‘Cry Closet’ helps college students get through finals week

New York Daily News

A student at the University of Utah has crafted the perfect sanctuary for the panicked masses during finals week.

Senior Nemo Miller created a “Cry Closet” that will remain in the library on the Salt Lake City campus until exams are over.  

Handout from Unviersity of Utah

A sign on the door reads “A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise known as The Cry Closet.”

“This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10-minute break,” a description on the door read.

Five rules of the closet are listed: knock before entering, only one person in the closet at a time, limit your time to 10 minutes, turn lights and timer off before leaving, and use #cryclosetuofu if posting on social media.

Miller, who is currently buried in finals herself, said in a statement that “I am interested in humanity and the inherent complexities of the human condition.”

“In my work, I reflect on my experiences and explore what it means to be human,” she wrote. “One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication. It’s been interesting to watch the response to this piece about human emotions, and I’m proud to see the power of art in action.”

There has been some criticism of the closet, with conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh, a former congressman, calling the closet “pathetic.”

“1944: Young Americans storm the beaches at Normandy. 2018: Young Americans need a “cry closet” because they can’t handle taking a test. Pathetic. So damn pathetic,” he wrote on Twitter.

However, many have praised the “Cry Closet,” and some have asked for more on campus.

“The installation, available for use by all students, has sparked dialogue about expressing emotions, particularly those in public spaces,” the university said in a statement. “It is an example of how art has the power to catalyze important conversations and engage the public.”


6 thoughts on “‘Cry Closet’ helps college students get through finals week

    1. I don’t worry about them, because they’re not going to survive for very long.

      If they have to hide in a closet and cry over exams, they’re going to be jumping off bridges when they discover their “education” is worthless, and they’re not capable of functioning in the real world.

      A few of them will make enough money to hire someone to hold their hand while they cross the street, but for the most part, they’re eliminating themselves from relevancy.

      1. They serve as a good snapshot to hold up in front of the world, a testament of what has happened to many of our youth, and as a call for what we have to do to rescue them back. They are victims of the programming that toxic academia smeared them with. Much work ahead, as they seem to be increasing in numbers. I don’t want to give up on ’em ’cause there are so many of ’em and we need more to come to the side of working for freedom. I have a few in my own family, but this black sheep continually and irritatingly reminds them of what they’re capable of. I don’t yet know which are reachable.


      2. “… they’re going to be jumping off bridges when they discover their “education” is worthless,…”

        I’ll go you one better than that, JR.

        They’re going to be jumping off bridges when their ‘social media’ shuts down.

        Not to mention running out of meds.

  1. I have been put under a great deal of stress over the years to the point I have felt homicidal rage or even felt like walking off a cliff but never have I felt like walking into a closet and crying.

    This is some extreme… Well I will put it mildly: Gelding. There is a great deal of castration going on and this does not help.

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