PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University community advisor Kirsten Elizabeth is doing what she can to help students cope with their emotions following Tuesday’s historic election.
“Today during my office hours, 4PM to 7PM, I will be bringing my personal coloring books, crayons, markers and colored pencils for anyone to use in order to de-stress and relax from the election results,” she posted to Facebook.
“Please do not hesitate to reach for help, whether it is to me, the rest of the Community Advisor and Residential Life University Apartment staff, the Counseling Center, the Helping Center, your friends and family or your professors,” Elizabeth wrote. “None of you are alone.”
At least one economics professor at Yale University is also taking it easy on students reeling from Clinton’s loss by making their mid-term exam optional, according to a copy of an email he sent to students that Yale Daily News editor Jon Victor posted to Twitter.
“I am getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns. (Although as I wrote this the election has not been called.) The ones I find most upsetting are those who fear, rightly or wrongly, for their own families,” the Econ 115 professor wrote. “Therefore, I am making the exam optional.”
At Yale and many other schools students were traumatized and overwhelmed by Trump’s win, and university officials have moved to soothe their sensibilities.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
At Tufts University, arts and crafts were on offer. And the University of Kansas reminded students via social media of the therapy dogs available for comfort every other Wednesday. …
“People are frustrated, people are just really sad and shocked,” said Trey Boynton, the director of multi-ethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan. “A lot of people are feeling like there has been a loss. We talked about grief today and about the loss of hope that this election would solidify the progress that was being made.”
There was a steady flow of students entering Ms. Boynton’s office Wednesday. They spent the day sprawled around the center, playing with Play-Doh and coloring in coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction.
At Cornell University, saddened students hosted a cry-in.
“Cry with us,” the Cornell Daily Sun posted to Facebook, along with a video of the event. “The Sun is live at the Ho Plaza ‘Cry In’ as Cornellians reaction to Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory.”
“I’m quite terrified, honestly,” one student said in the video, according to The Washington Times. “It’s saying that people are really given into fear-mongering. They are willing to put people down based on their identity just so that they would feel vindicated that they would be getting rid of ‘Crooked Hillary.’”
“It’s really hard for me to come to terms with this,” another student said. “I think a lot of us are in shock.”
PJ Media noted that Trump’s resounding victory also provoked violent protests and threats of murder at schools and other places across the country, and opined that students traumatized and those lashing out “are both symptoms of the same thing.
“For years, progressives have sheltered children from failure and pain. Athletic events for young children no longer keep score, and everyone gets a trophy,” according to the news site. “Schools try to minimize competition and achievement because of insane theories about fostering self-esteem.
“Unfortunately, you can’t shelter kids forever. At some point, something is going to invade their safe spaces and smack them upside the head. On November 9, it was dealing with the fact that Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States.”