medill cherubs week two: visiting chicago, sickness, people watching and floor fun.

Wow. It’s hard to believe that I’m already coming to the end of my second week at cherubs. In case you missed my first week, you can find it all here. This week was definitely draining, but it’s safe to say that my time here gets better and better by the day.

I’ll start with the bad news: I definitely got sick this week, no one was kidding when they said colds spread like wildfire at college. I ordered 60 packets of emergen-c, tons of vitamins, and am blowing through the tea packets I brought like crazy.

On the bright side, it’s been a great week. I’ve been writing types of articles that I’ve never tried my hand at so far, so that’s been an interesting experience. I can’t say it’s been my best work, but I’m getting better at it, that’s for sure.

Earlier this week, we had to do a descriptive writing piece where we basically went “people watching” and wrote about our experience. My piece was pretty underwhelming and I was surprised how long it took me to find someone in Evanston that stayed in the same relative spot so that I could watch them. It was actually a nice break from interviewing strangers all week long.

I’ve learned how to write fast. It’s not always necessary, but let me tell you, it definitely is helping me balance my work at cherubs and at home. I think I’m prioritizing my work here, but sometimes when I get away from home, I forget just how much I do there. I’ve been getting texts from VHP people, NHS people, and those I work with at Love For The Elderly all week long. I tend to forget just how much happens during the school year, and now that it’s coming up fast, I’m not quite sure how ready I am yet. 18 days until senior year starts. Wow.

The cherubs are keeping me busy. We love having floor parties, watch parties, and just about anything else. It’s a rare occasion for the floor to be quiet and for people to not be around. As I’m writing this, it’s strangely quiet on the floor and I’m not exactly sure what to think.

Besides our adventures inside the dorm, I’ve actually had quite a few outside as well (although I’m still waiting to go to the beach, I haven’t been able to tag along since I don’t feel well). This week, I was invited to watch a child’s music lesson as part of a story I was writing, which made me feel like I was back at school in choir. It was kinda nice to get to sit back and listen to piano music, and let me tell you, this kid was a musical genius.

To round out the week, we visited Chicago, went on a boat ride, and visited Medill’s graduate building. The city is beautiful– think of a cleaner, smaller, and kinder version of New York; they weren’t lying when they said that midwestern people are some of the nicest you’ll meet. I’m already excited to return back to Chicago next week, as we take a new field trip every week here.

Overall, Northwestern has totally stolen my heart and I never want to leave. Life is good here at Cherubs, and I’m looking forward to all the weeks ahead of me.

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