The student newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley, has created an interactive map where readers can "share their experiences of crying" on campus.
The Daily Californian's "Where We Cry" map has received over 360 submissions for its special issue on mental health.
A click-through reveals a wide range of experiences. The vast majority seem to run the gamut from academic stress, relationship problems, roommate conflicts and homesickness to more serious matters such as eating disorders, depression, grief over loved ones dying and dealing with rape and suicide.
One person recalled "how the tour guide on my first trip around campus had joked evans was the best place to commit suicide. sat in a bathroom on the eighth floor crying until i didn't want to die any longer."
A handful, however, confess tears over matters more broadly associated with the campus' well-known left-wing politics — specifically the election of Republican President Donald Trump a year ago and rioting and protests over conservative speakers invited to the school in 2017.
Here's what triggered a few of those welled-up eyes:
- Trump won
- walking to class the day after the election
- I saw Milo
- Tear gas
- One person confessed to breaking down after going with a friend to an "undocumented student healing circle after September 5th" — the day the Trump administration ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields young illegal immigrants from deportation. "We both cried in each other's arms."
(H/T: The Daily Wire)