STUDENT POSITIONS VACANT: Three. (No more than 5 students will be accepted at present. Apply via Private Message or Post an expression of interest). [hr] TO THE WILLING STUDENT: It is important to recognise the value of learning. No matter how old or young, how strong your background or diverse your experience, there is a lifetime of learning available to you. This thread has been designed as a community, and modelled around a school structure, for the purposes facilitating learning. What will you learn here? The art that is Role Playing, the skills and knowledge that might help you to succeed, and those elements that will help to maximise not only your enjoyment, but to allow your experience to be more fulfilling and value added. This school is open to all, for the duration of its existence, though class spaces are limited and enrolment must be conducted via Private Message or a post expressing interest. [hr] Welcome, students. I have no doubt that some of you might consider yourselves wise, or humble, some as self proclaimed teachers and others as eternal students of life. I invite you all to join me in a school quite unlike any other, a class, unfortunately, where enrolment is a challenge, where class spaces are limited. But, where, above and beyond all else, those that graduate are among the finest and skilled in the area of Role Playing, whether it is in character play or game creation and management. I ask you to join this preparatory school, which offers classes for members of each of the areas of these Role Playing Forums, if your desire is to improve your own skills. Most welcome will be those people who possess a true and sincere intention to remain here and dedicate themselves to learning for the purposes of community enrichment, and not simply the advancement of self. Bring to mind your own primary schools and high schools, colleges, and universities. Merge them into one combined institution, and you will take your first step toward gaining some small measure of understanding for the scope and intention of this place for learning. I seek not only those who feel it is their place to be taught, but those, too, who feel that they might be capable and ready to instruct. For this is a place not for students alone, but for teachers, too. It is a place for leaders and followers, for mentors and mentees, for all who desire not simply a chance at attaining greater knowledge, but all that that knowledge, once acquired, might offer them. Should you wish to enrol at this school, or apply for a position in its staff, you need only ask. [hr] There is a single limitation in the opening, management, functioning and operation of this school, and that is that it has only one, for lack of a better word, headmaster or principal. This does not mean that classes will not grow, or that enrolment will not become easier with time, or less restrictive. If anything, it means that there is a strong desire for growth. More information will be revealed with time. For now, I will mention that there will be classes for all aspects of role playing, there will be some classes that offer homework, and some that offer examinations or practical assessments. There will be both teachers and students and both of these will face trials and tests. Report cards may be used with grades, and performance reviews may very well be undertaken. Mentor programs will also be offered. And, that's just the beginning. Referred to as the School of Hard Knocks by some, and as a college of Higher Learning by others, Diamond Institution is an establishment where both students and teachers are held accountable and responsible for their actions and futures. Success, or lack thereof, is within their hands alone.