Austin is a place known for many great things – good food, good music, good beer – but to me, it’ll always be the home of my beloved alma mater, the University of Texas. However, while I enjoyed my time at Forty Acres, one thing I know can always be improved for incoming Longhorns is working comfort. Between long days in labs and endless nights in study groups at PCL, I suffered through my fair share of wrist and back pain associated with poor posture from continuous laptop use. It’s not easy to work comfortably as a college student, but since coming to THS, I’ve come across a few ergonomic items that can definitely make the school year easier on your body (though they unfortunately won’t help you stave off the freshman fifteen).
These days, the ever-present companion for any given college student is a laptop or tablet of some sort. With the exception of a few classes that ban electronics use, a student in class without a notebook or tablet is an unprepared student. While these devices offer an unprecedented level of help in organizing and sharing your notes, setting up shop in a lecture hall with a typical laptop usually results in your screen being too low and too far away, while your keyboard sits ever so slightly out of your neutral reach zone. The result is long hours spent with your arms outstretched, eyes strained, and head bent down at an awkward angle while fighting the urge to flip through Instagram during a boring lecture, none of which is good for your body or productivity. [ Read more ]