Horowitz said at home, they are able to make their space more personalized.
“The online classes aren’t as bad for me since they were all online at school anyway,” Horowitz said. “The biggest difference is now I’ve set up under my bed surrounded by plants, dice and pillows.”
Everyone’s secret for making their workspace their own is different. For Horowitz, it is the color green, and for Sizemore, it's the pictures he has with his friends.
For first-year Savannah Pless, the secret is her desk and chair.
“The first thing I did was get a new desk,” Pless said. “I had one that I used for AP tests last year, but it’s really helped me stay organized, having that desk option as well as the office chair I got, because it feels like I am in a work environment.”
The students said having space to concentrate on work rather than play is a necessity for a study space.
Pless said making a space she could control was helpful to her.
“Making my own space has been really helpful in keeping me motivated,” Pless said. “If I hadn’t made an area for myself to work, it would have been harder for me to want to continue trying to get ahead on classwork.”
Sophomore Abby Martin said to get through the semester, she has found cheat codes to trick herself into staying motivated. She puts on her banker's lamp and plays '50's music so she doesn't have to use her brain to listen to it.
“I'll get like a nice pen and just write," Martin said. "Plus any hot drink next to you is also essential. I have to have all five senses just doing something to convince myself to be productive and write something down.”
Long workdays plague each student, and Sizemore said finding the right focal points, as well as the right balance of comfort and efficiency in a space, is what ends up making the difference.
“I get out of bed, I cook and then I come sit at my desk for the rest of the day,” Sizemore said. “Having a space where I can feel comfortable and see my friends smiling at me from my desk is a nice reminder that even though this is a very weird time, I’m not alone and that there are still good things to witness.”