Freshman seminar professors institute naptime as graded activity

Mikaela Hobson, Layout Manager

 

When freshman Kaitlyn Cobb came to Saint Martin’s last fall, she did not know exactly what to expect. Cobb anticipated the chance to develop critical thinking skills and make new friends, but one thing caught her completely by surprise. 

“Around the end of the second week, the professor of our freshman seminar class said that we were going to end our class with a designated 30-minute nap period. Students just kicked back and slept in their chairs, and nothing happened for the entire 30 minutes-which isn’t all that different from our daily activities in that class anyway,” said Cobb.

The Shallot reached out to the professor who started nap time in his freshmen seminar course to ask what his rationale behind the new activity was. 

Under the condition of anonymity, he said: “Look, we are all so busy here. I have to teach three whole classes a week! That’s twelve hours that I spend per week in the classroom. My only days off are Saturday, Sunday, and Friday-yes, Friday! I scheduled all my classes to avoid having to come in on Fridays and I’m damn proud of it! I work hard, so who cares if we spend 30 minutes to de-stress and sleep at the end of class? We all need to relax and chill out, man.” 

However, some of Cobb’s classmates do not agree that nap time is the best use of their tuition dollars. According to another student in the same seminar class, named Will, “I spend $200 per hour to be in class, and I have to spend 30 minutes taking a nap! If I wanted to do that I would become a ‘Bernie Bro’ and take up napping on the couches at Starbucks.”

While some may view napping in class as completely unnecessary, and a waste of time and resources, others view the activity as an effective way to allow students to de-stress from their extremely difficult lives. 

The Shallot spoke to a professor on campus who has researched stress in the modern world, according to the professor: “The modern world is a very challenging place for students these days. It would be so much easier if we just wrapped them up in bubble wrap so that nothing bad could happen and they couldn’t see or do anything. Of course, that’s not reality, not that it has stopped us before, but instead we are trying to do more self care activities in class, and this whole nap time thing is a great example. Why would anyone want to be an adult in these difficult times anyway? It is so much easier to just act like a five year old, and treat everyone you know like a five year old too. That’s the motto of the year 2020.”