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The 10 best places to cry on ASU's campuses

From Hayden Library to West campus, here is the definitive list of the best places at ASU to let out a good cry


Joseph Perez, a State Press Magazine managing editor, attends a production meeting in ASU's A.J. Mathews Center in Tempe, Arizona on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Welcome back to another year, Sun Devils. A new semester of stressful classes, expensive textbooks and unsuccessfully avoiding calls from your parents is reason enough for an updated list of the best places to cry on ASU's campuses. Where is your favorite place to have a good cry on campus? Let us know on Twitter.

1. A dark corner of Hayden Library at 3 a.m.

You’ve written half of a discussion post that you’re losing 10 points on because it was due three hours ago and your AirPods blasting lo-fi beats can’t quite drown out the noise of all your impending deadlines. Take a deep breath, put on The Cranberries and let it all out in an abandoned corner of Hayden Library. We won’t judge you.

A couch in ASU's Hayden Library on campus in Tempe, Arizona on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

2. A couch in The State Press' Tempe newsroom in A.J. Matthews Center

Our personal favorite, a newsroom couch — known for being hideously floral, super comfortable and covered in mystery stains you’d rather just ignore. It's always there for you after a long night of publishing articles, and it's been around longer than any of us. Man, if couches could talk...

ASU then-junior, Kimberly Rapanut, current State Press Editor-in-Chief, chats with students in the A.J. Matthews Center basement in Tempe, Arizona on Thursday April 11, 2019.

3. The 'secret garden'

Well, the secret’s out. Tucked behind West Hall, this “garden” (mostly grass, don’t keep your expectations too high) is a quiet hideaway from the rest of the bustling Tempe campus. If you catch it at a good time, you can have the garden all to yourself. Perfect for that in-between-classes cry.

ASU's "Secret Garden" is pictured in the Tempe campus on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona.

4. Anywhere on the West campus

Really, anywhere is good. Hop on a shuttle and in 30 minutes or less, you can find yourself in the hallowed halls of ASU's West campus. 

Students work at Devil's Lair on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, on ASU's West campus in Glendale, Arizona.

5. Beus Center for Law and Society on the Downtown Phoenix campus

Thankfully you don’t have to be a law student to cry in this building’s library. It’s dead silent, and if the library isn’t your thing, there are nooks and crannies on all six floors. Maybe you’ll make friends with a crying law student, what a great meet cute.

The fifth-floor balcony at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law building in downtown Phoenix​ on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

6. James Turrell ASU Skyspace: Air Apparent

For the cry when you want to feel like you’re not on this planet anymore, this color-changing art structure will transport you to another world. Hopefully it will also help you forget about that Human Event paper due this week.

James Turrell's "Air Apparent" art structure on ASU's Tempe campus on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona.

7. Cronkite School edit bay

Step 1: Find an open edit bay on the third floor of the Cronkite Building.

Step 2: Open Adobe Premiere on the edit bay computer to fool passersby into thinking you’re actually using an edit bay to edit.

Step 3: Cry into your folded arms and jiggle the mouse every once in a while to keep up the facade.

The inside of an editing bay in the Cronkite building on campus in downtown Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. ​

8. The Student Pavilion

A newer addition to the Tempe campus, the Student Pavilion is solar-powered and has a zero waste goal — the perfect place for a sustainable cry. A State Press staffer recommends the third floor.

Students relax in ASU's Student Pavilion on campus in Tempe, Arizona is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

9. Community Services Building

Rumor has it that this building is haunted. Before it was the ASU Community Services Building, it functioned as a tuberculosis and children's hospital. Come on — we both know there are ghosts wandering that place. Perfect for when you don’t want to be alone while you cry, come hang out with some ghosts.

ASU's Community Service Building in Tempe, Arizona pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Read more: Here are the spookiest spots on and around ASU's Tempe campus

10. The basement of the Fulton Center Parking Garage

I know what you’re thinking — the basement of a garage? Creepy! Well, first of all, you were just crying in a haunted building, secondly, this garage has something special. The basement houses a giant fan to drown out the sound of your tears. True peace. 

The bottom floor of the Fulton parking structure on campus in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. 

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