Exam season is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: ugly stress crying in every corner of Carleton, whenever possible. We’re all in this together, ravens. Here are the 10 best places to cry at Carleton University when you just can’t even:
1. A private study room in MacOdrum Library.
Book your time slot online so nobody interrupts you- they don’t have to know you’re in there crying. You booked your time. Do with it what you want.
2. A residence dorm room.
If you don’t live on campus, make a friend who does and see if you can use their room for your crying needs. If your friend on residence lets you cry into their pillow, not only is it relatively private, but you can also fall asleep in their bed when crying drains all of your energy. Just remember to flip over their pillow after so they don’t notice if you smeared your mascara all over it.
3. Find a chill professor and cry during their office hours.
Professor MacIsaac, I would like to personally thank you for listening to me ramble about things that weren’t even related to your class, and for not judging me (at least, I don’t think you judged me?) that time I ugly cried in front of you.
4. Find an empty classroom and just wail.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m willing to bet that if you just went into an empty classroom in residence commons, locked the door, and wrote “taken” on the little chalkboard outside, nobody would even notice.
5. Cry in a bathroom stall.
Bring back one of the classics from high school. Either you’ll feel super nostalgic, or you’ll cry even harder because something smells weird, someone is awkwardly trying to pee and pretend they can’t hear you crying, and you’re crying in a bathroom, for pete’s sake. Get it together.
6. Dramatic outburst? Try the river.
If it’s not -60 outside and you can bear to leave the tunnels, head out to the river – it’s a perfect place for dramatic outbursts, and nobody can yell at you for screaming into the abyss because you can use your outdoor voice there.
7. That little nook in UC.
What’s that even called? Does anyone know? Its like, kinda near the Starbucks, but there’s couches and stuff. Sure, people will be trying to study, but they can put in headphones. Your 4th mental breakdown of the day is more important.
8. Cry to Blue, the therapy dog.
Nothing feels quite as good as hugging a dog while you sob uncontrollably.
If you really gotta let it out but Blue isn’t there, you can always just cry in the counselling office. Mental health is kind of what they deal with there, nobody will judge you, and they’ll probably give you candy.
9. Quick, sudden outbursts in an elevator.
These only work if you can stop crying on demand, if you’re in the elevator alone, or if you’ve genuinely stopped caring (and I mean, hey, it’s exams, we’ve all stopped caring.) These are especially good if you don’t have time for a full blown emotional outburst, but you need to let something out.
10. The tunnels late at night.
This one is mostly for the residence students, but you could also just stay on campus really late to get the full effect (remember that residence friend you made in #2?) Unless its Thirsty Thursday at Ollies, not many people are in the tunnels at 3 am – and the echo of your wailing is actually quite satisfying. You could also cry in the tunnels in the middle of the day if you’re late to your exam and maybe one of the tunnel cart drivers will give you a ride there (no, I totally didn’t do this first semester, why do you ask?)
What do you think are the best places to cry at Carleton University? Comment below!
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Caitlyn is a Journalism + Humanities student who came to Ottawa because she apparently didn't get a cold enough winter in Northern Ontario. Her hobbies include quoting Clueless, going to the beach, and being a wine mom. Check her out on Instagram @cait.astrophic