You know how in preschool, all the little kids lay down for “nap time” every afternoon? Well, Harvard students may soon be getting the preschool treatment. USA Today reports:
Often without time to walk home between classes, a centralized nap room location — or nap pods in various campus areas — would create convenient space for this sleep-deprived demographic to catch up on their zzz’s, said Harvard sophomore Sietse Goffard, Undergraduate Council Student Life Committee member.“Knowing how busy and overwhelmed a lot of Harvard students are, a nap space is really helpful,” Goffard said. “I know more sleeping would greatly enhance my learning experience.”
Accessible with a Harvard ID, students will be able to pick up a blanket and pillow upon signing in with the room moderator. There they’ll write their nap duration and leave belongings in a locker, according to the nap-space proposal Hou created with Harvard’s Happiness Project.
I’m totally supportive if someone wants to take a short siesta back in one’s dorm room. But the idea of “overwhelmed” Harvard students laying down in little curtained cubbyholes with pillows and blankies under supervision from a “room monitor” feels a little too infantile to me.
Maybe they should go all the way and issue each student a teddy bear when they sign in!
Am I the only person who’s turned off by the idea of full-grown adults taking naps in public areas?
And aren’t we pampering college students just a little too much here?
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