I sent our son a care package for finals, and I was worried that he would think it was silly. I'm pretty sure I know what he would think about this--
An art student at the University of Utah built a "Cry Closet" in the library, to give stressed out students a safe place to let it all out. There are even stuffed animals inside.
Some say it's a great way to relieve pressure. Others say it's another example of colleges coddling students and not preparing them for the real world... because there are no cry closets at work. (Again, this didn't come from the college. It came from an art student.)
We've all escaped to a restroom or empty office at one time or another .... or our car in the parking lot... to cry, scream, try to calm down. Yes, we need to release the valve and let off some steam sometimes. But I'm afraid that putting a cry closet in the middle of the library, where everyone can see who's using it, might lead to teasing...or worse, bullying... and make things worse, not better.
Suffice to say, the reaction online has been mixed.
Other schools have offered stress relievers during finals...
Some say it's just time to grow up and learn how to handle the stress.