Gail AllenCommunity ServiceHow active are you in HOL?
am incredibly active in HOL. I love talking on the forums and most days I check several times to see if something new has happened. I also participate in as many activities as I can manage; I try to at least make sure I participate in all the major HOL-wide events, such as the 525th Deathday Party, the Hogsmeade Literary Festival, and obviously Mx HOL. Before that I helped organize the Off to School activity, and currently I am one of the organisers of Secret Elf.
I make sure to stay active in my classes too of course. I am enrolled in five classes, and I plan to pass all of them, hopefully with full points or near full points. I take pride in doing things well and would hate to settle for something of lower quality than I knew I could deliver.
Other than that, I love spending time in the HOL chat rooms, and most days you will be able to find me there.How are you currently helping your House succeed?
As a Reserve Prefect I take on some House internal responsibilities, such as moderating forums and creating interesting topics for people to respond to. I also write a yearly newsletter to let everyone know what is going on around HOL, and I help create activities for the Roost. Right now I am running the Save Christmas event in Ravenclaw. Hopefully people will enjoy participating in it, as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I also have gotten the chance to be an editor for Alte Sententiam, the Ravenclaw newspaper, which I love because it allows me to help put together a newspaper I think Ravenclaw can be proud of.
As mentioned above, I also make sure to stay active in my classes and earn points for Ravenclaw where I can. Last year that won me the place as top point earner in all of Ravenclaw, which I am very proud of. Hopefully this year I will be able to earn even more points now that I am teaching as well as assisting classes.Outside of your House, what have you done, and/or are currently doing to help HOL succeed?
As mentioned above, I serve as class assistant to three classes, and teach two myself. I love the variety of classes offered and I want to support that. Offering classes of my own as well as making it easier for a Professor to teach more classes is an excellent way of ensuring that the variety on offer remains great.
I also have a seat in the Class Committee, which is the committee that makes sure that classes are active and up to date, as well as stepping in to finalize classes where the professor has disappeared. So far I've not had to help out with that side, since all classes have run smoothly since I joined, but should it come some day, I will be ready to step in and help make sure that all homework that has been sent in is graded and points awarded.
Most importantly though I try to be helpful and volunteer my help with any odd jobs people need help with. It might not be something great or even measurable, but I find it to be one of the things I am most proud of doing for HOL.What are your plans to help both your House and HOL in the future?
I plan to create another class, that I will probably apply to teach next fall term, because I don't think I can finish it to my satisfaction, in time for the spring term. I don't like doing things half, so I would rather wait until I can be sure I can do it properly. I also plan to help run an activity in the new year, but I won't say more about that yet: it would spoil the surprise
Other than that I simply plan on continuing to do the things I already do and work towards hopefully being promoted to Prefect some day.What is one way you think HOL could improve?
I think one of the most beautiful things on HOL is the community and friendships between its members across house lines. It is something I think HOL does even better than what the Harry Potter books depicted. That doesn't mean we cannot still improve however. I would like to see even more unity, and understanding and compassion for our differences. This is one of the things no community should ever stop working on, no matter how good they already are. It is simply too important, and we can always do better.Are there parts of HOL that you have no interest in? Why?
I've been trying very hard to find an area I had no interest in, and I've failed at finding one. I think the reason why is because I am curious by nature, so finding just about anything uninteresting is a rather foreign feeling to me.Website
I had so much fun creating this page. Everything you see is created by me from scratch. I created all the graphics - including background images, and the coding for the page itself. The page consists of a main table that creates a structure for everything else to sit in. Some of the images on the background extend over more than one cell in this grid and had to be very precisely cut and measured to come together exactly right without any gaps or uneven connections. This is true for the butterflies for instance; there is a cut down through the top butterflies where two images lie next to each other precisely enough to create the illusion that it's one image.
To make it that accurate, I had to edit the heights and widths in HTML to make sure everything lined up exactly, which means that most of the page was written out in HTML. Luckily I have a program that allows me to see the changes I write in HTML in real time.
The links all open in a central iframe, and all text colours and sizes are governed by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).http://mxhol.gailallen.dx.am/index.html