Students from China, Qatar, Vietnam and South Korea brought new perspectives and languages to cherubs. Read their comments in English while listening to them in their first languages.
Turning street interviews with strangers into in-depth conversations, I learned more about myself and the world.
How quick deadlines helped me take baby steps to stop obsessing over every last hyphen.
Going into cherubs, I had never been in front of a camera. Now, after broadcast labs and clubs, I’m more than confident enough to be on screen.
Initially apprehensive to tackle difficult interviews, I felt my questions burdened sources. The Medill cherub program taught me that interviewing strangers isn’t a waste of their time.
My first summer program turns out to be an experience of a lifetime.
How my overcrowded high school made me into a reporter during an era when classmates believe people who assail journalists as enemies of the people.
Coming to terms with who you are doesn’t mean you need to know everything, and that’s OK.
A small-town resident still finds a sense of community in Evanston.
How being in a single room became a blessing in disguise and led to a wider circle of friends.
How I gained my final ‘Wizard of Oz’ virtue as a cherub
I was afraid that I wouldn’t meet anyone who shared my interests. By staying up late into the night, I met the best friends I could’ve asked for.
After the 20th game of Never-Have-I-Ever, we were ready for more something new, so we headed to the beach for a change of scenery and found our beloved lifeguard chair.
Being one of the few international students, my time in Evanston was one of a kind. Being exposed to an entirely new country, with new people was one of the best experiences of my life.
Journalism is all about seeing different sides and portraying them accurately. This is how the Medill cherub program has made that ideal a reality for me.
How a bug bite lead to friendships.
“I worried about my first birthday away from home,” Sameer Shaikh says. He proceeds to explain how his birthday experience at cherubs turned out to be the most memorable of them all.
In an impromptu Disney singalong, I found “my people.”
How my time in the Big Apple has impacted my view of the Windy City.
I spent 13 years going to school with the same 200 kids from kindergarten to senior year, but finding new, similar people at the Medill cherubs program transformed my summer.
How I changed my perspective on the instructors’ saying, “welcome to the best summer of your life.”
I was finally able to see people for who they were outside of my Asian-American bubble and made the best of friends because of it.
Meeting a girl from across the country at the Medill cherub program who would become a best friend for life.
My roommate was unexpected, but I can’t envision the Institute without Kirsten, the girl from the other side of the world.
March of my junior year did not go how I imagined. My high school journalism teacher named my good friend editor-in-chief of our small high school newsmagazine. I would remain web editor.