Chadron State College campus compared to Hogwarts

I’m going to start by suggesting that if you haven’t read “Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first of seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, you run to the nearest public library, grab a copy off the shelf, and begin reading. If you aren’t really into fantasy (or aren’t into books at all), there is an alternative. Lucky for you, there is a Harry Potter movie for every book, so you won’t miss a beat. This movie should also be available at the public library. Anyway, I digress.

Before I begin explaining where I am going with this, you should be familiar with the layout of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is the school where all of the wizard children of England are sent to become educated in the application, ramifications and history of all things associated with witchcraft. The wizard children are sent to this school by the time they turn eleven years of age. It is like a boarding school in the sense that the children live on campus.

Upon the children’s initial arrival to Hogwarts, they are sat, one-by-one, onto a stool where a hat known as the Sorting Hat is set atop their crowns. It sorts the young wizards into one of four Houses, based on character, because each house is known for housing wizards that possess certain character traits.

The four Houses include Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Bordering Hogwarts there is a forest referred to as the Dark Forest or the Forbidden Forest. The Houses, the Dark Forest, and various other structures are collectively known as Hogwarts.

Now that you have the basics down, we can move onto more complicated matters, or rather, more complicated relationships. There is one relationship in particular that I am interested in pursuing. The idea comes from a group of students housed in CSC’s Edna. These students found a connection between the Houses of Hogwarts, and the residence halls on CSC’s campus.

Members of Hogwarts that are sorted into Ravenclaw are characterized by their wit, learning, and wisdom; just as the especially learning oriented students at CSC often find themselves choosing Edna as their choice dormitory. However, this is not to say that there are not extremely witty and brilliant students in other dorms.

Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members.

This classification fits most closely with the characteristics of High Rise, due to the fact that everything one could need is in High Rise, and there are few reasons other than classes and food to leave. There is a gym in the basement, the C-Store in the lobby, a large computer lab, and more than enough students to socialize with.

Slytherin is traditionally home to students who exhibit traits such as cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition. It is the resourcefulness and cunningness of the residents of Kent Hall that earned them the title of Slytherin.

Kent Hall is notorious for illicit activities, and on the whole, the residents are fairly practiced at finding new ways to do things they know they probably shouldn’t.

The particular characteristics of students sorted into Gryffindor are courage, chivalry and determination. These characteristics seem to be most accurately portrayed by the residents of Andrews Hall. These residents seem to keep mostly to themselves, but they are welcoming and chivalrous none the less.

You may be wondering about Brooks Hall; the fifth of five residence halls on the Chadron State campus. No, I have not forgotten the residents of Brooks Hall, of which I am a member. However, I do regret to inform you that Brooks Hall itself does not possess the characteristics that warrant a comparison to one of the four Houses of Hogwarts.

This is not to say that the residents do not possess good traits, but rather that Brooks Hall has a reputation. It is a reputation that precedes any of the residents, but one that cannot be overlooked. Brooks Hall is commonly avoided, and for good reason. There is really no reason that one would choose to enter Brooks Hall unless he or she lived there, or knew one of the residents.

In this way, Brooks is much like the Dark, Forbidden Forest behind Hogwarts. The young witches and wizard are terrified to cross the threshold into the Forest, and not many of Hogwarts’ students have first-hand knowledge about the creatures that reside in the Forest. It is an unfortunate, but unavoidable, truth that the only option for Brooks Hall is to represent the Dark Forest.

I strongly suggest that you take what you have read here into consideration when it comes time for you to choose your next dorm.

Chadron State lacks a Sorting Hat, but that leaves you free to choose your own fate.

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