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.