School Installs 'Cry Closet' for Stressed Out Students & People Are Having Strong Reactions

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School is stressful as hell at just about every level. From kindergarten to grad school, students these days are dealing with a lot. Naturally, that means they need an outlet, but those aren't always easy to come by. An American university is making waves online after installing a "cry closet" for stressed-out students in one of its libraries. As the photos go viral, they're drawing a ton of reactions from people who think the cry closet is a great idea, and from people who think it's just one more thing catering to the "snowflake generation." 

  • The "cry closet" was installed at the University of Utah and went viral after someone posted a tweet making fun of it.

    "So my school installed a cry closet in the library LMFAOOOOOOOOO what is higher education?" the student tweeted, along with a series of pictures of the closet.

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  • The cry closet is surprisingly ominous looking. From the front it seems like a door that opens up to nowhere. 

    The purpose of the closet seems pretty obvious, but the cry closet wasn't installed by the school, as most people originally thought. It's actually a free-standing art piece made by Nemo Miller, a student in the fine arts program. The piece, officially called Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise Known as The Cry Closet, was installed on Sunday. 

  • The closet is meant to be an exploration of human emotions -- more specifically, the emotions of tired college kids.

    "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," Miller said in a statement to Inside Higher Ed. "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."

    Miller got permission from the University of Utah before installing the closet. School spokesperson Jana Cunningham revealed that even though it's an art piece, students are actually encouraged to use it. "You can cry, scream, look your phone and decompress, and hopefully you come out feeling a little better in this crazy week of finals," she told Inside Higher Ed. The closet will be up until the end of finals this week.

  • Unsurprisingly, the cry closet has sparked a lot of strong reactions from people who think it's ridiculous. 

  • Some think this closet is just another case of "snowflake" kids being catered to instead of being prepared for what life is really like as an adult.

  • Some even argued that the school is enabling oversensitivity by allowing the closet to be made in the first place.

  • But a lot of people -- especially students from other colleges -- are really into the idea. 

  • There are even parents chiming in about how they want their own version of the cry closet for those "real world" adult problems. 

    With their futures hanging in the balance and constant criticism placed on them, kids are stressed out. Needing a good cry every now and then doesn't make them "snowflakes," it makes them human. We're not sure we've ever met a fellow adult who couldn't use 10 minutes alone in a dark, quiet space to decompress. Even if it is just a social-experiment-slash-art-project, this closet seems like a pretty cool idea.

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