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Waking up at 6:00 to leave home at 7:00 is just like a normal morning. But where I was heading was going to be an amazing experience. November 18th, 2017, was the official first day of the "Ultimate" groups Microcampus experience. I remember arriving to the airport at 8:00; which was one hour earlier than the actual meeting time, but it was favorable as I got to enjoy some more time with my family. Once everybody was there, we started handing out baggage tags, putting our suitcases on trolleys, and making sure that everyone was there.

nina01pd2022's picture

Today was the first day of Microcampus, our travel day. I was sad but excited at the same time to leave my family for one month. We traveled from Shanghai to Xizhou by plane, then took a 1-hour bus ride from the Dali airport to the Linden Center. At the Shanghai airport, Mr. Tafel left the people that finished their inquiry project work go eat at the airport as a group. Everyone that did not do their work on time they had to stay and finish their work. We got 100 kuai to buy breakfast and lunch.

henin01pd2022's picture

Flying over the ErHai Lake was not what I expected. ErHai Lake was reflecting the dazzling sunlight, and the mountains were flourished with trees. Hours earlier, we were gathered in the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, not knowing what to expect, and what sceneries we would be seeing. However, now that I have arrived in Yunnan, I can see why Mr Tafel and Ms Mai admire and love Yunnan so much. Even though I could not tell what was hidden under the clear blue water, I could still imagine the fishes that swim in the lake. The lush river banks were bursting with different types of plants.

hey01pd2022's picture

As me and my family wave goodbye at the Airport, I was nervous and excited at the same time. Microcampus, a 28-day journey has begun. After spending half of the day at the airport, stumbling through numerous gates, we finally arrived at Dali. Mr. Tafel gave us a rolling classroom on the car ride from the airport to the Yang Zhou Rang resident where we will be living. Carrying heavy suitcases and bags made all of us exhausted and were relieved when we arrived at our new home for the next month.

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michael02pd2022's picture

Over the past few weeks, I have spent time researching and narrowing down my topic of study at Microcampus. I have now started Phase 1 and will continue with my selected topic of local food and cuisine. In Phase 0 I did preparation for picking my topic along with research on Xizhou itself. I will now be covering some background knowledge as well and learning on what my topic is all about. 

What I already know about my topic:

chris01pd2022's picture

Before the 28-day Microcampus trip, I took part in a pre-trip overnighter at the school to get a sense of what life at XiZhou would be like. I made a video about the overnighter, click here to access.

Updated 3 weeks 6 days ago
henin01pd2022's picture

During my 28 days in Microcampus, I have decided to investigate on embroidery. I know that embroidery is an old Chinese form of stitching, but I really do not understand much of it. I also know that embroidery is an old-fashioned way of cross-stitching and I do have a generous amount of interest in it. When deciding on what we were doing in Microcampus, we had plenty different choices.

lily02px2022's picture

Ever since my brother left for microcampus, I've thought about the day that I'd leave home to go be on my own, either for microcampus or college, more deeply than I ever had before. You could categorize the thoughts I had into two parts, the worries and the dreams. In the worries, there would be the thoughts that I wouldn't be smart enough, strong enough, or responsible enough to live on my own. These fears were centered around the fact that I was a little kid dreaming of a teen or an adult's life.

ethan01px2022's picture

The Logistics of Microcampus

Blog Post IV

I'm going to be completely honest with you. I am actually very wary of everything that might go wrong in Microcampus. I honestly think that maybe these students are not really prepared to go alone to Yunnan.

shiny02px2022's picture

I am curious about the things that would happen when tomorrow comes. What decisions, what paths, and what opportunities will I face when I am struggling to steer my life in the "correct" direction? 
How much will I learn and how different will I become? Each day is a tedious repetition, but I seek to find something unique and unprecedented within the ordinary. I have come to a conclusion that the only way I can find meaning in life is to enter the great and mighty world that is a little too overwhelming but still worth experiencing. 

sonia01px2022's picture

Microcampus is a journey I've been looking forward to since sixth grade. Previous eighth graders have told me how Microcampus altered their perspectives and modified themselves as active members of the future generation. I looked up to them with admiration -- desperately hoping that when I transition to an eighth grader, I'll be able to undergo the Mircrocampus experience. Now here I am, an SAS Puxi representative of the 2017 Microcampus trip! 

taylor01px2022's picture

In the beginning, I was so nervous about not getting into Microcampus. When, I heard there were close to 40 people applying for the trip, I said to myself "I am definitely not making it in." I had a rough start of the year. I was surprised that there was a big difference between the difficulty of 7th and 8th grade and I think I needed some time to adjust to that. Having the Microcampus application process during that time just stressed me out and I just thought I knew that I wasn't getting in.