Medill Cherubs Week One: Junior Junior Olympics, Spiderman, 14 articles, and the Fourth of July.

A little bit of a story for you: When I left home, I considered writing these blog posts for a while. I knew I would be exhausted at the end of each week, but then I remembered how invested I was in trying to find cherub blogs the year that I applied. I was always searching for a way to get some more personal insight on cherubs, so today, I’m hoping that someone reading these is a future cherub or wants to be. If you are, please DM me on Twitter and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions.


Cherubs has been a whirlwind of an adventure and it’s only week one. For those who I haven’t annoyed with details yet, Cherubs is five weeks long and ends only a few short days before my senior year starts (talk about a crazy turn around). The program is officially called the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute and this year, it brought together 83 high school seniors from around the globe to learn all-things journalism.

Gotta love our color teams.

Let me just say, before coming here, I thought I knew my “craft” pretty well. I was entirely wrong. In one short week, I’ve had many lectures that have challenged everything I’ve learned. I’m a little different here in that I haven’t been formally taught journalism in a classroom, but that’s why I’m crazy excited to be here. I’m finally getting formal training and really getting to improve my work– I’ll definitely be bringing home some of these tips to my VHP kids.

This week had so many celebrations, events, and last-minute hangouts. For the Fourth of July, we all marched into Evanston to find stories (actually, ran. You’re going to be traveling over 10 miles pretty easily). I ended up meeting the Hartrey Porch Band, a neighborhood band that gathers once a year to play patriotic songs before the parade. Side note– the Evanston parade is HUGE. I would definitely love to come back and watch it again sometime.

Saturday afternoon, after meetings with our instructors and grabbing lunch, about 20 of us trekked down to the movie theater to see Spiderman: Far From Home. For some of us, it was because of our dedication to the Marvel series, but for others, it was definitely our love for Tom Holland that made us go. One of the greatest things about the Northwestern campus is that everything is so accessible. It’s really easy to make your way around.

Adam, Martha and I. From Free Spirits to Cherubs!

Saturday night, we went over to the Lakefill to play in the Junior Junior Olympics, a crazy field-day type event that ended with Ben having to try on a frozen t-shirt.

We also braved the all-day story, where we wrote 11 articles in a few hours. That definitely exhausted me, but you’ll soon learn that you reap the benefits of learning how to write fast. Trust me, that skill will serve you well later on.

Cherubs just love socializing. We’ve hosted floor parties, game nights, Black Mirror binge nights, and so much more. It’s something special when 83 people can all come together and find so many things in common. If you’re looking for a good way to bond with Cherubs, just grab some food and head downstairs. You’ll find everything you’re looking for.

My gal Lily

Among the best Cherubs finds are definitely Target, Andy’s Frozen Custard, and Insomnia Cookies. Food will definitely suck you in here in Evanston.

For Cherubs that are wondering, our days don’t start too early. If I’m being honest, I’m getting more sleep than I do during the school year. Unless you get spit-listed (you’ll find out what that is), you can pretty much get up every morning at 8 a.m. and sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays (which is exactly what I did today). Class is long, and you definitely will be exhausted, and climbing the stairs at the end of the day isn’t the greatest. But I promise you, it’ll all be worth it.

Cam, literally the biggest Spiderman fan ever.

You’ll also love games like the AP Style Quiz, rotating rewrites (this one is SO hard but it does so much good for you in the long-run), and all sorts of lede writing exercises. Life is busy here, but every minute is good.

This next week, we’ll be splitting up into groups for electives, media tours, campus tours, and more games with our color teams. I’m already excited for a jam-packed week two. As for right now, it’s time to jog over to Hinman for lunch, turn in an assignment at Fisk, and then get ready for Broadcast Club. Life is good at Cherubs. Until next time.

One thought on “Medill Cherubs Week One: Junior Junior Olympics, Spiderman, 14 articles, and the Fourth of July.

  1. Thank you for sharing your first week with us… it sounds like you are really learning a lot and having a great time meeting new people who love what you do!!
    We love you !!
    Nana and Popcorn

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