M.E.C.A Students: What’s your Workspace?


Abigail Vargas’ Personal Workspace

Over the past 7-8 months our workspace has changed at least a few times. We don’t have the uniformity of a school desk and classroom anymore, we

Payton Zarceno’s Personal Workspace

don’t have the familiarity of a backpack with which to hold all our materials and help us move them from classroom to classroom to classroom. So what is your workspace like? Do you keep all your books and notebooks near you? Do you do everything entirely online? How about non-school necessary items? Do you keep water or a fidget toy because sitting still is probably one of the hardest things in the world?
In a survey, where the previous questions were asked we received a dozen responses. In this survey, the majority of students selected that their workspace was a desk. The remaining number of students’ answers were scattered among beds, tables, the floor, or a kitchen counter. It’s great to know that many students have the space they need to do work for the whole day. Somewhat contrary to that, the survey showed that half of the students only have the school provided laptop to do work on, between hundreds of thousands of people occupying the internet, computers trying to handle all the work we do, and the excessive amount of tabs that we need to keep open to do said work, these laptops are always up to the task of processing what students need them to. When it comes to physical supplies, there doesn’t seem to be any similarities when talking about organization between these students. For example, one student stated that their materials are “just scattered around the house[,] I don’t really have a designated spot for them.” Which to some people may seem excruciating to try and do or find, but to others it could be just the way they work. It sounds weird but for some, it’s easier to find something that’s out of place rather than something right where it’s supposed to be. There are still many students who do prefer a neat and organized arrangement, such as the following student who stated, “I have [a cubby] hole where I use it as a bookshelf and I put my school books and materials in some of them.”
So far we have only discussed school supplies and work areas, but what about the items that aren’t directly related to school? School supplies and not school supplies encompass just about everything on earth, so to break it down into separate groups we have practical items such as a water bottle or vaseline. One student seemed to limit themselves to keeping items classified as these, saying that they keep “[a] water bottle, glasses cleaning set, and medicine…” other than their other school-related items. The second group is impractical items like fidget spinners and books that aren’t for school, one such student had said, “I have some candy in containers, mostly for show since I forget I have them sometimes. I also like to keep around either coffee or water.” The final group is extracurricular items such as items for a club, for example, books, materials, or dice for DnD club. Speaking of DnD club, another student responded, “I have a calendar, [incense] burner, a fidget item, and some dice for the dnd club as well as some art-work.”

Dylan Horowitz’s Personal Workspace for school and more

In conclusion, as stated before, nobody’s desk space was quite the same. There were some with bottles of water and some with games. Some had food while others kept glasses. The rhyme is done now but it wasn’t wrong, there’s much difference among these masses. It’s done now, the rhyme is complete so the final question is M.E.C.A students; What’s YOUR workspace?