The University of Utah is trying something on campus to keep students from exploding from stress during finals week.
With the need to unwind in mind, graduating senior Nemo Miller built a space — The Cry Closet — where students can go literally cry it out in private, but still be near the main library area where they need to study. Because ... priorities.
The makeshift room is small with a narrow door, dark fabric lining the walls and a plush floor inside for maximum relief. The floor is filled with stuffed animals and there is a very low, ambient light inside.
On the door it reads: “A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students” and explains, “This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10-minute break.” Only a few rules apply, you have to knock, be the only person in there at a time, and stop crying after 10 minutes.
Many students stopped by the tiny room to take selfies, look inside, and yes, close the door and cry. The closet will be available for crying until May 2.
Of course, there were some closet haters, with one Twitter user calling it “pathetic.”
“This is beyond pathetic,” the user wrote. “Way to prepare students for the real world. Wonder how many prospective employers have cry closets?”
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