Look, college isn't really like a Zac Efron movie makes it out to be. Getting your degree, a piece of paper that probably put you in a crippling financial situation with meager job prospects, can be a stressful endeavor. To put it plainly, college makes some students cry.
And for all students at the University of Utah feeling the pangs of educational misery, there is the Cry Closet. PhD student Jackie Larsen first noticed the sobbing chambers at the university library. She tweeted photos of the standalone room, which is really just a makeshift closet with stuffed animals inside. It's stated purpose is to give students a break from studying for their final exams. If they need a forgiving environment to emote and curse the day they decided to major in Organic Chemistry, this is definitely the room.
A sign on the door calls it "A Safe Space For Stressed Out Students Otherwise Known as The Cry Closet." The sign also displays a few ground rules, which are listed in bullet points:
- Knock before entering
- Only one person in the closet at a time
- Limit your time in the closet to no more than 10 minutes
- Turn lights and timer off before leaving
- Use #cryclosetuofu if posting on social media
Since posting her photos earlier this week, Larsen's tweet has sparked some reactions.