Socializing impedes number of cherub sleep hours
With days filled with lectures on how to write effective leads and formulate proper story structure, cherubs like to rave at night.
“After floor hours we all just hang out and talk or have a dance party or watch a movie,” Erica Hendry, of California, said.
Check-in is at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. This is the time when cherubs must be in the dorms, but are permitted to go anywhere in East Fairchild. Then one hour after check-in, floor hours begin. Cherubs are restricted to their floor, but are free to stay up as long as they want, so long as they observe quiet hours.
They find ways to relax and bond with one another rather than heading off to bed. “We recap the entire day and find out what's the latest gossip,” Danny Kerth, of Missouri, said. “More than anything, we just chill and have a good time.”
Kerth said he typically goes to bed around 2 a.m. During the first few weeks at the journalism program at the National High School Institute, Kerth would go to bed early – around 1 a.m. – because he valued his sleep. Now, Kerth said he feels “bro nights come before anything.”
Like “bro nights,” Lily Cohen, of New York, enjoys spending her evenings chatting with friends such as Sam Guff, of New York, Paulina Firozi, of California and Meryl Hayes, of Massachusetts. Although Cohen frequently stays up late, Cohen said she is also known for being one of the first ones to go to sleep.
“After floor hours most of my friends on my floor hang out in one of our common rooms,” Cohen said. “Sometimes, I have to sacrifice quality time with my friends to get to sleep at a sane hour. Cherubs shouldn't be embarrassed to duck out early and get some rest.”
Bobby Baseman, of California, also values his sleep at cherubs and strives to go to bed around 1 a.m. Baseman needs a minimum of six hours of sleep so he can function to his fullest potential, he said.
“I don't think I have had to sacrifice sleep for socialization,” Baseman said. “I have made many great friends at cherubs that I hope to keep in contact with in the future.”
Similarly, Hendry goes to bed between 12-1 a.m. on most weeknights. She likes to have plenty of energy for her early three to four mile run.“I have to wake up at 6:35 a.m. to go running so I am pretty dependent on naps throughout the day,” Hendry said.
Cohen also takes “power naps” to recover from staying up late. She even drinks tea and coffee in the morning to help her stay awake from a night of bonding with friends.
“It’s necessary to function, but the way I look at it, I can sleep at home,” Hendry said. “I'm only here for five weeks and I want to get as much out of it as possible.”