Places to cry at during your 1st month of classes

Things Taken for Granted at Home
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“Oh God, not another raccoon,” says a horrified freshman. Nah, that’s not another member of Berkeley’s proud rodent community; it’s just a homesick freshman.

Going away to school is really hard, and realizing you’re about to get academically railed by the No. 1 public university in the world is even more alarming. Crying is good for the soul and, fun fact, great for your pores — but where does one let it all go without spooking the public?

Without further ado, here are the Clog’s fave places to shed a tear or two (or three).

Benches at the creek down from Barrows

This hidden spot is not only a winner for exchanging saliva with another thirsty freshman, but it’s also the perfect place to call your mom in tears. The creek soothes your somber mood, but the hidden bench allows you to really let all your homesickness out. Mission accomplished!

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

An unknown gem, one may think Artichoke’s is only good for the drunkies. FAKE NEWS. There’s no better place to break your brave face than a building full of calories. Eat your feelings with a fat slice of artichoke pizza, or crab if you’re feeling bougie. Pro tip: Be a tad dramatic, and maybe you’ll gain some sympathy and mooch off a free slice.

The shower

If you actually are having a moment, the shower is the way to go. Not only does the sound drawn out the sobs, it simultaneously wipes your mascara stains. Even better, the steam helps your sinuses and takes you to an overall state of nirvana. Win-win!

During class

Nothing will set the tone for the semester like some kid sobbing in the back of Wheeler. Be that kid. Set the tone. It’s college; new school, new you. Plus, people will probably think you’re weird, and if they swerve you, you’ve already weeded out the rude kids you won’t be sharing your study guide with.

Contact Nichole Bloom at [email protected].