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I Sleep in Random Places on Campus

February 19, 2007   

Some people love chocolate, some people love drinking, some people love kittens... but my true love is napping (I mean, I also like kittens.  I'm not a horrible person).  One of my friends once commented that she gets jealous when I am about to go take a nap because I get so incredibly happy beforehand and she wishes she could understand what it's like to get THAT thrilled.  Okay, so I've always been a napper, but college really brought out my extraordinary talents within this field.  My first priority when I choose classes is obviously their content, but the next thing I consider is whether my schedule will allow me to nap in the middle of the day.  I'm kind of nocturnal, so I really depend upon napping in order to be functional, and I think the college environment does this to many people.  Before I get all nostalgic and pass out in my chair here in the science building, here are some of my fantastic/embarrassing nap-related highlights at Hamilton:

1.  Location:  Writing Center

Time:  Junior Year, Spring Semester

I was working night hours at the Writing Center, and it was one of those rare occasions when both people who had signed up for me had cancelled.  I had two hours to be productive -- a wealth of time to get things done -- so what did I do?  I thought it would be a good idea to "rest my eyes for a second" while reading, and I passed out in a chair in the middle of the room, my head straight back, my mouth embarrassingly wide open, for an hour and a half.  Please note that the Writing Center is filled with rows of computers and is usually pretty busy, so a lot of people definitely observed me in this unsavory position.  Great.  I think I was drooling, too.

2.  Location:  New York State Track Meet @ RIT (or U of R... or possibly RPI... one of those "R" schools)

Time:  Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

I get REALLY nervous at track meets, and I didn't have to run on this particular day for at least 6 hours, so my dad suggested that I just go to sleep to avoid thinking about having to race.  I found this cool room in the student activities building with a couch in it and slept for like 4 hours.  I woke up a few times and saw random people I didn't know right near me having meetings, and I just went back to sleep while being concerned that I looked like a homeless person.  It was a really good nap, though; I even had dreams.

3.  Location:  Opus 2 (Campus Cafe)

Time:  About 2 Weeks Ago

My friends Rachel and Liz and I were completely exhausted after a long day of classes and practice, so we decided to go to Opus to get some coffee and read.  I don't know if we were just tired, or if the smell of the cafe was comforting, or if the chairs were really comfortable (which they always are), but I found myself fighting to stay awake.  I'd feel my eyes closing and then shake myself up and look across the table at Liz, who seemed to be having the same problem.  I don't know when it happened, but I completely fell asleep for about an hour and a half and woke up to see Liz dead asleep across from me.  At least I had a partner in crime in this one.

4.  Location: Track Meet @ Cornell University

Time:  This Past Saturday

I went to Cornell this weekend to support my teammates, although I didn't compete because I have this really fun viral tonsillitis thing going on.  I had a few hours to sleep until the events I needed to watch went on, so I walked around trying to find a suitable napping location.  I found a room at the top of a flight of stairs that was about 95 degrees where two other kids had already fallen asleep.  I set an alarm and fell asleep for a few hours, although I kept hearing the starting gun go off and it permeated my dreams -- I had like 30, and all of them ended with a race going off or someone shooting something.  I woke up really confused because I had already dreamt the outcomes of races that hadn't occurred yet, and was disoriented and hot because the room had the climate of one built on top of a live volcano.

5:  Location:  Bristol Campus Center

Time:  About 2 Hours Ago

This one brings me back to tonight.  My friend Rachel and I got to Bristol at 7:20, put our stuff in the room next door to the one where my meeting would be, and "started reading."  I put this in quotes because my extremely feeble attempt at reading consisted of me lying on a cushion in a windowsill next to a heater, shutting these curtains around me to create a nice pod-like effect, and holding my book above me for about .043 seconds before I fell asleep.  I think Rachel's attempt was much stronger -- probably 4.6 seconds -- but she soon fell asleep in the other side of the windowsill.  My alarm was set for 7:59, and I walked into my meeting puffy-eyed and disheveled.  It was completely worth it, though, because it made the Top 5 Interesting Collegiate Naps list.

In summary, one of the great skills you'll pick up during your four years at Hamilton, besides the ability to live with other people, manage your schedule, gain an appreciation for personal health, and develop a love of learning, is the ability to sleep whenever and wherever possible, even when you don't intend to do so.  Although I don't think you'll be able to compete with my napping prowess :)