Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus

There are many reasons why I thought I came to Microcampus in the beginning of the trip, but now that I look back, these reasons ared different. The biggest reason is personal growth, and discovering different things that I didn't know about myself before. On the hike, I had to adapt to different things that I was not used to, and I discovered different strengths and limitations that I had. Every day that I was here, I did things out of my comfort zone, and outside the "bubble" of Shanghai. This meant discovering different things about myself that I didn't know before. I worked on my different weaknesses to improve them, and because of that I have grown more as a person. This trip helped me to realize myself, and I think this is why I came to Microcampus.

I will miss everything about Microcampus so much after living here for a month, so I decided to write a poem to express something that I think defines how I feel for Microcampus now.



What I Remember

For those 4 weeks-

those 28 days

Maybe it isn’t my entire life

But it had transformed me.

Something that I now recall

Like I would a fleeting dream

But what occurred in that time

Is much more different

Much more powerful

Because it had changed me.

What I remember

Are those free blue skies

Deep and endless

Extending on and on.

What I remember

Are the tumbling green fields

And the wonderful aroma,

Like an Italian restaurant.

What I remember 

Is us together

Sharing laughs, smiles and tears

Can't it be like this forever?

What I remember

Is the beauty I noticed

Something that was always there

But not always seen.

What I remember

Is the peace and the bliss

The content that we had all experienced

Every single day,

Of 4 weeks, 28 days,

That is what I remember.

If I could go back, I would make the exact same choice to choose Microcampus all over again. This has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

I am 14 years old. I lived in Washington State, U.S.A. for 11 years. Then I moved here and have been going to SAS ever since. In my life, I have gone to 6 different schools. SAS is the longest I have been a school since I was 5. I have arrived in Xizhou and am in the process of making new experiences where I can learn about things that are outside of my comfort zone.