Stella-Grace Ford '23
We’ve all been there. After a long night of frantic test cramming or analytical essay writing or two-months-late-AP-Human-Geography-paper grinding (just me? Sorry, Mr. Bonner…), you, yet again, only get a few sparse hours of sleep. You try your best to keep your heavy eyelids open, but you can’t help but doze off in the middle of your History lecture. It happens to the best of us. In fact, along with STA hoco horror stories and starvation from A lunch inevitably running out at exactly 1:05 pm, falling asleep during the day might be the one true NCS shared experience—to the point where numerous Instagram accounts exist to chronicle NCSers’ frequent snoozes. As a certified @2023naptime submission menace, I consider myself an NCS siesta connoisseur. Unsure of where to doze off on campus? Worry not, dear reader, for I’ve taken it upon myself to finally catalog the best places to sleep at NCS. Read on for another piece of hard-hitting Exchanged journalism!
10. Starting off in a strong last place are naps during Cathedral or Chapel. If I ever were to have fallen asleep during these utterly invaluable community time slots (which I would absolutely never do and this is all hypothetical and you can’t prove anything), they would be the worst naps of my life. Think about it—Chapel pews are uncomfortable, Cathedral seats are far too cramped, and, worst of all, you run the risk of a detention. No matter how tempting resting your head on your friend’s shoulder during a particularly long homily might seem, don’t give in! I believe in you!
9. At 9th place, only inches from last place, is sleeping at STA. Yes, I know this doesn’t count as an NCS nap, but I need to finally express my utter disdain for STA snooze spots. I mean, where am I going to rest my eyes—the skounge? Where everyone in Marriott Hall and half of Washington DC can see me? Even the college lounge or chairs by the elevator are uncomfortably exposed. Admittedly, the couch by Mr. Bishop’s office is a strong nap contender, but echoes from the lower school art room make comfortably dozing a light sleeper’s nightmare. Between late-night Mads and theater rehearsals, I’ve taken my fair share of STA naps, but every one of them has been against my will. No thanks.
8. 8th place: lounges on Hearst’s 3rd and 4th floors. These couches are surprisingly cozy, boasting many pillows and comfortable cushions, but they’re too exposed for my sophisticated napper tastes. If you do happen to fall asleep while eavesdropping on a 9th grade English class or Schrammlit (my favorite forms of entertainment), be prepared to be photographed and posted to your local naptime account. Sorry not sorry.
7. In 7th place are the lunchroom couches. Although they’re not the most comfortable or cloistered, these couches are where I’ve had some of my most productive naps. The cafeteria is an unlikely beacon of quiet after school ends. Just imagine—it’s an hour before Chorale dinner, and you have the perfect amount of time to get in a quick catnap before eating the same pizza the music department has been buying since 1990. You pull your sweatshirt hood over your eyes, recline across the seat, and kick off your shoes. The rigid stuffing causes back pain that wakes you up 15 minutes before everyone else arrives. How convenient!
6. 6th: Class. I have never fallen asleep in class. Definitely not. Shut up. Next question.
5. Falling at a neutral 5th place are the Hearst locker alcoves. These hideaways are secluded, usually quiet, and exude strange waves of peace, but they occasionally fall victim to the whims of heartless locker owners. What do you mean your Modern World textbook is in here? Can’t you see I’m sleeping?
4. Now we’re getting down to the wire. In 4th place is arguably one of the best nap spots on the entire campus: the nurse’s office. This place has it all: cozy cots, soft blankets, fluffy pillows, peaceful quiet, and relative darkness. The only downside is that the beds fill up, fast. Hang on, I’m getting war flashbacks—once, on a gloomy Thursday after Cathedral, I was sick. I had a dizzying migraine and genuinely needed to lie down, but, when I ventured down to the nurse’s, there was quite literally a line down the hall. It seemed everyone from middle schoolers to my fellow seniors wanted to miss their fifth period class, and my beloved resting spot was torn out of my sickly fingers by 12-year-olds wanting to skip class to watch TikTok. The pain! The horror! My condolences to everyone who is actually suffering and needs to lie down. It’s truly a race. May the best woman win.
3. Big third place—the stuco! Although I personally have rarely slept here, I’ve heard rave reviews from my classmates, and the couches are undoubtedly the most comfortable ones on campus. Unfortunately, the volume of various friend groups talking inside often overweighs this comfort, but I can certainly see its appeal after school. According to Helen Yingling, ‘23, “the stuco is my favorite place if there’s not a lot of people,” a statement with which Audrey Scott, ‘23 wholeheartedly agreed. Lucia Rios-Luy, ‘23, attests that her favorite nap spot on campus is “lowkey on the floor in the back room in the stuco.” Amara Nwokoye, ‘23, gold-star @2023naptime featured sleeper, likes the stuco because “the couches are nice and it’s usually quiet. Yeah.” Wise words, Amara!
2. Next up is my most frequent nap spot: the library couches! The loves of my life! I cannot count the amount of times I’ve fallen asleep on the library mezzanine. It might genuinely be my second home by now. Here’s my infallible formula for a perfect library nap: top floor. Pillow from a nearby chair. Jacket on your legs as a blanket. Earbuds in. Playlist: “punisher folklore in the alps evermore” by Spotify user mary evelyne. This recipe is tried and true, and, whether it be a fifteen minute doze before AP Stat or a three-hour-long slumber after school, the library couches have never failed me. I hope you find the same respite there as I do. You can thank me later.
1. And now. The grand finale. In first place, ranked the single greatest nap spot at NCS, drumroll please, is… the senior room! To no one’s surprise, as I have been photographed sleeping there many times by many friends, I adore sleeping in the senior room. And, it’s not just me. Take it from my various interviewees:
“I love the senior room floor. Grab a little pillow, grab a little sweater, curl up on the floor. Drop those airpods in, and I’m gone. Post bagel munch, if you will.” – Eva Vickerman ‘23
“The couch specifically under the poster in the senior room. It's just the perfect place to be included in conversations but be able to turn around and sleep. It’s very versatile.” – Elizabeth Khludenev ‘23
“My favorite spot is the senior room couch because it’s comfy and not like in literally the middle of a public space.” – Audrey Scott ‘23
“This couch right here.” – Lindsay Weigmann ‘23 (interviewed in the senior room while about to nap)
Wow! Just listen to those glowing words! Forget my friends, teachers, and the community I’ve lived in for nine years—the thing I’ll miss most about NCS is undoubtedly the senior room. To the class of 2024: I cannot wait to see the naps you take there. Treat it with the love it deserves. Love hard and sleep well.
And there you have it: the top ten most GLO2IOU3 places to sleep at NCS, ranked. Mind you, there are many other nap spots at NCS. Carden Royster, ‘23, another frequent @2023naptime sleeper, says her favorite place is “the lawn, when it’s sunny and exactly 77 degrees.” Danielle White, ‘23, adds that she loves to be “under Ms. Siu’s table” because “the floor is hella level there. Perfect balanced floor 10/10.” When I asked Norah Kanukolanu, ‘23, her thoughts on this topic, she insisted I add her quote that “personally, I don’t sleep on campus because I’m an alpha who doesn’t need sleep. I like to terrorize the betas who nap in the senior room and on the couches of stuco. I linger above them until they wake up, terrifying them as I cosplay as their sleep paralysis demon.” Thanks, Dani and Carden! And Norah…interesting opinion. Thanks, I guess. I’m kind of scared of you now.
What are your favorite places to sleep on campus? Do you agree with my ranking? Tell us how you feel in the comments!