How Wizard101 Helped Me Get Back on My Feet
During the holidays, we’re running a contest through our “12 Days of the Spiral“. The question is – what has Wizard101 or Pirate101 meant to you and/or your family in the past year? Here is our twelfth winner! Read how Wizard101 helped this young Wizard begin to excel in school.
Ever since I created my account, Wizard101 has given me something to look forward to every day this past year. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been really struggling at school. It’s hard for me to concentrate on my books for long, besides the fact that English is not my first language. It hasn’t been easy to keep my grades up to my parents’ standards, and sometimes I just wanted to give up trying. I felt like I didn’t have something to live for, something that I could look forward to and enjoy. Yeah, I’ve always been a fan of computer games, but most of the free online games I played were dull and boring. Until my friend told me about Wizard101.
From the start, I thought this game might be more fun than the other ones I’d played. It looked exciting and those Ninja Pigs in the tutorial had me laughing straightaway. I played for a while, and I felt a little better afterwards. I found I was really enjoying it.
When I asked my mother, she told me I could play every day if I wanted to. I only had to finish all my homework and I could go right on the computer. I was happy, and started anticipating making all those amazing spells every day. After a few months, my parents and I were astonished when we looked at my grades. It was like I had made a complete U-turn; from getting C’s at best, to B’s and even A’s! While before I couldn’t concentrate for more than half an hour, now I was zipping through my homework and actually understanding it! My parents found it hard to believe that Wizard101 had played a large role in this, but I definitely believe it had. I mean, before I got my account, I honestly didn’t see the point in studying any of my subjects, and I had stopped trying to do my best. Every morning it was the same old routine, and I was sick of it.
Wizard101 definitely changed all that. What’s more fun than exploring bright new worlds, growing as a magician’s apprentice and learning new spells? Even when it was raining or snowing outside, I could still enjoy the game. And it was never the same old thing anymore, but every day was different and better than the last.
Wizard101 also helped me learn the value of setting priorities and saving money. I used to go the store and just spend my money on anything that caught my eye. But after I started playing the game, I decided I would save up for the locked zones, even finding ways to make more money.
This was a new interest that I had found. Because of Wizard101, I learned to organize my life so I would be happy and have time and money to spend on something I really cared about.
Right now, I feel happier than I’ve ever been before. I’m also looking forward to each new day and the things I’m planning to get. Thank you, KingsIsle, for helping me get back on my feet!
Level 25 Fire Wizard