Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection

Updated 2 years 1 month ago

9 students including myself will be leaving on November 18th to go on a 28 days Microcampus journey. We were given a list of inquiry projects to chose from, but to choose one topic to investigate in Xizhou, Yunnan. After reading the long list of fascinating projects, I narrowed my decisions down to my favorites. When I chose what I might be interested in, my first step was to highlight all the topics. Then, I put all my highlighted topics with the descriptions into a page to choose from.  While doing this, I was excited and wanted to do every project there is. At last, I managed to eliminate some topics that appeared less appealing to me and ranked my top threes. All my options below are the ones I really would want to learn more about.

My favorite options from most interesting to least interesting-

1) Photography

2)Textile Production

 3)Local Recreation/Hobbies

The reason why I chose Local Recreation/Hobbies over Textile Production and Photography is that I want my topic to be something to interact with the locals. While doing Textile production, I can only engage with a certain group of people to learn from. Doing Photography would only allow me to take pictures and interact with my camera instead of the villagers. I am interested in finding out what the villagers do in their free time and their hobbies. This topic will be the most suitable one for me because whenever I go to a new place, I like to learn about the people. Going to XiZhou is an opportunity for me to learn more about China's country-livers and to get to know what they would do in their leisure time compared to us.

After a few days of decision making, I have decided to choose local recreation/hobbies with photography as my final topic.  I want my topic to be something that I can engage and interact with the locals; and then to find out how they spend their free time compared to us, city livers.  This topic is important to me because I get to experience their lifestyle and to spend my time with the kids around my age to learn about their hobbies.  I want to present my project to the rest of my classmates in Shanghai by making a video, a video to show my genuine interactions and my work with the villagers.
After reading  Grace S. (Alumni-F)Nike H. (Alumni-B)Lexi L. (Alumni-R)'s work, I got a lot of inspiration for my own topic. While reading Grace S from F group's work, she talked about the hobbies and recreation of elders. One thing I liked about hers was she focused on a specific group and focusing on what the elders do. In Nike H from B group's work, she investigated about the children of Xizhou village. Unlike Grace, Nike focused on kids instead of elders. I like that you can relate and compare the Xizhou children's life to ours. Lexi L's work really gave me inspiration to a topic I might enjoy more, photography of local recreation in Xizhou. I like that she can connect two topics together and make an inspiring video. She gave me the idea to do something similar and to present it and share it with the world. The suggestions I got were to not procrastinate, do your work on time and follow instructions.

In Phase 0, I chose my final topic after eliminating other topics that were seemed less interesting. In Phase 1, I will add more and pose questions about my topic.

Hey guys! My name is Hayley and I am now an alumni of the 21-st Ultimate Group. I enjoy playing volleyball, making Youtube Videos and cooking in my free time. My journey at Microcampus has been amazing and through the up's and down's, I learned so much about my inquiry project, the village, the citizens and most of all, myself. I will never forget my home away from home, Xizhou with its delicious food, blue skies, stars and kind locals. 喜州,我想你!