Wednesday, April 18, 2012

more collected thoughts re: sorting

In which I apply entirely too much meaning to simple personality quizzes (again).

I'm still coming to terms with the fact that I am a Hufflepuff. It's kind of hard. Today, my friend and I were talking about Hufflepuffs and someone said, "Isn't that where all the losers go?" I was like, "Thanks," and she was like, "But Kendall, why aren't you in Ravenclaw?" Apparently, despite my mediocre grades, I have somehow been attached the persona of a smart, studious child. It might just be left over from my middle school days, when such a description was more accurate, but it's still strange for me to be referred to as such when my reality is quite different.

I still identify with aspects of Ravenclaw and Slytherin, but I'm starting to consider myself in a new way, as a Hufflepuff. For instance, Hufflepuffs are trustworthy and loyal. This is definitely true of me. I am good at keeping secrets because I have to be; I keep all of my own. I am also quite loyal to the things and people I love; I hate to see them insulted; and it's hard for me to let go of them.

Another important trait is modesty. All the other houses have something they're good at, something they're proud of, but we don't show off as much. I've always been modest; I joke that the only thing I brag about is how I never brag, and even that makes me uncomfortable. Sometimes I feel as though I'm not truly humble; it's just that I have nothing of which to be proud. Maybe that's the same thing. Regardless of whether this is true, I definitely relate to this aspect.

Finally, Hufflepuffs are known for being kind. I don't think I'm always the kindest person, but I would definitely like to be, and as the sorting test is purely hypothetical, maybe that translated? Anyway, I'm not always nice but I am caring. I care a lot but I struggle to show it. I love the world a great deal, and I believe there is some good in everything. No matter how despairing I am at one moment, I will never stop believing that. I hesitate to call myself an optimist, because there are times when I let that philosophy get clouded by my own worries and troubles, but I would say that for the most part, I try to let that branch of thought guide me. It certainly seems better than the alternative. Also, Hufflepuffs are just and accepting. We don't discriminate. Check, check, check.

I would rather be a good person than a great person, and I would rather make a few people happy than be famous for something I have done. It doesn't mean I lack intellect or ambition; it just means that I choose to focus my energy on other things, on what I feel is more important. Other people may care about grades or money or whatever, but I find the true meaning of success elsewhere. That seems to me a very Hufflepuff-ish trait.

So, these are just some of the merits of my new house. It's a strange transition, but after much analysis, an understandable one.

Badgers for the win. 

If you've been sorted, what house are you in?


  1. Kendall, if it's any consolation, my math teacher named each of her math classes after the Harry Potter houses, and my class is the "Hufflepuff" class. She calls us badgers on a regular basis!

  2. I laughed out loud at that last post, I'm not gonna lie. PB is a Hufflepuff and the fact is there is nothing wrong with that, I think Hufflepuffs tend to be the world's favorite people as far as characteristics go. I was a beta tester so I got sorted many months ago as what I always knew I was, the classic Gryffindor. My best friend though just got sorted and everyone just knew she was a Slytherin and she ended up as a Gryffindor! A total shock, she was disappointed as well.

  3. I got in Beta, and I'm a Hufflepuff. Just saying, I do think it's rigged. So don't take it personally. ;)

  4. "Other people may care about grades or money or whatever, but I find the true meaning of success elsewhere." Yes, yes, and yes! This is perfect Kendall! :)

  5. Gryffindor! I've definitely got the pride thing going for me. You have nothing to defend, as a Hufflepuff. They're fantastic.


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