HOHM pods are bringing on-campus nap spaces just in time for finals
The Student Union Memorial Center was designed and built in memory of the USS Arizona that was sunk at Pearl Harbor in 1941. The building provides shopping, food, studying, banking services, a theater and much more for Wildcat students.
Finals week can be a trying time for your typical college student with hours upon hours of studying, early mornings, late nights and constantly stressing about whether or not your professor will round your grade up if you don’t do well on your exams.
For those students who find themselves walking around campus like zombies during this time, HOHM, a San Diego-based company founded by former Wildcat Nikolas Woods, will be offering their services.
HOHM will be providing their custom-engineered, sound-blocking sleep pods in the Student Union Memorial Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, starting Monday, Dec. 3. The UA will provide students with two free hours of naps per month, and naps can be booked for as little as 30 minutes to up to 4 hours.
"This is a brand new program that we're implementing. We want to see how it does and see what the need is for our students," said Neysha Aguilar, marketing and communications manager for Arizona Student Unions.
The first pod will be located on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center in the Honors Lounge. This is HOHM's first official installation and partnership, and they will work with the UA to get feedback from students and continue to asses their needs.
"We want to find new ways to support our students, especially during finals week where we know students are finding every nook and cranny to sleep in between classes and exams," Aguilar said.
The HOHM pod itself is 43.5 square feet. They feature a twin-sized bed, a privacy curtain that blocks sound, charging stations for electronics and a tablet used to control your reservation. The dedicated staff of HOHM employees will be on hand to assist in checking guests in and out, cleaning rooms and changing sheets after each usage.
“We want to create the ultimate sleep escape for students when they need it. HOHM sleeping pods are a comfortable, relaxing experience, and we can’t wait to share it with the University of Arizona,” Woods said via a press release. “We know university campuses are full of sleep-deprived individuals who can’t always get off campus when they need to rest and look forward to serving more schools soon.”
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The idea of the sleeping pods has been well received around campus. Tiffany Pelmont, a student in the College of Fine Arts, is on campus for almost her entire Monday. Being able to nap in-between classes is very intriguing to her, she said.
“I think it could definitely be useful for students like me who don’t quite have enough time to go home but drag throughout the day,” Pelmont said. “It would save me money on coffee for sure.”
HOHM has plans to expand its sleeping pod placements to additional universities in the next year. They will also be around in co-working spaces, corporate offices, special events and airports.
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