It has been five years since I joined HOL. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this site, but I do remember my initial excitement when I discovered the magic it possessed. I could get sorted into one of the Houses? I could actually take classes? I could earn points for my House, just like they could in Harry Potter? I knew right then and there that I had to join. I was, and still am, a Potterhead at heart, and I was very excited to experience my own Hogwarts dream. Only, I was not quite as prepared as I thought I would be...
In real life, I had just started my first year of college. I was taking 15 credit hours and practicing/playing on the school's softball team almost every afternoon. Sadly, there was no way I could keep up with college and HOL at the same time, and thus disappeared from the HOL community after only a few months in. I would have likely forgotten about HOL, too, had I not received an email from my House's forum. Four years later, in fact. Curious, I visited the site once more and my initial excitement returned. How could I have forgotten about this wonderful site!? I knew then and there, even though I was still in college, I just had to try again.
Now, after many stumbles and a few flat out falls, I finally managed to become a second year. And now that I have graduated college, this is the only school work I will have in mind. Though I still have a long way to go, and hopefully many friends to make, it is my goal to be more successful this year than the last. I am happy that I rediscovered HOL, though. Especially since I've had the joy of sharing it with my real life friends. In fact, I managed to get three of them to join! One has put it on hold, but my two other friends are just as excited about this new school year as I am, and one of them is even in the same year as me (Parker Ashby and AJ Nole, feel free to say hello to them both. They're really nice people!
)! It's great to be able to share this experience with those around me, and therefore, I can only hope to share this experience with other members of the HOL community, too!
I don't know what my life would be like without HOL. I often joke with my friends that I can't seem to stay away from school, because though I finished one, I am still eager to take classes, do homework, and meet deadlines. But hey, that's just a few of the many joys of HOL, right? Plus, classes would never be as exciting anywhere else.