I’d say for the most part that college is pretty lit but sometimes you just can’t hang, and that’s okay. In the wise words of Melanie Martinez, “it’s my party and I can cry if I want to”. So work hard, play hard, and cry harder. I’m going to let you in on a few secret places to cry at UCLA – where it may or may not be acceptable to let the feels out.
1. The shower in your communal bathroom.
Nothing feels better than letting your hall mates shower or go knowing that you are in crisis mode and could not even wait to get back to your room to let it all out. Who needs bluetooth speakers and a bumping shower playlist when they’ve got your hysteria to listen to?
2. In line at B-Plate
Hangry AF? Standing in line for 30 minutes just to enter the building that serves you one spoonful of kale and a sprinkling of chicken when you have a midterm the next day might be too much for you at this fragile time. So let out a few sobs, the vegans will be so concerned about their veganism that they may not even see you.
3. 11:15pm in your dorm room before an 11:59 paper deadline.
I know, I know, you’ve had a busy week, but now you have 3 pages left and you started approximately 65 minutes ago. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. Have a heavy cry. Keep the words flowing as fast as the tears streaming down your face, and if the bibliography doesn’t get done, it doesn’t get done.
4. On the Rooter Bus back from a hard loss
What’s a better way to celebrate a loss than with a 75-minute drive in a yellow school bus full of pissy, possibly drunk, tired, sunburnt college kids? Things haven’t been going your way for a while and now the Instagram you were going to post from the game may not get as many likes. Damn. Have a cry.
5. The intimate setting of your discussion class
I can’t think of a better time to cry than surrounded by 15-20 strangers, vying for participation points, each with a clear view of you in the small room in Bunche, pub aff, or MS.
6. The reading room at Powell
Moving your chair sparks a frenzy of “shhh”, dropping a book sounds like a building collapsing, but by all means, scream-cry till your heart’s content.
7. Bruin plaza
Did the offensive amount of flyering just send you over the edge? Were you asked, “hey, do you care about children?” and had to say, “yes but not right now” just one too many times? Take a lie down right there on bruin walk, snuggle up to the bear, and let the feels out man.
8. At the 50-minute mark of your 1hr 50 lecture.
Don’t you love it when you’ve been sitting in a lecture hall for 3 days straight but only 50 minutes have gone by? Best part is you aren’t even half way there. I’m not sure there’s much else to do other than cry. Oh, and also gear up for the 2 hour lecture you have immediately afterwards because you hate yourself and had way too much self-confidence during enrolment.
9. Your walk back to Hitch.
AKA “hitch the bitch”. I’m so sorry to those of you who were placed in a housing accommodation that makes Narnia seem close by but the reason why might be something nice to ponder during your sweat inducing 45-minute cry/walk/crawl.
10. Walk of shame-ing straight to your 8am on a Friday.
You do you, my friend. Sport your “whiskey business” outfit with pride as last night’s make up may be running down your face as you realize your hungover self is going to have to participate in discussion. Let the 50-minute countdown begin.
I will leave you with a fitting John Wooden quote, “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes”. That’s right, John Wooden thinks you’re a doer. So keep on doing, you may take some L’s and have a couple melt-downs, but all-in-all college is pretty great and so are you.