Why I'm Here

I'm here, at the microcampus, to learn. Not to sit in a classroom all day. Not to cram in subject material so I can pass a test. To genuinely learn, not just about my host country, but also about myself, and the world, in a way that no textbook could ever teach me. I'm here to explore, I'm here to challenge myself. I'm here to get out of the Shanghai bubble and be spontaneous. I'm here to explore what I want to explore. I'm here to learn how to motivate myself. I'm here to learn skills that will last me for the rest of my life. I'm here not to simulate experiences, but to live them. Come on. Who reading this aside from the microcampus kids have ever stuck their feet in an aqueduct? Who has ever spent their birthday camping on a tea plantation? Though these experiences may seem completely uneducational, we've learned that there's more to our education than information, standards and benchmarks. I've learned so much about myself on this trip. I've learned how I study, how I operate. I've learned how I can manage myself out in the real world without a teacher or parent over my shoulder the whole time. That's why I'm here. 

Comments

Thank You

Madeleine,  Thank you for taking the risk of joining the microcampus experience.  It is clear from this post that you have made the most of it.  Congratulations!  Mr. Latzke

Massive Thanks!

Hey V,

Big-time thanks for all the spirit and energy throughout. You made a huge, positive impact on everyone who was fortuntate enough to spend time in Xizhou with you, and I appreciate the chance to have been a part of the process.

Do keep writing--and sharing--and continuing to be a part of this program in the years ahead. As Mr. Rosen mentioned when he was out for his visit, you and the rest of the first group will be talked about for many years to come, and I'm glad to have had such a positve presence throughout.

-T

Thats so cool

I love your idea about Bai Minority clothing, but how did you think of the idea? What kind of project is it that your doing? What are you doing in your project? And where do you go during your trip? What do you live in?

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!