Every college has its own personality, reputation, and values - much like the noble houses of old. And just like being born into a House, once you choose a college, you become oddly protective of it. Even if you hate it, you’ll always prefer it deep down to other colleges.
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV - and rightly so - so being the massive nerd I am, I got to thinking: if colleges were Game of Thrones Houses, which would they be?
McGill - House Targaryean
Yeah, yeah, McGill students, go ahead and be proud of yourselves. Like Targaryeans, your House is known all over the world for its excellence. People are impressed - and dare I say intimidated - by your name, and your House has been known to crank out people who go on to change the world.
But your legacy isn’t perfect. In the past few years your power and reputation has been in decline, sustained by your long history of greatness. And like the Targaryeans, who have turned out the occasional Mad King, you’re known to have some volatile members as well. (Cough - protesters - cough.)
Dawson - House Baratheon
You are a House of movers and shakers. You’re passionate about what you believe in, and are willing to fight for what’s right - even if it means fighting amongst yourselves. While you’ve been around for a long time, you’re now starting to come into your own.
Despite some bumps along the way, and challenges continuing to present themselves, you are tenacious, smart, and resilient. I wouldn’t want to get in your way!
Université de Montréal - House Stark
You are a House who doesn’t go looking to start fights, but always seems to be caught up trying to finish them. You value your traditions and your House takes great pride in its cultural identity.
In the same way that the Starks once had a portion of their own branch off into a new House - the Carstarks - you too have expanded with [insert engineering school here] and Polytechnique. You have been around for a very long time and the community would not be the same without you.
John Abbott - House Greyjoy
You guys have your own way of doing things. You’re georgraphically isolated from the other Houses, and that’s how you like it. You’re perhaps misunderstood by the other Houses, but that doesn’t bother you - you have enough House pride to shrug off any jokes or questions.
Your and your clansmen have solidarity, and an unspoken knowledge that you’re in this together, so you may as well enjoy it. Your traditions are unusual - some might say bizarre - but they make sense to you. And if you could change Houses, you wouldn’t.
Marianopolis - House Lannister
You are a powerful bunch. Those in your House are burdened with very high expectations and bolstered by each other’s successes. Others know that you are not a House to be trifled with, and can expect you to pay your debts.
But beware! As other Houses rise in status and popularity, yours may decline. Keeps your wits about you, and remember that your predecessors’ achievement mean very little if you don’t add to them with your own.
Vanier - House Tully
You are a noble House, less interested in power or reputation than in maintaining a peaceful coexistence and cultivating your skills. That’s not to say you have a bad reputation - what things people do know about you are all great.
And yet despite your central geographic location, you manage to keep out of limelight. You let other Houses deal with the drama of the moment while you remain quietly dedicated to what’s important to you - a full education in any given field. Your focus is steadfast and your people are, for the most part, lovely.
Concordia - House Tyrell
You’ve really been coming into your own in the past few years. Your House may have been in the peripheral for a while, but it’s now clear that you’re taking your rightful place near the top of the heap.
You’re smart, you’re adaptable, and you’re loyal to own without being douchebags about it. Your ambition stuns people and those in the surrounding community seem to like your presence. Whatever you’re doing, keep it up, but be wary of possible trouble ahead; the higher the House, the easier the target.