To be entirely honest, about half the reason I picked Elmhurst is because of how close it is to Chicago, one of my favorite cities ever. And I have definitely taken advantage of that proximity.
I took the Honors section of The Great Libraries of Chicago in J-Term and it has led to one of the best experiences of my life, my internship. Our last assignment was to go to a library on our own and make a presentation to the class, and I went to the German cultural center, the D.A.N.K Haus and their library, the Koegel Bibliothek. I walked in the door and my now supervisor asked me if I was interested in an internship. At first I laughed, but then I walked into the library. As corny as it sounds, instantly I knew it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever stepped foot in. I don’t think I can really describe how much I love that library.
Not long after visiting, I knew I wanted to go back. I emailed my now-supervisor and, with the help of the NiebuhrCenter and the head of the English department, Dr. Ann Frank Wake, I soon found myself back at the D.A.N.K Haus, taking the internship as a half credit. My job there is mainly to catalog and sort the books into boxes to be moved into the new room so they can use the space the library is currently in to make another exhibit. I see so many interesting books and, with my limited German comprehension, I can understand some of what the books are about (and the photos and illustrations help too).
So every Tuesday and Thursday I am off-campus and I really couldn’t be happier.