by Suzanne L. Beenackers
“Broaden your minds, my dears, and allow your eyes to see past the mundane!”
— Sybill Trelawney to a Divination class
It started weeks before you received your schedule and books or saw your classmates again, when the department store cleared out a whole floor and stacked it with school stationary. September was a reason to buy a new diary, binders and paper. MTV was playing Dire Straits, UB40 or Phil Collins from five different corners of the School Campus, as the floor was redubbed. More reason for headache – they had turned off the lights and hammered the customers down with stroboscopic lighting instead. Yet the start of the new school year held more magic than Christmas, birthday and Sinterklaas altogether.
The start of the new year was a time when you realized you were going to learn and grow, and that around Christmas you would get your first report card with grades. And there would be those horrible classes. I say “classes” but it could say “teachers” or “fellow students”. Every school has a Malfoy or Dolores Umbridge and every student has to waste time in Divination. Which is, as we know, such an inaccurate branch of magic.
It’s September, the start of your first trimester. How will you spend it, what will you learn? What courses are you going to take? What schedule are you going to give yourself? Create a schedule where you can grow. Take on assignments that will challenge you. Raise the bar. Learn. Lose. Win. Fail. And get back up again.
Buy a mat, diary or wand. Sign up for a course, write a book, organize an event. Set up your desk with pen and paper and dust your books off and set time aside to study them.
The last four months of the year are ahead of you.
How much are you going to grow?
“Tell me one last thing”, said Harry. ”Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
— Albus Dumbledore
Yoga Schedules for Harry Potter and other serious students:
I Chakra Yoga Morning (will get you all geared up for Transfiguration and Arithmancy)
II Chakra Yoga Night (provides relaxation for eyes after orb staring)
III The Daily Six (great after heavy duty broom flying and other work-outs)