Ranked Best to Worst: Places to Cry on Campus

We’ve all done it. Whether it be out of stress, exhaustion, or an unexpected (or expected…) bad grade, we’ve all had that moment where the tears just come pouring out.

I spotted this idea last year, and I made a commitment to myself to see it through. As this is my final semester here at UVic, the time has now come to share this important information with the world. So, without further ado, a ranking of the best and worst places I’ve cried on campus:

  1. I mean, this is kind of what it’s there for, right? The Peer Support Centre is staffed with some of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Don’t find yourself crying on campus all the time? Consider volunteering with them! You can find the Peer Support Centre in the basement of the SUB: room B035. 10/10

  2. 2. David Turpin A-Wing Showers

    If you’re looking for some personal space, the DTB shower stalls are the place to be. While there’s only two, you won’t feel like you’re holding up the line for the toilet, so you can privately sit and sob to your heart’s content. 9/10

  3. Like the Peer Support Centre, Counselling Services was made for this kind of thing. The only downside is that appointments can fill up fast and wait times can be long. But, if you’re someone who schedules their breakdowns 3 weeks in advance, you’ll be all set. 7/10

  4. 4. Behind the Cunningham Building

    The what building? Exactly. If you walk straight through the main entrance of the Cunningham building, you can exit down a little stairway and find yourself in a secret concrete hovel surrounded by some lovely shrubs. It’s not all that aesthetic and you might get a little chilly, but other than that this one’s a winner. 6.5/10

  5. 5. David Strong Washrooms

    There may be a lot of traffic here, but there are so many stalls that no one will be able to keep track of who’s coming in and out. Feel free to take your time and serenade the crowds with your melodious wails. 5/10

  6. 6. Anywhere in Cornett

    Not entirely private, but it’s kind of a maze in there. If you hear someone coming, all you have to do is round the corner and you’ll find yourself in a whole other dimension. I’m pretty sure there’s actually a stairway in there that leads to nowhere. 4.5/10

  7. 7. Right Outside A Lecture Hall

    Definitely not ideal, but if it’s right after an exam, you can probably get a little group going. 2/10

  8. 8. A Professor’s Office Hours

    ...do I really have to elaborate?? 1/10

But in all honesty, school can be really hard. Sometimes there are circumstances beyond your control and it all just gets a bit much. Be sure to reach out for help when you need it and remember that there’s nothing wrong with expressing your feelings in a healthy way.