~ Help Me Go to Book Conservation School by Isana Ana Leah Skeete


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.

“I will pray for you, Alina Starkov.”

(Source: malacarmina)


going to barnes & noble always gets my blood pumpin and reminds me im alive


- Cassandra clare, city of heavenly fire.


- Cassandra clare, city of heavenly fire.