In the midst of midterms, papers and heightened anxiety, a cry session can be cathartic for any student going through a downward spiral. Thankfully, the University of Texas at Austin offers a treasure trove of comfortable, semi-private places for any kind of cry session.
Story by Meghan Nguyen
Illustrations by Jasmy Liu
You trudge out of Parlin after your third midterm this week, disheartened and hoping that the test will be ridiculously curved – it couldn’t just have been you who did poorly, right? You have an essay tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., a presentation due at noon and a lab due at 5 p.m. You haven’t started working on any of them, and it’s already 10 p.m. And all you want to do is cry.
I spent a large part of last semester crying – it seemed like the only logical thing to do after having a bad day. However, people kept coming up and trying to console me or express their concern. And frankly, that was uncomfortable.
So here’s a list I’ve compiled of the seven best semi-private places to cry on campus, whether you need to let out loud, heaving sobs or just one silent tear.
Tables by Waller Creek
Behind the Texas Exes building is a ledge with a couple of metal chairs and tables overlooking Waller Creek. The scenic view of the creek is perfect for a reflective, sober cry. No one really goes back there, and the sound of water streaming down Waller Creek makes great background noise for a solid cry session.
The Fourth Floor Union Bathrooms
Did you know there was a fourthfloor in the Union? Neither does most of the student population. If you’re looking for a private, uninterrupted place to cry, a stall in the bathrooms on the fourth floor will do it. It’s especially best for those loud, cathartic sobs that you just can’t hold in.
The Fifth Floor of the Belo Center for New Media, By the Windows in the Back
On the highest floor of the BMC is a bench near floor-to-ceiling windows where you can wistfully look out at West Campus and shed a few tears. You’ll be able to find it if you step out of the elevator and walk straight ahead. The view is refreshing and almost transformational. It’s best for crying to relieve stress and anxiety or to let go of something (or someone).
The SAC Rooftop
On the third level of the SAC is a rooftop patio where you can catch a breath of fresh air. There’s also an art installation by James Turrell called “The Color Inside,” where you can sit and watch light sequences as the sky changes color. Both areas are perfect for a reflective,, sort of cry, whether you’re realizing you deserve better or realizing that your life needs a significant change.
Cubicle Desks or Study Rooms in the PCL
If you’re neck-deep in homework at the PCL and want to let out a few quiet tears of desperation, the cubicle desks on the first floor would be your best bet. For added privacy, consider checking out a study room and crying in there. These are best for school-related tears, like before a midterm.
Honors Quad Courtyard
In between all of the honors dorms is a beautiful courtyard with a couple of benches and swaying trees. Meant to serve as a place of comfort for the student population, this courtyard is best for shedding tears of happiness and joy. Perhaps you just found out you got an internship, or you just signed the lease to a new apartment. Either way, this place is best for when you want to celebrate yourself and your achievements, alone.
Walking in West Campus
Just walking in West Campus and freely crying is kind of liberating. This option is best for angry, vulnerable tears, when you want to show the world just how much it screwed you over. Pro tip: walk down 24th Street for the best results.