Day 28: Why I Came to Microcampus
When I signed up for Microcampus people had told me it was going to be challenging but I didn't realize they meant this much of a challenge. Now that This amazing trip is coming to an end I have new reasons as to why I came here. The challenges may have truly tested me but it was always for the best. The challenges where my main reason to come here, like Mr.T said "Microcampus does not build character, it reveals it." The challenges revealed my character and it was up to me if I wanted to change. My largest challenge (click here) was my bike crash. This was where my line hit, my habits built up to become patterns thatr lead to this. However this challenge allowed me to overcome others.
Microcampus was also all about the independence. I came to become more independent. Being independent however, is not always easy. Working independently without teachers requires you to focus at all times and work efficiently. Being independent was another challenge for me as I am not always focused. This experience allowed me to realize that without hard work I would fall behind and feel stressed.The challenges I over came while being independent where mostly based on being aware and staying on top of things at all times. My mistakes came with consequences and learning experiences which, for me, is the main reason I came to micro campus. In Shanghai my mistakes have small consequences on myself however here at Microcampus everything has a ripple effect. Now that all this has happened I could have prevented some of the mistakes bu I'm glad I learned from the consequences.
Finally I came here to learn, about Xizhou and my inquiry. Connecting with people in the village was an amazing experience. People are so friendly and you learn so much about not only the person, but also history. Just one friendly conversation about the history of China and you learn facts about the cultural revolution no one ever told you. It was great getting information from people instead of a website. The facts seem so much more real and in the process you learn how it affected people. The knowledge I gained over this month is impressive and there is know way to know what it is like until you actually come to microcampus.
I am so glad I was able to spend one month in this amazing village and I hope to come back soon.