Originally Posted by biancasimone
I don't fit into the desks. I feel like my chest is being crushed while I am in class, and it pains me to be there for more than, say, 15 minutes. Even if it's for a subject that I really enjoy, I dread being there every minute.
I don't know what kind of desks your school uses, but UTK uses (mostly) the desks with the tops that flip up. There's a guy in one of my classes now who is HUGE (not obese, just insanely tall - probably 6'7 at least), and he lifts the top of the desk up when he's in class and uses his lap to hold his notepad. I know it's not ideal, but I've seen him try sitting in the desk with the top down, and it looks much less comfortable than just doing without the top.
You could also pull a chair from another classroom into your class and just sit in the chair. Like someone else said, you might want to talk to your professor about your discomfort. I know that's gotta seem embarrassing, but a little embarrassment is better than being uncomfortable for an entire semester (or academic career)! Good luck!