May Oo Khine
10 Minutes at One of the Highest Points on Campus
Hello, beautiful people!
Did you know that Dartmouth is one of the oldest colleges in the United States? Fun fact — it is among the nine institutes of higher education recognized before the American Revolution. That makes Dartmouth 250 years old! Among several sites on campus showcasing Dartmouth's rich history, the Baker Library Bell Tower stands tall and proud.
Don't worry, though. Dartmouth takes all the steps to make sure we are all safe and sound from the 10-foot flames.
Listening to our tour guide at the foot of the stairs that would take us to the top, I marveled at the hands of the clock that have been ticking for the last two centuries. Looking up at the high ceilings, I'm humbled by how I am such a small part in this world. And yet, I feel like I can do anything as I take the stairs that so many have climbed before me and so many others will in years to come.
Once I reach the top, I am greeted by a fresh breeze that reminds me that fall is well underway. I look out over the small balcony: across the green, the great trees in shades of orange and yellow, the North Main Street that runs through Hanover, and then towards the gentle slopes in the horizon. On the green, there is an orderly stack of wooden beams — in less than 24 hours, they would be lit for the bonfire.