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University of Utah Has a ‘Cry Closet’ for Stressed-Out Students

Students can relieve tears for 10 minutes at a time in the library

Danielle Germain

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University of Utah student and visual artist Nemo Miller, created a “cry closet” in the school’s library where students can relieve their stress with a 10 minute private sob.

According to the rules posted, the closet is described as a “safe place for stressed-out students.” For privacy’s sake the room is only meant to be used by one person at a time.

The closet — referred to on social media, using the hashtag #cryclosetuofu, is surrounded with padded walls and floor, as well as a few stuffed animals. The life of a student is filled with stress and anxiety; oftentimes during #FinalsSzn these feelings are heightened. The fact that this was built by a student and was not an additional cost to the student body or the school raises the question of whether something like this is needed at every university.

Danielle Germain is a Junior at The American University in Washington, D.C. Danielle is a Broadcast Journalism Major and a Political Science Minor. She aspires to be a Political Commentator or a Political Analyst. During the school year, Danielle balances 2 Jobs, an internship and serves on 4 Executive Boards, ranging from the Vice President of Programming for Caribbean Circle to the Social Media Director and Web Manager for The Blackprint — a news publication aimed towards students of color. This summer, Danielle will be joining the Macy's Inc. team as their Corporate Communications Intern. She can be reached at dg0060a@student.american.edu"

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