Best Places To Cry After Failing A Final

Penn State, as fun as it may be, is a challenging academic institution that pushes its students to their full potential. Finals week, for most students, is not a walk in the park. I’m not saying that you’re going to fail any of your finals, but in the event that you do, we compiled a list of places that are great to let it all out post-exam.

Outside Willard


Willard is a hot spot for exams, with its classrooms seating small classes to large lectures. Here’s the strategy: Take the exam to the best of your ability in Willard, leave Willard, and cry on the steps of Willard as other students go to take the same exam that you did (perhaps a different section of the same course). This emotional breakdown in arguably one of the most heavily trafficked entryways on campus is sure to discourage or distract these test-takers, which in turn may lead to a curve in your favor.

In the Pollock Testing Center

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Similar to the steps of Willard, breaking down in the Pollock testing center where other students are studying for exams is a sad, sad attempt to shift the curve in your favor. Good luck to you!

In Front of Seniors Taking Graduation Photos

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In a Tree


It’s like a Weeping Willow, except you’re the one weeping and the tree is normal. This locale is particularly perfect, since it symbolizes the “lonely at the top (of a tree)” that goes along with the hopeless feeling left after failing a final.

The Park Under the Millenium Science Complex

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This place is aesthetically pleasing and its gravel walkways discourage student traffic. For those living in South or Pollock Halls, it’s a short walk from the hustle and bustle and lack of privacy that is a dorm room. For those living in East Halls, it’s on the way back to your dorm if you may have just failed an exam in Pollock Testing Center.

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Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.

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