and then start playing later, I am able to do so without any worries. The Microcampus program also allows me to garner better sleeping habits by having to sleep by 10 so by being a part of the program, I am able to gain the habit of sleeping earlier and therefore allowing me to do work when I wake up next morning.
The next reason is so that I could be able to learn about something I want to learn about because by choosing my own topic, tea, I would be able to have much more energy researching the topic because I am interested in it. Unlike if I was in school learning about something I do not want to learn about, which would make me uninterested and have little to no energy to learn about such topic. By learning about tea, I have realized my love for learning things I m interested in because I I would always learn about something that I was sort of interested in, so by researching tea, I want to learn more about tea after every day learning about it. The lesson taken away from my research is that learning something I want to learn is much better than learning something that I do not want to learn.
The third reason is to connect with the local community. Through the Microcampus program, I am able to meet and talk to whomever I like to talk to almost all of the time to learn about Xizhou and its culture. Through the Microcampus routine, the teachers are not the one in Yangzuoran or anyone who is authorized, but instead, the entire community is my teacher. Through this, I am able to learn many things from many perspectives. By doing this, I am also improving my skills to socialize because by talking to strangers every day, I have learned how to start a conversation easily. I want to connect with the community because of I really want to know more about the people in this place that I call home for 28 days.
To sum it all up, I joined the Microcampus program to be more responsible, to learn more about a topic of my interest, and to improve my social skills and develop connections with the people in the community. After the experience, the habits I gained and the connections I made will stick with me throughout the rest of my life. Even if I will never come back to Xizhou (I probably will come back by the way), I will remember the people here forever and the lessons they have taught me.