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max01px2020's picture

While reflecting on the 27 days of my Microcampus journey, I ask myself again - why did I come to Microcampus? When I answered this question on the online Microcampus application in November, I remember writing that I wanted experience rural and traditional China. I mentioned that I had only experienced city life while living in Shanghai and been surrounded in the economic boom that has defined China in recent years.

justin01px2020's picture

Today was the last full day of the 28 day duration of Microcampus, and I had never became so anxious before about going home. The paragraphs, the photos, the daily journals I did during Microcampus is finally going to become a strong memory for me.

justin01px2020's picture

Why did I bother to abandon school to go on a 4 week trip to Xizhou? Well, here is the answer. For quite some time, my mother has been bringing up the subject of microcampus over and over again to me since the last two years. It is certainly accurate to say that I got a bit frustrated after all her effort that I had actually took notice on Microcampus. When I took notice during sometime near the start of 8th grade, I asked myself: "Is this place worth going?" Right now, I would had said maybe. But before I came, my answer was a yes.

max01px2020's picture

Day 27 was a day of mixed emotions such as relief as well as sadness. We spent our time taking care of final work responsibilities such as polishing up our assignments and journals on the Microcampus website. We also took care of cleaning up and organizing our rooms, packing luggage, and tidying up the rooms we used during our stay at the Linden Centre. After I had completed all these 'chores', I couldn't help but take a sigh of relief. I was so glad and proud of myself that I had wrapped up all of my work and that it was all taken care of.

orion01px2020's picture

I came to Microcampus to learn about the China and the parts of China that I haven't seen. I am really interested in seeing places and moving, as I am a kid that moves often. I really like to see new places and people and new environments. When I heard about the program and what the Microcampus kids do, I was really drawn by the way Microcampus works. This program was something that I thought I could need and that not only it would be a great experience, but also a great learning journey. I have grown as a person and I am really glad that I made the choice to go on this amazing trip.

john01px2020's picture

Microcampus, was a trip that I wanted to be a part of since 7th grade. I was interested because the whole concept of going out of Shanghai for 28 days was very unique. I could not sign up for the spring trip this time because my parents disagreed. However I somehow was able to convince them for the fall trip. In this trip I was looking forward for numerous take always and personal growth. I think I did make this trip useful and meaningful in life. 

angelesia01px2020's picture

After being immersed in a small village called Xizhou for 28 days, it is time to ask myself this question again-Why did I come to Microcampus? For me, it is a bit more complicated then just escaping the streets compacted with cars honking at each other. When I was sitting in a classroom applying for this program, I wanted to experience a life out of Shanghai, out of all the pollution and cars, and even the people I love dearly, I just wanted to get out and experience something out of the unexpected. That was all I wanted.

alba01px2020's picture

27 days of the Microcampus trip have past, and now the question is, 'Why did I come to Microcampus?' There is no simple answer to this question. At first, my parents wanted me to go on Microcampus as they were saying it would be a great experience for me. In the beginning I did not really want to, but later I started having my own reasons for wanting to go on this trip. I wanted to grow as an individual, make connections with locals, and get out of my comfort zone. However throughout the trip, more reasons came to mind of why I wanted to go on Microcampus.

john01px2020's picture

Today we all had a very chill day and just worked on wrapping up and looking back at what we did. We wrote our reflections in the morning, and wrapping up in the afternoon. I really enjoyed this trip and we finished all our work. Yesterday we had our sharing with the locals and it was very fun. Today we are going to have the jammies which is very like the grammys. Other than this we just have to pack up and leave this place.

seyoung01px2020's picture

I still remember November, when the first trip of the year came back. I was uninterested in everything that was happening this year, as I was trying to get my things together. However, it was a normal November day until we had a presentation during advisory. It was great to see everyone back, but I was still unsure of what the trip of Microcampus was meant to be. Sitting next to my friends, I was listening to the presentation, until I heard Mr. Tafel speak Chinese. It was a shock, as I did not expect that all.

angelesia01px2020's picture

"Time passes by so quickly. Change happens all around us everyday whether we like it or not. Enjoy the moment while you can, one day it will just be another memory". Even though today marks the last chapter of our day in Microcampus, I believe that this is not the end for the O.R.E.O. group. During my time spent here in Xizhou, I have created such an indestructible bond with the students in this group that when we arrive back in Shanghai, I am positive that this relationship will continue to grow.

orion01px2020's picture

So last night we went to go see Dali Old Town. This is a modernized and globalized area of town. There are plenty of rester aunts that are targeted towards tourists. Our group went to go eat at a cafe, where they served hamburgers. grilled cheese, and some pasta. We had about 4 hours to look around Dali Old Town and see the city and to eat food. This trip is a trip to award the effort put into our Inquiry Project, and our behaviors and the good work we have done.

nicole01px2020's picture

The biggest question for Microcampus students: Why did I come here? Why did I head out into a random village for a whole month with no one I know? Why? For me, that's a little complicated. I didn't have a huge "life-changing" reason for doing this. In fact, honestly, part of the reason I wanted to come was to escape school for a month, since being new at any school isn't a pleasant experience, even though that was one of the reasons Mr. T said not to come. But the bigger part of the reason I came was just because it sounded cool. I knew it wasn't a vacation, but I still wanted to go.

maya01px2020's picture

Well, why did I come to Microcampus? The reason I signed up for this trip is because I wanted to be able to step outside of my comfort zone. I had heard so much about this trip from the previous M Group, and my sister had previously gone on Microcampus as well. They all told me they learned so much about themselves, and it was truly the journey of a lifetime. I wanted to experience this, and I wanted to be able to step outside of my comfort zone.

alba01px2020's picture

Today was the last full day of our Microcampus journey. In this post I will not be talking about my day, but I will be giving thanks to the people around me. First of all, I would like to thank the Linden's and their staff. They have provided us with an amazing stay for our one month experience out of our comfort zone. They made me feel as if XiZhou was my home, for that I am very thankful. Next I would like to thank the locals in the village. They all always had a positive attitude and made me smile just by having short conversations with them.

chantal01px2020's picture

Why I came to Microcampus. That is a question I never really had the answer to, because my answer was always changing. At first, the reason as to why I wanted to come to Microcampus was because I wanted to see China without all of the cars, technology, and the noise. But after 27 days in the village, my answer is still uncertain, because there are so many reasons as to why I came to Microcampus. Now as my time is now up in the village, I know that Microcampus is worth coming to and being a part of since I have learnt so much about myself and the people around me.

seyoung01px2020's picture

Many feelings went in my mind as today is the last full day in the village of Xizhou. From all the local connections and the people in the Linden Centre, it was time to leave that all behind. Although it was sad, the process of moving on had to start. I would like to thank everyone in the Linden Centre, Mr. Linden, Mrs. Linden, and the people from our village for being so understanding of 12 eighth graders roaming the village. Also, I would like to thank Ms. Mai and Mr. T for accepting us into the village and allowing 12 students in.

ani01px2020's picture

While applying for Microcampus, one of the questions was 'Why I Want to go on Microcampus." At first, there was one major reason. This reason was so that I could not only see real China, but experience and emerse myslef into it as well. Being a rural village for a month is one of the best ways to learn about the China that is outside of our urban 'bubble' of Shanghai. I was very excited and open to learning about here China, due to the fact that I have only seen urban China for a year. Before the results of the trip came out, Mr.

nicole01px2020's picture

March 31, 2016. Day 27. Last full day of Microcampus. I cannot. Believe. We'll. Be. Alumni. In. 2. Days. I remember the trip to the airport and packing as vividly as if it were yesterday. I remember being so excited and now it's all going to be over, and I'm returning to my daily overpacked, busy, dull, normal, life. I've got so many new memories on this trip that I'll remember for the rest of my life. Today has been our last everythings, and everyone is so sad.

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