A letter from Carroll E. Valentine
to Gould Academy’s principal, Professor Frank E. Hanscom
24 School Street, Hanover, N.H.
I am glad of the
opportunity to give to Gould’s undergraduates a few of my impression of Dartmouth College.
The town of Hanover, in which the
College is situated, lies on the banks of the Connecticut
River, backed by beautiful wooded hills. A better location
would be difficult to find.
proper and the college buildings stand on a hill. The streets of the village
are lined with fine old shade trees. The large campus, surrounded by tall elm
trees, lies close beside the main street. The dormitories and halls are
situated further back. In these dormitories, of which there are seventeen,
rooms are found for the majority of Dartmouth’s twelve hundred
students. The halls are large and beautiful buildings of brick and stone. They
afford recitation and lecture rooms of ample size. The members of the faculty
and college organizations have office in these buildings.
College life at Dartmouth is full of
interesting work. The system of studies is well arranged, and is planned to
give each student opportunity for the best work. Athletics have their due share
of attention, but scholarship is the first aim of the college. Dartmouth endeavors to
develop all-round men,-men who will be leaders in their respective professions
or lines of business.
The moral welfare
of the students at Dartmouth is well provided
for. Chapel exercises are held every week-day morning and on Sunday afternoon.
The college church has a Student Membership Department, in which a student of
any church denomination may be enrolled without severing his connection to his
home church. The Dartmouth Christian Association stands for the best things in
college life. It not only promotes the religious welfare of its members, but it
also endeavors to bring the new men into social life of the right kind.
class is carefully cared for, as the baby of the Dartmouth family. A member
of the faculty is appointed as class officer. He stands ready to personally
advise or direct the class and to become acquainted with each of its members.
Each member of the freshman class is also assigned to some member of the
faculty, to whom he may go for advice and guidance at any time.
town offers many attractions which do not tend to intellectual or spiritual
uplift. The fellow who sees them, and allows himself
to be drawn away from his work is not likely to make the best of his college
life. College work is no trifling matter, and one needs to know in advance what
real study means and to have sufficient stability of character to stick to it.
I believe, from experience, that Gould’s Academy will give him this knowledge
and training, amid the best surroundings and under the best possible influence.
Valentine, G .A. ‘13
This letter was
provided by Michael Stowell, GA 1958. Flagler