Many cherubs entered the program unsure of whether their schedules would allow them to exercise, but they found resources to maintain their fitness in various locations on campus despite having a full workload.
“I thought we were going to be trapped in class all day,” Jane Williams said. “But it was nice to see that there are nice areas for us to run, and I do have time to do that.”
Williams and Samantha Meade are cross country runners who needed to stay in shape for the season while their teammates were training back home. They were able to continue running throughout the program, especially at night when classes were over.
“I wanted to have a place to work out, lift weights and stay in shape,” Matt Tomaselli said. “With all the work we do, it’s a nice way to keep my mind clear.”
The bike path through Centennial Park alongside Lake Michigan and the Lakefill on Northwestern’s campus were two of the more popular running routes for cherubs.
Balancing a busy schedule with training for high school sports back home was no easy task, but cherubs were up for the challenge and were surprised that their options for working out weren’t limited to running outside.
Even inside the dorm, cherubs found ways to stay fit. During the second week of the program, a group of cherubs discovered that East Fairchild did, in fact, have its own fitness room. Once they did, they made quick use of it. Meade and Williams both ran on the treadmill when they weren’t able to run outside. Lorraine Jiang and Isabel Ting followed YouTube workout videos and did ab exercises in their floor’s common room.
As a swimmer and water polo player, Alicia Vargelis said she came into the program nervous that she wouldn’t be able to exercise. On Fun Night at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC), Vargelis had access to a pool and was able to swim laps.
Matt Tomaselli was the only cherub to purchase a summer membership at SPAC. He said he does not regret his decision. About twice a week, he would run the 0.9 miles from the dorm to the gym before lifting weights.
“I wanted to have a place to work out, lift weights and stay in shape,” Tomaselli said. “With all the work we do, it’s a nice way to keep my mind clear.”
While it is sometimes tough for cherubs to balance their workouts with their workload, many cherubs did find success in enjoying both aspects of cherub life.
“It was really a great bonding experience just to have the time to play with all of us,” Ellie Lieberman said.
Bobby Kirschenbaum played in pick-up basketball games with other cherubs and once against a group of Northwestern football players at the Foster-Walker Complex courts.
“I planned on playing basketball because it’s important not to consume yourself in work all day,” Kirschenbaum said. “It’s nice to have a balance. I try to mix it up, sometimes I run.”
Ellie Lieberman found a group of cherubs who play tennis to play games with once a week at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
“It was really a great bonding experience just to have the time to play with all of us,” Lieberman said. “We had some really great conversations going to and from the courts.”