I am a 22 year-old recent Dartmouth College graduate. Until a year and a half ago, my plan was to finish my pre-med courses and enter medical school and I was adamant about sticking to the goal that was my dream since I was a small child. However, every time I repaired a book at my on-campus job in the library, I felt a genuine happiness without stress that I had never experienced with any type of work. I was attracted to the unique blend of decision-making and hands-on skills required and I was excited by the opportunity conservation provides for me to return damaged rare books to the library for use by library patrons, especially scholars who require these materials to better interpret history. Despite the meager salary prospects and the protests of my family, I chose to commit myself to becoming a book conservator.
Unfortunately, there are no chances for me to pursue schooling in the conservation of books in the US, but I have thankfully been accepted to the University of Arts London Camberwell for their MA in Conservation. I have worked toward this moment through my college job and internships in Miami and Germany, for which I was able to receive funding from my college, so that I could gain the experience necessary for me to be accepted into such a wonderful program as that in London. I have also been able to secure the Reynolds Scholarship from Dartmouth College to help pay for my further education and I am grateful for that.
Despite this luck, I still need to provide the $3,500 deposit to the school. Sadly, this deposit is due before I am able to receive the money from my scholarship. This is why I am asking now for help in making this initial step in fulfilling my dream of being a book conservator. Anything you can give would be immensely appreciated. Please help me realize this dream!
This is so weird asking people like this but I’d really appreciate it. I’m so excited to have an opportunity like this and I don’t want this deposit to be the reason I cannot get my MA. I would really appreciate it if you could reblog even if you are unable to give anything.
If I was famous I would follow a bunch of my fans on twitter and reply to their random tweets or send them a stupid selfie if they were having a bad day man I’d be the best celebrity ever people make me famous
The Student Room have an excellent table of the current (as of August 2013*). As per usual always check with the universities you are interested in. Always. You only get to apply to 4 medical schools in a UCAS cycle. Don’t be the person who wasted a precious place on their application because they didn’t bother to check whether that university accepts students with their choice of A levels.
“And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.”—"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)