Kaitlin: 4 things you can learn from Hogwarts to help you succeed at uni
Kaitlin is studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in public relations and marketing, and is USQ's Library Digital Intern. Some of her favourite things are pizza, Shakespeare, the band Ball Park Music and the TV show Friends.
The hallowed halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a magical castle and a learning institution like no other, with moving staircases, secret passages, enchanted books and classes devoted to mastering potions and spells. It is where Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley became friends, learned the skills they needed to fight the Dark Arts and triumphed over Voldemort and his army.
Harry Potter’s story has touched the hearts and minds of people around the globe, and it has many lessons that can help us Muggles tackle life in the real world. Here are 4 things you can learn from Hogwarts to help you succeed at university.
1. Community is vital
Hogwarts had a great sense of community. Whether Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, the students of this magical school lived together, learned together and banded together in times of struggle.
Harry found his strength from the people around him and at University you need to do the same. Your friends and fellow students are all going through a similar journey so don’t be afraid to talk to them if you’re feeling stressed. USQ also offers health, counselling and wellbeing services.
2. Listen to your advisors
Dumbledore mentored Harry into the strong, confident wizard that led the fight against Voldemort. He always seemed to know what was going on and it was his wisdom that guided Harry through many difficult times.
Your lecturers may not dabble in magic but they do have your best interests at heart. If you listen to them and trust their advice, your grades will thank you for it.
3. When in doubt…Go to the Library
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
At Hogwarts, the library was the centre of knowledge. Whether it was information about magical creatures, potions or spells they had to find, the library was the place to go.
If you’re struggling with a tricky research assignment, go to the Library. At USQ, you don’t even need an invisible cloak to sneak into the restricted section to access the best information. There are thousands of resources available to you on-campus and online via the Library website.
4. Be courageous
Harry had to be brave so often throughout his time at Hogwarts. Like when he ventured into the Forbidden Forest to find a giant spider, competed in the Triwizard Tournament or faced the Dark Lord himself.
University might not be filled with danger but it does require you to put yourself out of your comfort zone. Great things can come from facing your fears and challenging yourself by embracing situations where you may feel uncomfortable or scared. Got a presentation coming up? Take a little bit of Harry Potter’s courage with you when you stand up in front of the crowd.
The magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry may seem like nothing more than fantasy, but next time you’re faced with a difficult situation, remember the lessons you learned there. After all, sometimes we all need a little magic.