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about 2 years ago

Best Places to Nap on Campus

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I love sleeping. Any of my current or past roommates can certainly attest to this. I can sleep pretty much anywhere and everywhere. Being such a sleepaholic, knowing the best places to sneak in a catnap is the best knowledge I can pass on to my fellow Penn Staters.

I investigated some suggestions from others, and of course included some of my own favorites, so here are my top four places to nap on campus (in no particular order).

1. Life Sciences Gateway

If you like basking in the sun while you nap and enjoy slightly awkward chaise lounges, this is the spot for you! It’s surprisingly quiet and spacious compared to most buildings. There is even a coffee shop (with really odd hours) where you can get in a caffeine fix to jolt you awake after your nap. The downside of this spot is there is not an abundance of seating, so it’s very hit or miss to find an open nap spot. Its generally pretty quiet though, so definitely add this to your list of places to explore.

2. 2nd floor of the Paterno library

This is one of the sketchiest nap places to find, but is a great spot. It’s usually not too crowded, and there is a computer lab near by, so you can pass out before or after you’re finished with your work. There are chairs with ottomans, which are quite lovely to take a nap in, especially if you can snag one of the chairs by the window. With this spot, I would recommend bringing headphones however, because there is a bathroom nearby and you can hear the toilet flush every time some uses it. So if you don’t mind the sound of toilets flushing or love using your overly priced Beats, this is the spot for you!

3. “Harry Potter Room” in the Pattee Library

This was usually the first response that I got when asking others their favorite place to slumber on campus. I scoped out this room and didn’t see as many wizards as I expected, but there were a lot of comfy chairs. Because this is a popular suggestion, it can be difficult to find a chair that isn’t already being occupied by fatigued students. The best part about this room is it is a quiet zone, so you don’t need to worry about the study group of 12 sorostitutes waking you up every five minutes.

4. The Business Building

As one of the newer buildings on campus, the furniture in the Smeal College of Business building is great. The main lobby is full of couches and chairs begging to be napped in. However, this building is buzzing at pretty much all times, so if you are paranoid about being pointed and laughed at while sleeping, this definitely should not be your first choice.

No matter where you decide to pass out, there are a few rules that you should abide by. When I say a few, I actually mean one. DON’T SNORE. Everyone loves a good nap now and then, but please don’t be that guy or girl snoring in the quiet room of the library, because frankly, that’s just embarrassing. There are also a million more places to nap outside when its nice out, but considering the impending winter, I don’t want to discuss those for fear of putting myself into a deep depression.

Did we miss any of your favorite nap spots? Leave a comment and let us know! 

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