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Sleep(less)overs begin

April 12, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

Rhiannon Myhre '25

Growing up, sleepovers were always an essential part of my childhood. I remember having my first sleepover at six years old, and even though I was just across the street, I felt I was the most independent kid in the world. That moment of saying, "Bye, Mom and Dad!" and running off with my best friend will always be one of my most cherished memories. Now, I often find myself describing going to boarding school as one big sleepover. I mean, I literally live with one of my closest friends who I am lucky to call my roommate. I'm not far off when I say this experience is just one big sleepover. However, at the end of the day, it's only a sleepover with one person.

As I currently live in a predominantly underclass dorm, I really began to miss my friends and value the time I used to have in tenth grade when I could run upstairs and hang out with some of my best friends after studying. It doesn't sound like much, I am well aware. However, when I found out that there would be a new sleepover policy implemented, I was ecstatic. The sleepover policy means that I get to go and relive my childhood memories of sleeping in a new and unfamiliar place, e.g., a different dorm. I get to be surrounded by the people I see all the time walking around campus, except this time in a dorm setting.

The sleepover policy as a whole allows for individuals to take advantage of all the different environments Mercersburg has to offer. When I found out that a student could host only three sleepovers a term, I was a little aggravated. However, after stepping back and examining, I realized that three sleepovers in my dorm and three sleepovers in another person's dorm aren't actually as few as I thought. We all want to be around our friends, but let's be honest, if you're anything like me, you also value your time to yourself. Therefore, I think the limits on how many sleepovers one can have are fair, surprisingly. 

I do have one bone to pick with this new policy. I find it absolutely absurd that you can't host more than one person per sleepover. While I understand that the rooms may seem like they are not big enough to hold two cots, I still think it should be all up to the roommate and the person currently living in the dorm to decide whether or not they feel comfortable having two guests. At the end of the day, that is only a minor factor in the sleepover policy and one that surely can change over time. 

Overall, I am so excited to bond with my friends and see and explore the many environments of Mercersburg!

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