Within the world of Habbo; specifically agencies, the prime goal is to usually compete with others to establish and build upon the title of “Best Agency”, “Most Popular”, “Highest Paying” and “Most Active”. However, it would be a ridiculous claim to link these values and ethics to every single agency in Habbo. In fact, I can confidently say that there are plenty of agencies that value better things, things like: “Interrelationships between Agencies”, “Building upon fellowship” and perhaps most importantly “Providing a family”.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing program (VI x HDA) that opened and developed my view towards others around me. But before I start let me ask you a question “How often do you go outside of HDA?”. For many of you, it's probably not that often; maybe apart from scouting, so we often lose sight to what’s important to us as individuals and as a collective. That’s why I want to share with you a particular experience I gained in hopes that we may all remind ourselves of what lies around us.
The “HDA x VI Exchange Program” took place on the 8th of September and ran till the 11th. The purpose of the program was to provide both agencies with an idea of how different agencies functioned. At the same time, it gave individuals that took part in the program a memorable one-off experience and new perspective of life outside of HDA and VI.
After being told that I was selected to be a part of the exchange program, I was overjoyed. I always wanted to visit other agencies and I was looking forward to this one. This was like a dream come true so when the day came, I packed my bags, waved goodbye to my friends and family goodbye and left for VI.
When I arrived at VI, I was privileged to be given the rank of: Chief Of Anarchy (3iC); I was really grateful for this because it shows that there is a lot of trust between us. It isn’t to get such a role without working hard for it and what made it even better was their Director Of Events allowed me to be a part of the Events Team despite being in the program so I can host big events for VI; This further improved my relationship with the DoE: Simmys.
Of course, being in a different agency and environment I had to adapt to their sets of rules and regulations which I did by reading their CofC and Training Scripts (I’m a good boy). It turns out that it wasn’t too different from HDA with the exception of using ATT instead of F&C; this also shows how our agencies are somewhat similar in the way we operate. I should also say, I found their rank system rather interesting because it is based on a “Point System” where after an individual has earnt enough points they can manually change their motto/rank. This is the same for the pay system as you earn 1c for every 1k points earnt.
During my three days being part of VI, I’ve learned so many new techniques that are different from HDA or any other agencies that I’ve worked for. As mentioned, their pay system was really interesting to learn about, how they make their members claim certain points in order to claim their pay and stuff which really shows how unique and innovative every agency can be.
After coming back to HDA from the program, I realised it was more than just experiencing a life at VI. It was about getting to know their members and find out how similar yet different we all are. I personally love making new friends and getting to know other people’s stories/backgrounds and this experience has really helped me achieve that. I also really enjoyed being part of their community, there were numerous occasions where I felt like I was “really” part of their team. I would recommend our own members to explore the option of joining the EA team and perhaps even getting to be a part of other unique programs like this.
I believe the image above really captures my time at VI because it reminded me how important friendship and family is to who you are. Through the “HDA x VI Exchange Program”, I got to learn so many new things and ways to do stuff which I value and have been able to apply into my HDA life. I guess it's good to occasionally ask ourselves what our purpose is at HDA? For the pay? Friends? Culture? Fun?
Whatever it may be, the whole experience has opened my mind to what's beyond HDA where we can still learn and see so much and bring it back to HDA; kinda like a story that we can share and tell. The best part is…. we all have our “Virtual Perspective” and what we hold close to us is completely dependent on us. I hope my short-lived journey as a VI Mod has you to reflect and recapture the values and ethics that you hold close to; because an agency that prides themselves on friendship and family is one that will sustain those who focus on materials.
Lana is a Founder of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational