Day 18: Completion of Phase 3

Throughout the past two-and-a-half weeks, I have been working on my Inquiry Project work for Phase 3. Specifically speaking, I was studying the topic of Body Language, and how it plays into the differences between locals and tourists. I met some incredible people throughout this journey, as well as some that were not as welcoming. However, the good side of my research definetely outweighs the bad. I talked to both tourists and locals, which pushed me far outside of my comfort zone, as I was interacting with strangers and building connections on a day-to-day basis. In the duration of each conversation, I would also take along my camera for photos that will be a part of my final product. Although I have been looking into only one topic for my entire Microcampus journey, I learn something new every single day. An important thing to remember is that these connections, with both locals and tourists, were not built solely for the purpose of my project. Instead, they are built so that if I happen to pass a familiar face outside Yangzhuoran, I can stop, wave, and make conversation.

My name is Mia C., and I am Taiwanese. Although born in Taiwan, I am also American and Canadian. This year marks my 11th year of living in Shanghai, and my 6th year attending SAS. I enjoy trying new things and understanding the world around me, so Microcampus seemed like the perfect opportunity. The experience was more than I could have ever imagined and I hope to return to Xizhou soon.