*Spoiler alert: If you have not read or watched any of the Harry Potter series, don’t read the first paragraph below:
If you are a big Harry Potter fan like me, then you’ll realize besides the fact that Harry managed to defeat the basilisk, saved his friends countless times and come back from the dead, he is just like any other regular Muggle student – stressed over exams, dealing with annoying teachers and trying to navigate the dating scene.
From the Sorcerer’s Stone to the Deathly Hallows, Harry and his crew endured and survived a variety of situations us Muggle college students can relate to. Whether you just started your freshman year or are closer to graduating, here are eight Harry Potter quotes (and my tips) that will help you get through your undergraduate years:
When you embark on your new journey that is college:
Oh sweet freedom. You’re finally leaving the nest and venturing on your own. Remember with great freedom comes great responsibility. Adulting not only means making your own decisions but holding yourself accountable and being held responsible for your own actions. So feel like partying all night? Totally cool – totally cooler if you manage to wake up and make it to class on time.
When you are struggling to figure out what you should major in:
You might be having an internal battle with yourself because as much as you want to major in “insert here” you also have a preconception that you have to major in something completely different in order to have a well-paying job in the future, to appease your parents or because it is an easy “A.” When it comes down to studying something for the next four years, it is important you’re the one making the final decisions on what is right for you. It is too easy to give in and do what your parents and society expects of you. What’s hard, and worth while, is following your dreams despite what others may think and how bumpy that road might be.
When your parents call to check in, asking how you are doing, and you think to yourself:
Enough said. We’ve all been there – doing something mom and dad probably won’t approve of. If you want to avoid a possible awkward conversation, then be smart enough to not get caught (e.g., avoid posting your drunken photos on Facebook and Instagram for grandma to see).
When choosing your friends:
You’re going to meet a lot of people in college, in and outside the lecture hall, and some might end of being the best friends you’ll ever have. With that being said, choose your friends wisely and surround yourself with people who will bring you up, not bring you down.
When you’re tempted to take an “easy” course:
It’s a given that we want to pass class with flying colors and ideally an A+ but when it comes to choosing your courses, don’t be deterred from taking a course that some students have said to be “too hard.” Everyone learns differently so what might be difficult or boring for someone else might be the opposite for you. When you encounter challenge, you’ll only grow from it. (Worst case scenario, if the course you signed up for really is not for you, remember you will have a grace period for dropping the course).
When things just don’t go your way:
Maybe you didn’t land that dream internship. Perhaps you bombed your mid-term exam. Or you’ve tried out for the winter play and didn’t land a part (I tried out for the Vagina Monologues twice and never got a call back). It is an awful feeling when you fail at something that matters most to you. The hard truth is we all fail but failing does not equate to “final.” The question to ask yourself instead of dwelling on an event that has already happened is what is the next step? What can you control? You’ve learned what not to do, so you can try again for a chance to succeed this time around. Or maybe you realize failing at this one opportunity simply opens another for you to explore. Live and learn.
When your professor poses a question to your class and you’re low-key afraid to answer the question:
If it isn’t obvious by now, you’re going to college to learn. Time and time again, your professors will ask you questions that will require you think outside the box, to approach the topic from a different perspective and to defend your claims and arguments. Whenever you feel afraid to answer a question because you think you don’t know the answer, give it a shot anyway. You might even be correct. You have nothing to lose – you’ll just acquire more knowledge.
When graduation is approaching and you are unsure of the next step in life:
It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out. Completing college is one large success that you should be proud of. Your 20s is your time to enjoy. Be happy and do what you want to do – Travel. Explore. Fall in love. Make mistakes. Life has a funny way of working itself out – everything will naturally, as if almost magically, fall into place.
What is your favorite Harry Potter quote that hits home for you? Let me know below!