Desk Arrangement As An Art-Form

Desk Arrangement As An Art-Form

An underestimated skill could fix underestimated problems


In one of my classes, we have to rearrange the desks into a semi-circle, which is characteristic of many other classes with a small size. Often, the students do it in a rushed, makeshift way, making a decent-enough semi-circle. For this one day, I decided to do it myself. I managed to get in the classroom and started rearranging the standard rows-and-columns on the far end of the room into the arrangement similar to the one in the headline photo.

As soon as the first students walked in, they were amazed and called the semi-circle "symmetrical" and "beautiful." Even the professor noted how good the semi-circle looked.

I had always known that my art skills would influence my life outside of drawing, but what shocked me was that other students noticed as well. One of my peers asked if I draw, and I simply answered that I used to draw a lot. What is interesting about that question was that the need to look at one part of an entire design was exactly what I had to do as part of the Digital Animation & 3D Design major that I was pursuing when I was first entering my college education.

Perhaps another way this type of "beautiful" arrangement can be attributed to art is the need to create order out of asymmetry. Although the desks themselves are not actual art, what makes these objects artful is the use of space. What really matters when it comes to the rest of the classroom and the desks is the relationship between them. Since the desks are materials specifically put into this space, it would make sense that the desks' positions would influence the classroom. In my case, I decided to make the room itself feel more organized while also saving the time needed by the rest of the class to arrange the desks in their positions. Since the object-positions are a semi-circle formation at the far end of the classroom near the windows, it would have been best to push back as many desks as needed in order to form this fully realized semi-circle.

Since that day, I continued to arrive as early as possible in order to rearrange the desks into this semicircle.

What I want readers to take away is that if they used to be art majors (or any other major related to that field), they should not take their techniques for granted, since the time spent in that major is not wasted.

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To The High School Senior, It's Not All About College Applications

Finish strong, be mindful of your needs, and live in peace.


I wish I could have said this all last year, that you will never have it as easy as you do right now. It's the end of the road for childhood and you're wondering what else do I do with my life now that I'm going to college? It's a mix of emotions and feelings that are hard to process. My goal is telling you this is the year to do everything fun and live like you haven't before. This doesn't mean skip school on the daily and get bad grades(it matters until the end because of college).

But above all else, don't let college applications define your year. People think applying to college is the story of what happens senior year(which is mostly true but I promise that is not the only thing that matters). There is so much more to life than college applications and laughing how everyone becomes depressed their last year from being around the same people. If I could tell myself last year, it would be this:

First, it would be to not argue with people at all. This last year is simply too scared to fight and argue with people over nothing. Do your best to be kind to everyone and not cause problems for other people. Everyone deserves to have a nice senior year.

Second, enjoy being able to live in your own room and not share with anyone else. Once you get to college there's going to be a lot of unnecessary noise that you sort of get used to living with.

Next, do not take an abundance of college classes. They're only going to help you but so much and you're not going to want to do the work anyway. Don't be one of those people who does this and doesn't feel the need to have a social life. It's no joke, recognize you're human and be mindful of your needs.

In addition, there is no such thing as a perfect school. Every school has its flaws and most of the time when people say yes, they're saying yes to the marketing campaign the school has. There is a large difference between the marketing campaign for the school and actually living there. It's always good to go to your top school and tour a second time so you know what definitely fits you.

Most importantly, do not be too consumed in your cell phone and pretend that you don't care about anything. That's like a lame childish response pretending you don't have feelings. And for those that still think this is the way to go, I can't wait until you take a sociology class and learn about how humans are dependent on one another.

Appreciate everything mom and dad have done for you. Do not fuss about what is put on the dinner table, and instead be grateful that they took their time to prepare a meal for YOU. Nothing compares to mom's home-cooked meals. Because that dining hall food can really mess you up.

You will be working the 9-5 all day every day. There will be more work, you will be stressed out about reading around 300 pages of material per week, and have the stress of having two tests as the only semester grades.

Lastly, you will actually have to adult for the first time ever in college and find what keeps you motivated. It's not a hand holding game with constant support. You have the opportunity to do a lot by yourself but also with others.

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6 Things That Just Shouldn't Exist

Why would they do that?


Okay folks! It's time, once again, for an Anna Bechtel article where I am a grumpy old lady and complain about things that shouldn't exist.

Why? Because I feel like it. And because I can. And I haven't done this in a week.

Here we go.

1. Wireless earbuds

We don't need these. They're way too small, and they look stupid. Even the non-Apple ones look stupid. We have perfectly working earbuds. We don't need these.

2. Electronics that aren't their normal size

The tablets are like huge phones. The phones are smaller tablets. The computers are normal sized tablets. WHY? Just make each product around a certain size!

3. Stan Twitter & Terms

If I read one more "ugh, her mind," "skinny legend," "iconic," "goddess," or "boy bye," I am going to personally report everyone doing this. Unless it's done ironically or sarcastically. Plus these people are fuckin insane. Who has this much time?!

4. Dating Shows 

Whether it's The Bachelor and it's 20 spin-offs, Are You The One, or anything else, we just need to stop with these dating shows. Hardly any of these couples ever stay together, and it's not like these people are actually doing something interesting. However, some of these contestants do make good podcasts after the show. Hmm, why isn't podcasting a reality competition? I gotta produce this. Let me drop out of college real quick.

5. Balloons


Honestly, why? They don't do anything. If you accidentally let them go, you'll never see them again and they will become litter. They deflate in a week. And they pop easily. There's no point to them.

6. Glow Sticks


Okay, first of all, "glow" sticks? They hardly even glow. Also, they're way too tight, and uncomfortable to wear, you can only use them for one night, and if they break, you die. Not worth it.

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