There’s How to Write a Novel typically taught by Ben Anastas.
Also students can choose to work on a novel as their advanced work.
Really though, any lit class you take will teach you how to write and edit (arguably the most important parts of creating a novel).
And any other class you take will give you something to write about (the other important part).
awesome! you must be so so so excited!
Just yesterday I answered a similar question about housing, so take a look!
p.s. on that same housing questionnaire that you’ll be getting soon, there’s a space for you to specify your preference…but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get your choice !
See ya in the fall!
just too many good things coming our way…
Hi Miss Indigo,
The deadline for the intent to enroll form/ deposit is May 1st!
Hey anon! Ray to the rescue. I’ve divided my life almost evenly between the South and New England, so maybe I’m a little more adapted to the cold than most Texans, but I’m confident that if I can Vermont then you can too.™ There are a few key pieces to living with the cold:
tl;dr it’ll be fine. My Alabama sweetheart isn’t a half-timer like me, and she would live in the snow if she could. There might be a learning curve, but you’ll probably still be better off than the Californians (#southernpride).
Hey anon! Unfortunately, it looks like the nearest Orthodox church is about an hour and twenty minutes away, in someplace called Northfield Falls. Sorry.
so first of all // no such thing as freshman housing! As a first year student, you’ll start off by living in any of the houses on campus with a medley of students.
As for your other questions, the beginning of orientation is when you can start to move into your room and house. You’ll receive your room key at orientation actually. Orientation starts August 29. Once enrolled, sometime in the summer you’ll be asked to fill out a housing questionnaire (just a short series of questions geared towards figuring out what your lifestyle is like) in order to do our best to match you with a good roommate!
hella anime fans, as well as western animation and everything in between. In fact, the Bennington Animation Club screens a different movie every weekend. Currently watching Space Dandy myself, with the occasional Samurai Champloo every now and then.
I also like to put on Akira when I’m working in the POD in VAPA every couple of Fridays.
see you, space cowboy.
I am going to tell you a secret and it’s that sometimes people have great poker faces when in reality they are just as insecure and unsure about their academic abilities.
I was really stressed out last year because I thought everyone knew exactly what they wanted to do for the next four years and then for the rest of their lives. Poker faces. Also, lots of people end up doing complete 180’s and study something totally different than what they had originally planned. I mean, Glennis wanted to be a film student. A film student. This is what she does now:
Gradually, you’ll find things that you’re really passionate about. You’ll naturally become knowledgeable about these things just by virtue of studying them as in depth as you want and by talking with friends as you explain things you’re excited about to them and they explain things to you.
Plus, I bet you are ridiculously knowledgeable about something already and just because it doesn’t sound “academic” doesn’t mean it’s not valid. We all can’t be meta-linguistic kinetic neuroscience students. There are more types of intelligence than just knowledge, aesthetic and emotional intelligence are just as valued here (among many other types of smartness), and everyone here finds different ways to express their unique brilliance.
I guess I’ll start off by saying that I understand your concern about Bennington’s small campus and student body size. In fact I’d have to be honest it’s one of the things that I love and also one of the things that frustrates me a lot about being here. This small community is beautiful and its small size has allowed me to form intense bonds with faculty and friends but at the same time, I’m from L.A. and I do tend to get somewhat cabin-feverish a couple times a term.
That being said, Bennington’s size has no influence over the variety of classes that are offered each term, and I’m pretty confident that most Bennington students would agree with me. I have yet to come across a curriculum of classes that I don’t feel like I’m drowning in! The variety and the breadth of classes can actually be quite overwhelming, especially when you realize that your favorite classes take place at the same time or when it feels like half of the school population wants to take that one class (lol).
I study Visual Arts and have taken Art History courses here - art history plays an important role in contextualizing and informing my thoughts and ideas. While it may seem that there are a small number of art history courses, not one VA class at Bennington would be complete without directly studying the history of the course’s medium. Many art classes involve writing, reading, and in-class study in addition to an intensive studio practice. There’s surely exposure outside of art history courses.
To answer that last question about “getting a course created” : that to me sounds like starting a small “tutorial” with a teacher in any given discipline here. If you have a clear inquiry, have been in dialogue with a teacher here and maybe have other friends or students on board with that same inquiry or interest, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one.
Hope that answers your question!
For your first Field Work Term, your choice of location does not have to be based on your course of study, mainly because you will probably not yet have a strict direction to your work (not that you ever really do……. “just kidding”). However, whatever you intuitively choose will still probably weasel its way into your future studies somehow, just based on the fact that you chose it and will learn about yourself and your interests in the process.
In terms of your FWTs post-first-year, they do have to be somehow related to your Plan, but there are ways of finding connections between an organization and your studies that don’t have to be super direct. Also, because you design your Plan based on your personal interests, it doesn’t really feels limiting to have to choose something that connects to your Plan. ALSO your FWTs often shape your Plan as much as your Plan shapes your FWTs.