Day 8: Us and Them
Day eight at the microcampus led me to really think about a concept that’s been reoccuring for awhile in my life: Us and Them. A group of international students came to the microcampus and were loud and rowdy! They would not associate with the guests, the Lindens, or us, they simply stayed in their own bubble. They reminded me of us on China Alive. When we’re around a large group of friends, we’re very much in our comfort zone, not really considering how our choices affect others. Here, it’s more than a vacation for us Microcampus folks. We have to make choices for the better of the group, which will affect us in positive or negative ways. The international students treated their opportunity to explore Xizhou a lot like we treat China Alive. We could go outside and learn, but during China Alive, we’re more content to stay in our own groups. That’s where the “Us and Them” comes in. When we don’t associate with other people and make them feel excluded, they’re bound to have negative feelings about us. I don’t know how the international students felt about our group being there, but I know we felt like they were being too loud, too noisy, and not friendly. Next China Alive, I hope I’ll remember to be more courteous to those around me, and make positive choice to represent our school.