5 of the best places to have a nervous breakdown on campus – WKUHerald.com



It is at this time of the semester that your homework and exams begin to pile up. Physical fatigue and mental exhaustion are starting to take their toll.

Students seem to forget that the exhausting hopelessness they feel during the semester is shared by all students. If you’re feeling like the rest of us, here’s a list of the best places on campus to wallow in and sink into that college void.

Study rooms reserved for the library

You love your roommate, but they tend to distract you from your studies. You have a big test coming up… it’s tomorrow. You decide to run to the library to have some peace and quiet. Once there, you book an individual study room (let’s be honest, it’s basically a closet). You end up skyrocketing, thinking you’re some college scammer with nothing to do with taking these classes. You fear that tomorrow will be the end of the world if you do not pass this test.

The Cravens Library has individual study rooms which are quiet and can guarantee that you will not be disturbed. They are small, but have enough space to spread out and study adequately. The dormitory atmosphere in the study room will give you a feeling of home and normalcy. You will not feel out of place here.

Literally anywhere in Cherry Hall; More precisely the basement

It is 8:55 am and you have just stepped out of English 100 at Cherry Hall. You’re stuck in a traffic jam on the two-inch-wide staircase. You’ve got your overpriced Starbucks coffee and you’re feeling the overwhelming fear of a paper you’ve put off, squinting chemistry homework, or your class presentation tomorrow. You think, “This is it, this is where I’m going to die”. Everything decided to strike you on the spot.

Cherry Hall has always been a nostalgic place on campus; it has a familiar and distinct presence that leaves a student feeling more included in the history and future of the campus. Unlike other buildings on campus, the smaller classrooms and humanities-focused classes give students the chance to be seen and heard.

Outside of the mass media; The bell tower side

We’ve all been there – the late night run at Jody Richards Hall. You just spent the rest of your printing money (all the $ 10 WKU so graciously gave you for the whole year) and you haven’t been able to print everything you need for tomorrow’s class. It’s around 12:45 a.m., you slip into an academic abyss thinking if you’re going to have a sleepless night.

Mass media is a more secluded area with a very calming atmosphere at night. You might see a few people at this hour, but given the seating outside, you have a sense of privacy. If you need to recharge your batteries after this existential crisis, there are plenty of vending machines out there with a plethora of options to choose from. You’ll feel included in the computer lab when you hear the loud sighs of students regretting all the collegial decisions they’ve ever made.


As you exit the Palace of Fine Arts, you look up and see the heavenly seats of the historic WKU colonnades. You have just left your art studio, you are hungry, tired and behind on your project. You feel like the whole system is rigged against you. No food, tons of inclined steps and already late for classes. It’s not even week 5 yet and you are already anticipating the end of the semester. Down and behold, you have some hard, bumpy concrete to sit on while you have a fusion.

The buzzing in the ears of building what should be the already completed Commons, slightly chokes thoughts of doubt and worry about what next week has in store. You can spread out, move away from others by leaning on the concrete painted in peeling blue. Take a nap here! No one will judge you… that much.

7th floor of the parking structure (PS1)

You enter PS1 after returning from your third barbecue this week (it’s only Monday). You dread the week ahead and start to experience premature senoritis or some form of school burnout. You don’t want your roommates to see you in this state of desperation, so you decide to watch WKU and the lush green expanses of Bowling Green Kentucky on this balmy evening.

The sky is the limit here. Seriously, there is no roof. I wouldn’t recommend getting a nervous breakdown here during the day and risking a sunburn, but it is a perfect place in the evening. Beware of the nasty insta who will post their sunset up there on warm evenings.

Mental Health

Seriously, don’t forget to take care of yourself (physically AND mentally). College has a way to make you feel completely alone in your struggles, know that you are NOT alone. We are a community here, not a conglomerate of individuals. Your sanity always comes first.

If the school, interpersonal or family stress becomes too much, please contact your friends. If you think it would be more beneficial to speak to a professional, the WKU Advice Center is a great place to start. There is no shame in asking for help.

Rose Donnelly can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @RoseDonnelly_.


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