If 00kate could get rid of the hutch above her desk, it would make a huge difference. (Perhaps your school has storage for spare furniture? It never hurts to ask.) The space is too small for that chunky a piece of furniture. Instead, fill the area above the desk with a cork board. Use it to keep track of your schedule and upcoming exams, and leave a little space for inspiration culled from magazines or elsewhere. You can also cover the cork with patterned fabric for even more interest.