Let me begin by saying that I am so excited for my first year here at HOL!
I thought long and hard about which classes I would like to take this term, and previewed every single class website in order to make an informed decision. After some deliberation, I chose to avoid year-long classes, for I did not wish to bite more than I could chew. I also made a conscious effort to take classes taught by Professors or Student-Teachers of all different Houses.
1. The following are the classes that I signed up for:
• Auror Training Level One: This is my Gryffindor class. I was immediately drawn to it due to its meticulous structure and organization. As a chronically high achiever, I am also greatly motivated by the fact that it is a heavy training program, taught in three separate levels. Lastly, I am intrigued by the prospect of becoming an elite unit officer within the Department of Magical Law Enforcement of the Ministry of Magic. It must be fascinating to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts!
• Broom Making: This is my Hufflepuff class. Initially, I was not sure if I should take it. My reasoning was that the course is traditionally geared towards sixth and seventh year students, while I am on my very first year. In the end, however, I simply could not resist its syllabus. Brooms are an essential means of magical transportation, yet many of us take them entirely for granted! I am really looking forward to learning more about them and how they are made.
• Famous Witches and Wizards in History: This is my Ravenclaw class. I picked it, first and foremost, because it is taught by Professor Polaris Black. You see, I was very interested in her two other subjects: The History of Witchcraft and Magic in Famous Mysteries. However, they are both full-year courses and, as explained above, I thought it best to avoid that sort of commitment for the time being. Famous Witches and Wizards in History only lasts one term, but it manages to retain a lot of the depth and intricacy that attracted me to the other two courses. Additionally, I believe that, as a witch, it is essential that I learn as much as possible about the great names in the History of Magic.
• Journey of the Hero: This is my Slytherin class. It instantly appealed to the idealist in me with its opening questions: What exactly makes a person a hero? and How do you become a hero? Furthermore, it is evident that the course is extremely well-researched and developed, for Professor Scarlet Leslie-Lewis actually wrote a College-level term paper on the subject. I am especially looking forward to the class project, which is to follow the journey of a hero or heroine of our choice. There are so many different possibilities!
• Dance Academy: Ballet - This is my Active class. I picked it because, as much as I would like to spend the entire semester sitting in the library with my face burred in a book, that is simply not healthy! Besides, all my other subjects are quite content-heavy, and I will likely need an activity to help me clear my mind. Ballet seemed like the perfect choice for me, for it combines movement with music, while also being mentally and physically demanding.
2. My plan of action and advice:
• At the moment, I am extremely motivated. Nevertheless, being the perfectionist that I am, I know that I will need to pace myself in order not to burn out. As such, my plan is to complete a lesson every 5 days. If my calculations are correct, that should allow me to start my award collection at the end of the term, while also preventing me from becoming exhausted through overwork.
• I'll quote Thomas Edison, an exceptional Muggle and one of the world's greatest inventors: "There is no substitute for hard work." Believe in yourself, cultivate a success mindset, overcome procrastination, work hard, do not make excuses and persevere - this is a Ravenclaw's advice to academic success!
3. Favorite subjects at Hogwarts: I imagine that I would enjoy most, if not all subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Out of the core classes, Charms would likely be my favorite, closely followed by Transfiguration and Potions. As for the electives, I would definitely love Ancient Runes. I can see myself signing up for Arithmancy and Divination as well.