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. 

Comments

You've always been....

an astute observer of social dynamics. I think you always do a good job of reaching out to others even though sometimes it can feel uncomfortable...it is a super important skill to have in life.

Madeline, you really have

Madeline, you really have learned so much already from your experience.  There are so many adults who never learn this lesson and here you are learning it at age 14.  The choices you make do affect others weather you realize it or not.  This new awareness of how your actions affect others will help you make a positive impact wherever you may travel.  You are a very reflective person, Madeline.

Hello, I'm Madeleine. I was in the pilot Microcampus program in 2012. In Xizhou, I researched Bai Minority Clothing because of my interest in the patterns and embroidery on Bai clothing. Though a seemingly lackluster topic, I found that my project became less and less about clothing, and more about the preservation of traditions in a village that is becoming more and more exposed to the world outside of the valley. I welcome you to take a look at my project, and see how my ideas and thoughts had developed over the course of a month!