The Stephens College Programs As 'Harry Potter' Houses

The Stephens College Programs As 'Harry Potter' Houses

Welcome! Welcome to another year at a sprawling, haunted, castle-like school, with a fascinating history, a quirky headmistress and an endless parade of unique creatures roaming around campus.

Although we produce more art and essays than Patronuses and potions, Fresh Ideas will never come anywhere near feasts in the Great Hall and I’ve yet to see someone keep an owl as a pet, the similarities between Hogwarts and Stephens can be undeniable. These parallels are particularly noticeable when exploring the similarities between the four houses -- I mean schools -- that make up the student body at Stephens College. Whether you’re studying in the Performing Arts, School of Design, Health Sciences or Interdisciplinary Studies, there is a Hogwarts house that offers a perfect counterpart to your program.

School of Performing Arts:

Anyone pursing a degree in Performing arts probably has nerves of steel. The School of Performing Arts requires students to not only perform seemingly impossible routines in front of massive crowds but also to accept the ambiguity that comes with choosing to pursue a career in acting, choreography, dance, music, theater management, singing, set design and technical theatre. This unabashed bravery when it comes to pursuing what they love, marks students in the School of Performing Arts as clear lions.

Those enrolled in the school are among the most vocal and opinionated at Stephens. They have a tendency not to back down when it comes to their beliefs. The tremendous amounts of time Performing Arts students spend together at Boji allow those in the program to become as tight knit as everyone in the Gryffindor common room.

Like Gryffindor, The School of Performing arts has emerged as one of the major leaders on campus. As the 11th best theater program in the United States, according to Princeton Review, The School of Performing Arts sticks out as clearly as Gryffindor throughout the Stephens Campus.

School of Design:

The School of Design is without a doubt the easiest school to sort. Although the programs require tremendous amounts of creativity, the School of Design is the most achievement oriented department at Stephens. Even the word choice used throughout the Stephens course catalogue reflects this level of ambition. The School of Design’s sections of the 2015-2016 curriculum catalogue refers to preparing students for future success a total of 12 times, more than all of the other schools combined.

Out of the programs offered at Stephens, the majors taught in The School of Design are among most easily applicable to the real world. Nevertheless, the fashion industry is notoriously ruthless and thereby has a tendency to attract only the most ambitious, determined students. Additionally, the school is helping students on their way to greatness by grading students on their presentation skills and professional presence.

All majors within the design department are required to complete at least one internship throughout their time at Stephens in order to graduate, but students are urged to complete more than one. Although majors outside The School of Design require students to obtain one internship, the department’s insistence that all students, in any of the school’s majors complete at least one internship further proves The School of Design place in Slytherin.

Professors within the School of Design also have a tendency to overload students in massive assignments, requiring them to consistently develop and make use of their cunning and resourcefulness to meet these seemingly impossible deadlines.

Much like the school’s literary counterpart, the culmination of determination, cleverness and ambition has allowed the program to come to the forefront and claim the title of the 13th best fashion program in the world, according to Business of Fashion. This praise can cause some of program to believe that they work harder than any other program, and can lead to levels of contempt for some of the seemingly less intensive courses of study. Plus, design student’s knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud would allow them to create some cleverly designed buttons to throw shade.

School of Health Sciences:

At first glance, those enrolled in The School of Health Sciences look like obvious Ravenclaws. Their curriculum is undeniably challenging and grades are largely dictated by challenging exams. Classes are notoriously competitive and many of those enrolled go on to study their chosen specialty in graduate school. However, once we step back from the house’s stereotypes it becomes impossible to avoid a few major disparities between Ravenclaw and The School of Health Sciences.

Unlike Ravenclaws, the meticulous nature of the Health Sciences prevents students from being too creative and innovative in the classroom. When life and death hang in the balance, the best Physicians Assistants and Veterinarians will not be the most inventive but rather the most reliable. Many of the more free-spirited Ravenclaws would be stifled in the precise and rigorous careers that await health science students following their graduation. Instead, The School of Health Sciences is best reflected in the house of Hufflepuff.

Health science students embody each of the attributes associated with Hufflepuff, from their trustworthiness, and loyalty to their kindness, sense of justice and dedication, as each of these traits are required for success both in the classroom and in their future careers. Like Hufflepuff, Health Science students are undeniably hard workers. They toil away understanding the intricacies of biology, memorizing facts and working to understand the workings of the body.

Much like the badger, health science students are also prototypical caregivers, as their entire future careers are dedicated to helping the sick, injured or weak.

School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

Out of Stephens’ four schools, Interdisciplinary Studies is possibly the most challenging to sort. The school offers the most diverse assortment of majors, including everything from Creative Writing and Education to Digital Filmmaking and Psychology. Given Hufflepuff’s reputation for being the most inclusive house, Interdisciplinary Studies seems like it would be full of Badgers. Upon further investigation, however, it becomes clear that the school is a different beast entirely. Despite the dramatic discrepancies between programs, one distinctive trait sticks out to unify each of the majors: Creativity.

Perhaps no Hogwarts house is as closely tied to creativity as Ravenclaw. While achievement in the School of Health Sciences is highly reliant on hard work, creative thinking differentiates success from failure throughout Interdisciplinary Studies. The school’s diverse curriculum also serves to validate its ties to Ravenclaw. Much like its Hogwarts counterpart, those enrolled in the school are entirely devoted to their subject of interest and can be decidedly quirky- looking at you Creative Writing majors.

Each of the traits Ravenclaw’s value are paralleled by a handful of programs under the Interdisciplinary umbrella. The emphases on intelligence, acceptance and wisdom perfectly match Education, Human Development, Forensic Studies and Psychology, while wit, individuality and originality are perfectly suited for Creative Writing, Digital Filmmaking and English.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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