Day 28: Why I Came To Microcampus

Why did I come to Microcampus? Even until now, I do not have a direct and specific answer. But perhaps it is because there are so many factors to it, that there are so many different answers for me. 

I came to Microcampus to challenge myself. Being in a whole different environment, it allows me to step outside of my usual "bubble". Being more of an introvert, I was very uncomfortable with stepping out of my comfort zone, trying to get to know more people, going up to strangers to start a conversation. But this is what Microcampus is all about; going out into the community, stepping out of your comfort zone, overcoming challenges and having personal growth. But here, I am able to do all of that without the help of adults. This is also a challenge for me project-wise. In school, teachers would usually create the dots, and instruct you to link them together to create a piece of work. But here, it is up to you to get out, place the dots, connect them, and create something beautiful out of those lines and dots. That is what I like most about Inquiry projects and Service Learning. 

Being out here, I get to have a stronger sense of self-responsibility. It is very rare for a small group of students to travel from one side of the country to the other, especially for one entire month. Getting out into an entirely different environment without physical support from your parents could be a challenge to many students. So, everything you have to do, you have to do by yourself. Of course, you also have the support of teammates and teachers, but you will have to remind yourself about your responsibilities in Microcampus.

So this is why I came to Microcampus.

I came to learn, to challenge, to overcome, to understand, and to have fun. 

And I hope all the other Microcampus students came because of these reasons too. 

Greetings! I'm Emily, and I was part of the Wildfire group of Microcampus. No doubt, I was not only able to travel with my fellow classmates and teachers but also able to have the chance to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and my Shanghai "bubble". It has been an indescribable experience, and I hope all future Microcampus students are able to cherish the wonderful moments in Xizhou.