Hey! I've joined up because I'm expecting to be asking a lot of questions over the next few months, heh.
My name's Connagh, I'm 18 and I'm a student in the UK. I've always had an interest in Buddhism but always felt disillusioned towards it, having grown up with parents and family heavily into "contemporary zen" and crystal healing and the like, which has always seemed very hokey to me (no offence intended to those who may or may not draw enjoyment and comfort from these things).
However, I recently had a copy of Hesse's Siddhartha
passed on to me by my college tutor, and it rekindled something inside me, showed me that there was substance to be found within real Buddhism. After a lot of reading and a little meditation, I've decided to follow this path and see where in leads. I have a Buddhist centre near me, planning on attending for meditation practice tomorrow.
I've still not decided on a school of Buddhism, still need to find a decent resource so I can learn about each one.
Theravada currently seems a likely choice but I need to make a more informed decision.