I’ve talked about this some on my book blog, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet. I’m officially back in school this semester, starting work on a master’s degree in library science and working part-time in a library. I’m super excited and loving every bit of it so far!
About two years ago, I wrote about my Hogwarts house on this blog. [link]. I said that I’m primarily a Ravenclaw, with some Hufflepuff tendencies. I would still very much agree with that, and after going back and reading it, I’m kind of astonished that I knew myself so well but at the same time had no idea where my life or career was going to go. Because really, in hindsight, becoming a librarian seems like the obvious choice.
Back then, I said that I was “a Hufflepuff on the surface and a Ravenclaw deep down” – someone who cares about other people, values fairness and equality, tries to get along with or at least tolerate everyone, works hard even when I’m not enthusiastic about what I’m doing – but ultimately, I’m a lifelong learner who values knowledge and understanding first and foremost.
If Hogwarts houses are based on what you value most, the passion that drives you in life, then I absolutely am a Ravenclaw. I am constantly curious, constantly questioning and looking for answers. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be done learning, because there will always be something I don’t know and want to. When I have a passion for something, whether it’s Harry Potter or a foreign language or a time in history or whatever, I want to learn absolutely everything about it. I devour books, fiction or nonfiction, classics or new releases, anything and everything that intrigues me enough to want to pick it up.
At the time when I wrote that post, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, and I talked about how both my Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw tendencies drew me to that and made it a good fit. The interesting thing is, the same is true of being a librarian. As a Ravenclaw with strong Hufflepuff tendencies, I feel sure I’ll be happy in a field where helping people and managing large amounts of information are both big parts of the job. I still believe that education is my calling, but not in a classroom setting. Libraries are places of learning, too.