Voyagers Puxi March 2018 - Student Journals

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sarah01px2022's picture

Goodbye. I will miss you Xizhou. I will miss every aspect of this Microcampus journey. 

Today I had to say goodbye to some of my favorite people. I had to say goodbye to Mr. Wang and his daughter who taught me to basket weave. I had to say goodbye to Nai Nai and Jie Jie who taught me to make tie-dye, and I had to say goodbye to Nai Nai, Ye Ye, and Ayi who taught me to make Baba. 

shirley01px2022's picture

Microcampus has taught me so many valuable lessons and I feel as though it has shaped me into a better person as well.

Everyone on the trip has contributed some part into the end result of these 28 days and I absolutely cannot believe how fast everything has gone by. It feels as though it was just yesterday when we were given a tour of the Xizhou village and were only just introduced to each other at the Hongqiao Airport.  

shirley01px2022's picture

Why I came to Microcampus.

Why did I come to Microcampus? 

I had no specific reason for coming other than that I enjoy new opportunities and chances. I remember seeing a few eighth graders in my class disappear for a while and come back presenting these monotonous slideshows. Listening to presentations from 8th graders about this experience, Microcampus, had never actually interested me. Only once reaching grade 8 and listening to Mr. Tafel present about the month long learning program in front of the entire grade that then, I was interested. 

shiny02px2022's picture

As I stepped off the school bus on a typical afternoon, the city of Shanghai towered upon me. There were the tall metropolitan buildings, the booming noises of the cars, the suffocating traffic, the people with their earbuds on, going on their own roads and softly singing along to their tunes…and then there was me, my feet coming to an abrupt stop and gazing at the pinkish, orange sky of the evening. The clouds were low as the ground, clinging to the buildings while the sun was sliced in half and gleaming with a lighter shade of yellow.

shiny02px2022's picture

Today, I devoted most of my time to packing my bag, cleaning my room, and reviewing previous work. As I packed each item to its original places in the suitcase, I reflected back on the memories of the past 27 days at Microcampus. The daily routines will be replaced by the busy life back in Shanghai. There will be no more room for Still Time or walking around the village and observing the beauty of Xizhou. There will be no more common blue tie-dye skies or people who would reply my greeting with a warm smile so easily. I have learned to cherish moments, the people, and the environment. 

sam01px2022's picture

The question that all Microcampus students eventually ask themselves and have asked themselves several times throughout their trip, both on the ups and on the downs, is why did I come to Microcampus? Why did I decide that I want to be a member of this month-long journey? Why decide that I wanted to miss out on Shanghai for a month, only to find a new home in Xizhou, and then have to leave it within days of realizing I love it? Well, here are my reasons for it.

sonia01px2022's picture

It is time for me to reflect and reminisce back to the reasons why I wanted to embark on this journey.

I have lived China for ten years of my life and my exposure to “Chinese history” has been generally limited to large suburban areas, with travel experiences usually restricted to short-term revelations of my host country.

jiyong01px2022's picture
I lived in China all my life. From ever since I could trace back my memory, I was in Shanghai. Except for the hazy four years that I spent in Korea during the first few years of elementary school, China was my home. Home I did not comprehend. Ignorance ruled my mind, full of assumption about a nation I have only seen a part in. I first heard about Microcampus towards the end of 7th grade when a couple of 8th graders were talking about it in exploratory. Even then I had no clue what exactly Microcampus was.
brandt01px2022's picture

I feel like just seven days ago we were introduced to the 15 other students we were living with for a month. I fell like just seven days ago, our roommates were picked and we were stuck for a month, not knowing that we will get the dirtiest sock Jammie Award. I fell like just seven day ago, I did not know that I would learn so much about my self and that this experience would shape me into a brand new person. I fell like just seven days ago this village named "Xizhou" was alien to me.

sarah01px2022's picture

Why did I come to Microcampus? I signed up for this 28 day trip to Xizhou for many reasons. I applied for Microcampus because I wanted a challenge and I wanted to experience something more than just sitting in a class and listening to a teacher talk about different things. I wanted to learn outside the “bubble” of Shanghai and to experience and learn new things that I could not learn back home. I wanted to get to experience a new lifestyle other than the wake-up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, eat dinner, do homework, and go to sleep.

anders01px2022's picture
Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?
 
anders01px2022's picture

Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?

anders01px2022's picture

Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?

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