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.
I stayed 11 mins but feel so much better thank you to whoever built this. Can we add a box of tissues please? Xo #cryclosetuofu— 💌 𝓖𝓮𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓲 💌 (@GEMlMl) April 25, 2018
The #cryclosetuofu is, in fact, the kind of thing you learn to use in therapy. All these people say “get help instead” but my therapist told me to schedule in worry/cry times into the day. Like “I’ll let myself break down for 10 minutes at 3:00 and then move on.”— ♔ marbelle ♔ (@goddess_mamkute) April 25, 2018
I really love the idea of the #cryclosetuofu because college is stressful. I'm an educator & that sounds like an amazing idea for the elementary/high school level too.— Teddisha Ashley 🎤❤ (@TeddishaAshley) April 25, 2018
Other schools have offered stress relievers during finals...
Some say it's just time to grow up and learn how to handle the stress.
This #cryclosetuofu is ridiculous. How soft are these kids? I'm finishing my 3rd degree, have a full-time day job at a Bay area tech company, own a small business as pro photographer, have a wife and 2 kids, and I'm a Twitch streamer. Grow up already.https://t.co/6vuZ9M0Hhk— Shroom_e (@shroom_e) April 26, 2018