Whether you’re catching up on sleep or trying to use your iPad and a textbook at the same time, you’ve likely noticed not all classrooms at CB have the same desks – and some are much better than others. Fortunately, I’ve narrowed down a list of the four different CB desks and ranked them from […]
Whether you’re catching up on sleep or trying to use your iPad and a textbook at the same time, you’ve likely noticed not all classrooms at CB have the same desks – and some are much better than others. Fortunately, I’ve narrowed down a list of the four different CB desks and ranked them from best to worst for your convenience.
It should come as a surprise to no one that these desks come in last. Mot only do they provide hardly any space to work (anyone who’s had to juggle a textbook, an iPad, and a written assignment on one of these should receive financial compensation), you can’t even put your feet up on the basket underneath. Given that I’m sitting on one of these as I write this, I can confidently say they’re the worst on campus.
Given the similarities these share to #4, there isn’t much more to say about them. However, they distinguish themselves from their counterparts with a basket underneath that is not only easier to put things in, but also makes it significantly easier to put your feet up while attempting to get comfortable for an 80-minute class period — no simple task. The reason we have so many of the exact same desks with only this slight difference is a mystery to me, but maybe the mystery of it all is part of the appeal.
This is where things actually start to get decent. These desks, found in the 600s wing, are massive compared to others on campus. I know from experience that they’ll easily fit a textbook, an iPad, and a notebook, something that can’t be said about many of their counterparts. As Alex Liu (’25) explains, “they have the most space, and they’re not right-handed desks. I advocate for every desk that’s not right-handed”. The only reason these sit at #2 is because #1 manages to one-up them.
In my humble (but correct) opinion, these desks, found in the 500s, reign supreme on campus. All the space of #2, but with the added bonus of a separate chair. To be quite frank, I don’t have much more to say about these desks, but those who have had a class with them will know that they speak for themselves. You may also be wondering why they’re pictured in this article twice — to which I say that if you haven’t witnessed them more than once before clicking out of this tab, then I haven’t done my job as a writer.
While compiling this list, I came across several objects that I wanted to include, but could not in good conscience refer to as desks. So, while I couldn’t include any of the following in the actual ranking, I still wanted to make sure they were mentioned.
First up are the picnic tables scattered across campus (pictured here are Andrew Arias (’25), Mason Barnes (’25), Weather Cretu (’25), Sara Garcia (’25), and Caleb Symkowick-Rose (’25) making use of one in the most correct and intuitive way possible). While they may not be much to look at and certainly aren’t much to write on (especially after it rains), CB wouldn’t be CB without them. Not to mention, I am of the belief that you haven’t had the true CB experience until you’ve sat at one of these for way too long as a freshman while your parents are running late to pick you up.
Next up are the Learning Commons couches! Admittedly I have little to say about these, because they speak for themselves. Just look at them. Easily some of the best and most interesting seats at CB.
And last but certainly not least are the exercise balls in the Academic Resource Center. Despite rarely getting to use them, I can confidently say that these are some of my favorite seats on campus– even if I can’t consider them desks. According to Weather (pictured above), “they’re the best at CB… 11/10”.