I spent most of last week working on a video we have to make for our writing class. We’re supposed to analyse an aspect of Dartmouth’s history and present an argument related to that aspect. The entire process has required a large amount of time and hard work, however while doing this project I came across two of Dartmouth’s hidden treasures, Rauner Library and Jones Media Centre.
Rauner Library is undoubtedly the most special library at Dartmouth. It is home to Dartmouth Archives dating back to the year of its existence, more than 100,000 volumes of extremely rare books (many of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world), manuscripts dating back to the twentieth century BC cuneiform tablets, and a large amount of other cool stuff. Examples of items include a collection of The Dartmouth‘s (Dartmouth’s official Newspaper’s) publications dating back to 1799, Robert Frost’s original journal where he has edited many of his published poems (it shows how he would have edited them after they were published), and much more. You can find pictures, audio recordings, official documents, etc from any event in Dartmouth you could ever think of. You could simply go to the Librarian’s desk and ask them “Can I see something cool?” and within 5 minutes you will be seeing stuff that will blow your mind away. In addition to all of that, Rauner is a beautiful, nice and quiet place to study.
Jones Media Centre is conveniently located on the second floor of Berry Library (One of the main Libraries at Dartmouth). Not only is this place a media or visual arts fan’s paradise, but it also has something for everybody. Jones is simply one example of the numerous opportunities and services available to all Dartmouth students whenever they want. At Jones you can borrow video cameras, edit any kind of video or movie (no matter how professional), practice animation, or simply check yourself out on one of the computers with a funky camera. All you have to do is go to the front desk and ask.
It’s places like Rauner, Jones, and literally numerous others that make Dartmouth so magnificent and special. I still can’t wrap my head around the opportunities we undergraduates get at Dartmouth. No matter what you want to do, there will always be resources available for you. In other words, you can take the first steps to fulfilling your dreams at this cozy little college called Dartmouth.