It’s hard to believe that three weeks have already passed since we first stepped foot onto the Chewonki campus and began to settle in. Throughout these past few weeks, among all the wonderful things we’ve done in this place, I’ve found that one of the most important times spent here is time in our cabins.
From the moment I first walked through the door of South Hall, I remember immediately lighting up at the sight of my new home for the next four months. It was so cozy and open, and nothing like I had ever seen before.
In the first week at Chewonki, each cabin met with their cabin parents to discuss rules and guidelines for living with eight girls, which can usually be difficult. Everyone in my cabin agreed on a set of ten rules, and they have yet to be broken. For me, someone who has never been to boarding school or summer camp before in my life, it was hard to imagine what it would be like living with seven other girls in a small space like this. But everyone seems to understand each other, and I have never met a more open and caring group of people than the one here at Chewonki. Each cabin is a little family, and everyone has so much spirit and pride regarding where they live, whether it’s Orchard, Binnacle, Ranch, Gillies, Gordy, or South Hall.
Within the first few days, I found myself becoming incredibly close with all seven girls in my cabin. We immediately bonded and began to spend so much of our time together, despite hardly having free time to spend in the cabin. I quickly realized one of my favorite times on campus was the hour or two we spent between check-in at 10:00pm to whenever we decided to go to sleep. We arranged time in the cabin for “cabin bonding” nearly every night where we formed a big circle on the floor or gathered onto one person’s bed to share how our days went and tell each other stories about things back home. The eight of us, and even our three cabin parents Sue, Eric, and Kristy, started to become a family and our cabin became a home.
Although we love the time spent with the eight of us, having visitors in our cabin is another one of the joys of living here. Visiting hours are between lunch and dinner every day, and despite our cabin usually being a huge mess, I always feel proud to show our friends outside of Soho where we live and what we do. We’re all very proud of our “nom box”, our gigantic, overflowing tub of junk food we purchased at Shaw’s together.
The days here at Chewonki Semester School are very long, and by the end of the day everyone is exhausted and wants nothing more but to go back to their cabins, to catch up with their cabin mates and go to sleep. After doing homework for two hours, I regain a little bit of my energy and enthusiasm each night at 10pm when I arrive at home.
-Ally Reed, Moses Brown School, RI