During Finals Week, a 'Cry Closet' at University of Utah

Art student installs it in library
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2018 6:14 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Students cramming for finals week at the University of Utah can let off a little steam in the "cry closet." Art student Nemo Miller installed the Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise Known as The Cry Closet in the university library Sunday, posting five rules including a time limit of 10 minutes and an occupant limit of one along with the request, "Knock before entering." Students were also asked to use the hashtag #cryclosetuofu if posting on social media about the installation, which will remain at the library until finals week ends May 2. Inside Higher Ed has a picture of the rules.

A quick peek at the hashtag on Twitter shows some were incredulous about the closet: "LMFAOOOOOOOOO what is higher education," one person posted; another wrote, "When you’re thinking this is just one of those made up viral things on Twitter then realize it’s at your school..." But others were supportive. "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," wrote one person. Added another, "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.'"

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