A letter from Carroll E. Valentine to Gould Academy’s principal, Professor Frank E. Hanscom

 

                                                       24 School Street, Hanover, N.H.

                                                          Dec. 1, 1913

 

Dear Professor Hanscom:-

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.

The village 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.

The freshman 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.

Every college 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.

 

                                      Very cordially yours,

                             Carroll E. Valentine, G .A. ‘13

 

This letter was provided by Michael Stowell, GA 1958. Flagler Beach, Florida