Cute planters, hot pink desk drawers, interesting art and pictures of friends and family are only a few things that make sophomore SamLevi Sizemore’s space his own.
Since the University moved all undergraduate classes online, students like Sizemore have had to find creative ways to make their study spaces comfortable and useful for the long workday.
Sizemore said he and his family made the decision that he would not stay home for the semester before classes began, so he moved into an apartment off campus.
“I was actually set to be in a dorm until mid-July,” Sizemore said, “But when (the University) was like, ‘Hey we might not issue refunds,’ my family freaked out and said they didn’t want me living on campus.”
First-year Elias Horowitz, who stayed on campus until everyone had to leave, said their biggest obstacle has been staying focused on work and being motivated when the time comes to do it.
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.