What effect does the weather at Bennington have on the quality of life on campus? I understand that it is quite cold. Do you find that people often have colds or is it easy to adjust to a Vermont kind of environment? I can't imagine that every new student at Bennington is used to living somewhere that is predominantly cold.
Here are some thoughts from around the office on winter at Bennington:
"Winter is in your mind." - Michael
"Birkenstocks are not always appropriate footwear. Otherwise the cold is not difficult" - Liam
"I don’t know. It’s just not that bad. You only ever have to walk outside for like a minute." - Alan (Liam: you have clearly never studied music)
"I’m not necessarily a good person to ask because I used to wear flipflops in the snow in Maine. I chose Bennington partly because I wanted four seasons and it is somewhat unpredictable." - Alana
"Foreign policy begins at home." - Eliana
"I’m still appreciating the fact that there is snow and grass instead of dust and dirt like back home in New Mexico." - Kagan
"I’m kind of enjoying the cold weather. For my entire adult life, I’ve lived in a new house every single year. Now I’ve been in my house for going on three years. I’m enjoying winter now more than I ever have because I know what is coming." - Holly Khiel (Admssions Counselor)
In general, the weather fluctuates from steamy September to frigid February, though you’ll be on your winter break and Field Work Term from mid-December to mid-February and so will miss the worst of it. While some students become more sick in the cold than others, it’s not as if winter comes and tragedy ensues. If you dress warm and stay optimistic, winter is more about snowball fights and sliding in the snow than colds and fevers.
FYI this is the music building Liam was referring to when responding to Alan:
Are pets ever allowed on campus and in the houses?
FISH ONLY!!! ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)
There are hella dogs (and a few cats) around campus that belong to different faculty and staff, though, and a few of the faculty members living in the house apartments have pets that tend to hang around.
Hello :)! What a lovely blog you run. Your answers get me so pumped and happy! You guys are seriously so nice. I just wanted to ask, has there been any students doing FWT with some sort of medical field?
We very much enjoy answering your lovely questions. Glad that you like our responses.
So basically, I’m a pre-med student and I’ve done numerous FWTs pertaining to health and medicine. My plan is in global health and I’ve worked on two (and soon-to-be three) different aspects of medicine that all help inform my plan and my overall pre-med education here at Bennington. My short story (below) is not atypical to other pre-med students here. There are a number of opportunities to explore any area in the medical field, and we all take advantage of them. So there you go!
I spent my first FWT in Durban, South Africa and worked in a bio-medical research institute for HIV and TB. I was specifically involved in a mutagenesis project seeking to identify essential and nonessential genes in mycobacterium tuberculosis. I knocked-out several genes from the mycobacterium and tried to grow it to see whether or not it could live without that gene. That allowed us to initiate a library/catalog of all essential genes which can be targeted by drug therapy. In a sentence, this was simply basic research.
For my second FWT, I went to Ghana and worked at a community health research center in a small town just along the border with Burkina Faso. I conducted an extensive effectiveness survey on a new anti-malaria drug in several villages, and partook in a diarrhea vaccine trial targeted at children under five. This was quite different from the first one, it was more about health intervention and care delivery. I did many field trips! Great stuff!
And in exactly three weeks time, I will be heading down to Milwaukee for my third FWT. I will be working at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I expect something different from my previous FWTs.
So yeah! Hope that gives you a sense of the breadth and scope of FWT as far as the medical field is concerned. I love this topic, so feel free to ask any questions you may have. Will do my best to reply.
Be at peace, prospective students (and bow down). The interns are here to help you. In order to shave our queue down a little, we’re going to answer all the analytical paper-related questions we’ve currently got in one master post, to be forever heralded as the Holy Scripture of This One Piece of Your Application.
The reason we ask for an analytical paper—what we’re really looking for, here—is that it’s a way for us to see how you construct and defend an argument. That’s it. That’s what you need to be showing us. However, we understand that the devil can be in the details. So:
Where do I upload the analytical paper? I can’t find it on the Common App.
It’s not on the Common App! There’s a space to submit it on your Applicant Status Page. You should receive a link to this page a day or two after you submit your application.
That didn’t happen. Please help, it’s been weeks.
Email Sheila! smartin (at) bennington (dot) edu.
What if I missed the deadline?
Just get it in to us ASAP and you should still be solid.
What is an analytical paper, anyway?
What is anything, sweet anons? What are you? What am I? What a—sorry, it’s finals week. We’re a little fried here in Bennington. As mentioned earlier, the analytical paper’s purpose is to show us how you construct and defend an argument. This means that it’s not a research paper—you’re not just finding stuff out about something and then telling us about the thing. It should have a thesis; you should be making some sort of case to your readers about your source material, supported by evidence from said material.
What if my only analytical paper is handwritten?
As long as it’s legible, we’ll take it. We prefer a handwritten paper, graded and with comments, to a typed version of that paper without.
What if I don’t have any that are graded/have comments?
Just send us one without, then. We strongly prefer to see how you were being graded because it fills out a picture of your academics for us, but in a pinch we are capable of deciding the merit of your arguments on our own, haha.
I have never written an analytical paper in my life.
Get in touch with your admissions counselor and they’ll help you work something out.
That’s it, lovelies! If there are gaps in the gospel, let me know and I’ll fill them, but otherwise, happy analyzing.
Imagine a theoretical applicant with an SAT score of ~2100, an IB diploma, a glowing letter of recommendation... and a 2.4 GPA (with an upward trend in Junior and Senior year). What are this student's chances, roughly, of being accepted? More properly, does the school try to fit each applicant into a specific academic mold and then reject them if they don't, or is there a mix of different academic qualities in the accepted pool?
My, what a very specific hypothetical! I feel like I’m in trapped in one of Wittgenstein’s philosophy papers. I would tell this applicant she (I’m being super progressive here…he is grammatically correct according to my 9th grade English teacher. Please don’t assume I assumed the applicant was a woman because of the low GPA or something. I’m being a feminist, not a loser) — that she should still apply. No single part of your high school career tells the whole story, so we look at everything we can to get to see the big picture. Do an interview. Send us a portfolio. Show us you’re passionate about the school, even if your art is kinda bad. We don’t look at our applicants like numbers, we look at them like people. Even if they are only hypothetical.
Even if you aren't focusing on visual art like ceramics and painting and whatnot, is there a studio or workroom where students outside of the program can use the resources?
VAPA, the visual and performing arts building, is (for the most part) open 24 hours a day, and that only excludes areas with unusually expensive or dangerous equipment (i.e. digital arts studios or the wood shop, both of which are locked at night). Because of this open environment, there is definitely room in various studios for those who are just casually interested in experimenting with VA outside of class, as long as they don’t interfere with classes currently in session and provide their own materials.
That being said, you definitely don’t have to have a focus in the visual arts in order to take VA studio classes! Studio classes are made up of everyone from the casually interested to those whose Plans are entirely in the visual arts.
GIven the school's definite liberal slant, I feel like I almost don't even need to ask this, but is there any significant amount of violent anti-LGBT rhetoric? I'm fine with people not supporting gay marriage, for instance, but I mean like "GOD HATES FAGS"-level stuff.
Good lord, no. I’m not going to tell you that Bennington is a perfect paradise where everyone knows all about LGBTQA issues and is completely respectful of them, but as an out lesbian I have not once encountered any violent, or even truly mean, rhetoric here. And I think the campus is pretty universally in favor of equal marriage—except for the people who are overall against marriage as an institution. You’re more likely to face offensive (but benignly-intended) jokes than anything. The vast majority of people will be supportive, whether or not they’re well-versed in the activist side of things.
Hello! I'm Angel. I am applying to Bennington as a freshman. I am a very awkward person, and it's rather difficult for me to make friends. At Bennington, is the campus life very engaging? Is the community at Bennington tight-knit? Is there any advice you'd give an aspiring student? Sorry for all the questions. Lol. If I get into Bennington, I'd like to study theatre, politics, and anthropology. I fell in love with the school. What's your favorite thing about Bennington? :)
Hi Angel! No need to apologize for asking a lot of questions. Helping prospective students is what we admissions interns love (and get paid) to do.
When I got to Bennington, I was pretty painfully shy. I hadn’t had any close friends in high school, and it was really daunting to start over on a campus where I didn’t know anyone, and where everyone was coming from different places. The diversity was exciting, of course, but I also wondered how much common ground I’d have with my classmates. This persisted through most of Orientation—a lot of its goal is to expose you to as many of your classmates as possible, so you get chances to know each other, but it’s a lot of faces and names and not a lot of time spent on each one of them. So, I got to know a few people, but we didn’t really have a chance for bond. Then, at the very end of Orientation, the house chairs threw the freshmen a huge dance party. I stood at the back, sort of shifting from side to side and not really dancing at all, as we awkward people are wont to do. There was a guy standing next to me doing the same thing, who was in my house, and he sidled up and said, “I don’t want to be rude, but I just wanted to ask what your pronouns are. I’m Crow, he/him.” I was delighted to be asked, and suddenly we were off and running. Two and a half years later, we’re still best friends. I’ve also found great friends in my roommates, my house community, and not a few classes. Once you get a leg in, it’s almost difficult not to bond with people here, because you’re constantly surrounded with amazing, passionate, intelligent peers. It’s a good stock to choose from. Additionally, there are a lot of us here who were “the awkward one” in middle and high school. Now we’re all pooled together, and we do all right.
This is not to say that you need to fall in best-friend-love at a dance party, or even during Orientation at all. Bennington has a pretty diverse array of social opportunities, and whatever your style is, you can find it here, from all-night parties to quiet nights in your common room with homework and company. I’d advise you to just be yourself and do your thing, and maybe just give yourself an extra push every once in a while to swallow down the nerves and introduce yourself to people. It’s amazing how quickly and often that pays off. Also, join a club or two. The community IS tight-knit here, but everyone’s friendly and more than willing to welcome new people in.
It’s perhaps a little redundant to add this here at the end, but it’s the answer I always give and I think it fits: my favorite thing about Bennington is the people. When you bring eight hundred students together and tell each of them to design a course of study around their passions, you get amazing results. This school really is a place of curiosity, collaboration, and fun, as much as it’s also a place of work and challenge. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.
Anyway, I hope this helps. Sorry for dumping an essay on you, haha. It’s finals week here and I seem to be stuck in the mode. Please feel free to contact me again with whatever worries you’ve got—social-related or otherwise—and good luck in your college admissions process.
Well, my friend, as a lover of hip hop myself, it’s been important for me to surround myself with breakbeats, crate samples, vinyl scratching, impeccable flows and linguistic finesse. That being said, it’s a little difficult to answer your question - there is a Hip Hop Dance club that performs from time to time, however other defined hip hop-loving communities have yet to sprout up. Lots of people would like to pump some more life into hip hop at Bennington by way of concerts/performances. The love for hip hop, however, is real here. A campus party cannot succeed without Ignition (Remix), for instance, or at least something of that caliber. Many of us thrive off of the likes of Ciara, Busta Rhymes, 2 Chainz, Lil B, Missy Elliott, MF Doom and it’s not unlikely to hear some occasional Yeezus spilling onto Commons Lawn.
A Bennington Weekend: doughnuts at midnight, Pilobolus, and many more adventures
Perhaps you have been wondering “What do Admissions interns do when they are not diligently writing blog posts?” or “Does Bennington have a weekly low-key poetry party on campus?” or even “What does Bennington do to celebrate finals?” Well, my inquisitive friends, this is the blog post you have been hoping for. We have compiled a list of the many, many things going on just this weekend in the hopes of answering all your weekend activity thoughts, hopes, and — dare I say it? — wildest dreams.
This Thursday night Chloe was finishing up an acting essay when she heard sirens and saw flashing lights out her window. She looked up: it was time…
I suppose it depends on what you’re hoping for — each season up here is different. There’s summer, fall, those weird days in fall which are totally summer, winter, extreme winter, mud season, and spring. Looking for a hot day to go swimming at the local lake? Come in early September. A cup of hot cocoa by a fireplace with wool blankets? I recommend winter.
But my favorite of all the seasons here are the beginning of fall and the end of spring. The campus is so beautiful and alive at any moment, even when the clouds are hanging low over the valley and you cannot see past the edge of the forest, but there is something undeniably magical about the place in early October when the trees change color all across the valley and the mountains. And magical again when the plants start waking up in April and May! There are so many blooming trees on campus, it’s like living in a dream.
But really, come any time, especially when classes are in session (September to mid-December and mid-February to June) . We love visitors!
So, there are so, SO many questions in the inbox about portfolios so I thought I would address them in one post.
First, the portfolio is optional. Keyword: optional. You do not have to submit one, but you can if you want. We will not think any more or any less of you if do or don’t submit one. The bottom line is that the portfolio is an optional complement to the Common Application.
Think of the application as your first assignment at Bennington, so there is no right or wrong way to do things (but please don’t mail us your 16 foot sculpture -just take photos, we believe you). I know it is frustrating that we are so open ended but that is what a Bennington education is. Be weird, take risks, you can go your own way. There is no format to follow (welcome to Bennington…)
As far as suggestions or recommendations as to what to submit: Submit what you are proud of. We don’t mind long research papers, we like photos of things, send us your music, or a link to your videos. Send us your science experiment (not the actual experiment, just documentation) or share your poetry.
Since some of you want to know how to submit: when you send in your common application you will get a link a day or so after and that will give you access to a page where you can upload whatever you want to show us.
Best of luck. Trust that whatever you do will be fine.
Glennis, a pleasant gluten-free (not by choice, mind you) midwesterner sits perched on her chair, sipping from her mug. Turned away from her computer, it is apparent she is not about to finish that blog post she is supposedly working on; still, she asks me for help. “Is this too sassy, Alan?” I only make it sassier, Glennis, whenever you ask me that question. Still, I’m certain I’ll read it over her shoulder in a few minutes just as she will for me.
Glennis is distracted; Eliana — an international student from London — is reading an article about two irresponsible parents who named their children “Aryan Nation” and Adolf Hitler”. They discuss Eliana’s hyphenated last name. What does a name say about you? The choices our parents make seem to follow until death; Eliana’s name is still a struggle for passports and airports. I can only image the difficulties Aryan faces.
Later tonight, Eliana will hang out with her friends in Kilpat house (there’s a concert going on in the common room, but she doesn’t know if she’ll go). Glennis will stop by a Christmas party in Noyes and a goodbye party in Sawtell, but her night will mainly be dominated by design: she has to make a chair by Sunday. I’d like to work too, but I will be hosting the aforementioned Christmas party.
With a question so big, sometimes you have to answer it by being extremely small. We’re just three students, but in a way I think this says what you want to know. The social scene is all over the place in the sense that it is what you make of it (party or work with friends…I favor the later). But we get along (for the most part) and cliques dissipate during the day because there is mutual respect for a diversity of lifestyles, and because everybody here has something to say.
To add on to this, Bennington does not have its own study abroad programs in other locations. Bennington supports you in finding programs, applying, figuring out visas, and preparing for the experience abroad. Feel free to call Kendra Ericson, Assistant Director for Academic Services, at 802-753-2490 with any questions.
Can any of you take a picture of the average dorm kitchen? I really love cooking and would most certainly be down for making the entire hall mozzarella pesto tomato tofu spiced balsamic vinegar pita pockets for lunch on any given day but I haven't been able to find what's in the kitchen so I don't know if baking the things would be out of the equation. Best wishes sent to the blog team, I hope I get into your school I love it and love you all!
I went out and took some pictures of a lot of kitchens, to give you a better overview of the average kitchen.
This kitchen belongs to Bingham. “This is a small kitchen” said Bingham resident Iris ‘16. Roughly 30 square feet!
This is me with Iris’ mug in the microwave:
Bingham has two kitchens, like many other colonials, this is the other one, slightly bigger, roughly 45 square feet:
As promised dear readers, here is the second installment of A Day in the Life, told through the lens of mealtimes. Here was my Tuesday:
7:00am: Wake up. They say that waking up is hard to do. They were right.
7:20am: Breakfast (pictured above, that’s me on the right!). Look at those sunshiney faces, ready for a big day at school!
8:10-10:00am: Nuts and Bolts acting class. Our professor, Jenny Rohn casts us in two person scenes that we work on for the entire term. My partner and I are doing a scene from Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (yep, the mentally deranged, sex-starved, pill popping housewife scene. Guess who I play?)
12:00pm: lunch at the student center. Had to eat quickly to finish up some work, so we went to studes for a speedy meal.
2:10-4:00pm: Recent Fiction from Pakistan and India literature class. Right now we’re reading Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes. It’s described as a “darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen” by the book’s back cover. So fun!
4:00-5:30pm: Downtime, homework, Hulu watching, music listening etc.
5:30: Dinner. ‘nuf said.
7:00pm: Go to the darkroom to develop some film I shot over Thanksgiving break for my Photography Foundation class. For my final I’m working on a project that explores the difference between the amount of space that men and women occupy in both public and private settings. Cool beans!
10:00pm- Go home, alternately do homework and distract myself from doing homework. Go to SLEEP.
is there anyone there who got in and didn't do too hot in high school? i don't feel, overall, that my grades are an accurate representation of myself as a person (i had health issues, blah) and i'm having major anxiety about applying because a few teachers have basically told me that without good grades and sat scores i won't get in to bennington. can you give it to me straight? i just want to know if i should give up on getting in, even though i love you guys.
Straight off the bat: DON’T GIVE UP ON GETTING IN. Just don’t.
We want to know what kind of student you are, and grades don’t really show that (they try, but the problems with the standardization of the capabilities of human beings is another response entirely).
Submitting SAT scores is optional when applying to Bennington, so on paper, you can say that the school does not even require SAT scores to admit a student. We want to know what you’re passionate about, why you’re attracted to this school, what wakes you up/keeps you up, etc etc. A 3.2 or 3.8 or 2.8 GPA does not show this.
If you want to come to this school, apply. Period.
And yes, there are many students who didn’t do too well in high school who happen to prove that they are amazing students when doing the things that they actually want to study/make/do for the time being :)
Check it out: January preview, the fiction editors’ and poetry editors’ blogs, and the 2013 writing prize judges.
A bunch of us in admissions have been working on plain china - Bennington’s national undergraduate literary anthology - all term (including lil’ ole me - Rachael ‘15, Anushka ‘14, Parke ‘15, and Alan ‘15.) Check out some of the awesome stuff we’ve been doing!!!
Ballet is not always on the curriculum at Bennington but it has been offered for the last 3 terms.The technique classes that are offered change depending on who the MFA students are. Daniel (our current MFA dance student) teaches ballet and Cunningham technique as that is his background - he was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company!
I can’t guarantee that there will always be ballet classes but we do have great dance studios that are available to students 24 hours a day. So if there is a dance class that isn’t offered, you can go and practice in your own time. One term when there wasn’t a ballet class my friend Alana and her friend Selena would meet up twice a week to practice together.
hi there! do you think that two people applying from the same high school would reduce the chance of one of them getting in?
no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The college won’t discriminate just because multiple people from the same high school apply. Each applicant is looked at individually, so just ~be the best you that you can be~
So I'm applying to Bennington, and I'm taking the SATs and ACTs again in December, and Bennington's Regular Decision is January 3rd. Do you think my scores would arrive in time for me to apply? Or should I just not submit them? Would not submitting them heart me at all?
Hi prospective applicant!
generally speaking, your should get your scores back (online) in roughly 3 weeks (~21 days) after the day you take the exam. So depending on which date in December you sit the exam, you can figure out when to expect your results. If you complete your regular application by Jan 3rd, you should be fine even if your scores come in a bit later.
Taking the SATs/ACTs and submitting them to us is never a bad thing. We value each and every part of your application package though some may not be required. So yeah, if you feel your scores (SATs or ACTs) give another perspective of who you are as a person (and applicant), then feel free to send them along as soon as they come out. Otherwise, do not stress about it, they are NOT required in the first place and not submitting them will by no means hamper your chances even if everyone else did. We don’t let SATs (or any classification tool) alone determine our judgment and /or decision about an applicant. We appreciate the difference in each applicant’s strengths, interests, and drives, that’s why the whole picture is important to us.
Do any of you know of anyone who has gone to Japan for a FWT, and if so, what they did there?
This FWT, I will be going to Tokyo, Japan to work at Shure University - this really cool, democratic institution that serves mainly young people that suffer from school truancy or social seclusion. I’ll be working in the university’s theater department, running workshops on experimental theater-making. This will be my first time adventuring outside the United States! And I don’t speak any Japanese…so… Wish me luck!
I will be living with a friend of mine from Bennington. She grew up in Tokyo, so knows the area quite well. This will be her second time working in Japan; last year, she worked with a world-travelling ceramicist. My friend loved the experience so much that she just had to go back - this time to work in a biology lab with tadpoles.
FWT is such a wonderful experience because it offers students the opportunity to explore on a global scale. Doing international work for FWT is quite easy because of Bennington’s vast network. I found Shure University simply by chance - just surfing the web looking for work in Tokyo, found this incredible alternative university, sent out a resume, and got an email back saying they love Bennington and would be happy to have me! A school halfway around the world knows about Bennington?! So cool, right?
Those international jobs are out there and the FWT Office is super great about helping you out if you have any questions. Hoping all your FWT dreams come true, as well. Email me (email@example.com) if you want to chat about Japan some more!
Is there a big otherkin community on campus? I am trying to come to terms with my identity and I would appreciate having a support system on campus!
Hey anon! I’m afraid Bennington doesn’t have any sort of formal otherkin community; I only know of two kin on campus. From talking to them and doing some of my own research, I’ve gotten the impression that most otherkin community occurs online. You might already know that, of course, so feel free to disregard the rest of this if you like. Otherkin.net seems to be active, and includes a directory of otherkin who are willing to chat. They might be able to help you out. The #otherkin tag here on Tumblr also looks pretty friendly, or at least, the otherkin in it look pretty friendly. You’ll have to wade through some ‘phobes, too, if you do venture in. I wish you all the best in your journey. Identity’s a bear, but stay safe and it’ll all come out right-side-up.
Hello! :) I was wondering, since Bennington doesn't have traditional majors, what kind of degree do you graduate with?
Good Gloostenfῠrg to you,
All students graduate with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.
But wait, you ask, I’ve heard so much about the Plan process, each student’s individual journey, all the exceptional different departments that Bennington has to offer and every student graduates with….. a Bachelor of Liberal Arts? What?
Fear not, gentle soul. A student can still study discourse and playwriting; the intersection of gender and pop culture; approaches to medical systems; how design affects communities through psychology and anthropology; sustainability in food production; the experience and expression of the mystical sublime or anything in between. Also, your diploma will state the disciplines of your concentration.
I suppose one could be fret that a Bachelor of Liberal Arts would provide too much freedom and by not specifying a major one would achieve breadth but not depth in their work. But the Plan process wouldn’t letcha get away with that. Bennington students answer a central question by examining it through a variety of disciplines. Looking at the question through multiple lenses promotes the creation of serious and meaningful work. As far as the post-Bennington job hunt goes, our degree offers versatility; we’re not constrained by a single category and are therefore are an asset in the workplace.
In short, despite the uniformity of our degrees, your plan will be specific and individualized. Frankly, I think there just isn’t enough space on the diploma to include it all.
No. But why not? You have absolutely nothing to lose. I conducted interviews over Field Work Term last year and its a blast: we just read over your application and then talk to you about whatever you’re passionate about. I still remember mine…it was a phone interview and I was watching a documentary about the Dixie Chicks to distract myself from my nerves…I paused it when the phone rang to chat. We talked about Democracy Now, classic films, Kierkegaard, why I like playwriting and…the Dixie Chicks. One of the best conversations I had as an interviewer was about the educational merit of video games. You decide the content more than we do…we love to learn.
It won’t count against you (unless you reveal to us that you have cannibalistic tendencies — some things we just can’t un-hear). And it’s chill. A lot of our interviews take place in coffee shops and that’s pretty much the vibe of the conversation: just two friends chattin’ it up about hobbies and interests over a peppermint mocha latte (I want one so bad its been so long I love peppermint someone help I know it’s lame I know it’s cooler to order your coffee black but I can’t help it I’ll never be one of those people and that’s okay!!!!).
Hello! This is a question for Ray. I just wanted to ask, what are your preferred pronouns? I wanted to approach you earlier, but was afraid of misgendering you!
Hey anon! My preferred pronouns are she/her, and thank you for asking. I love getting this question, especially since it’s just come into common use on campus in the last few years. Please don’t be afraid to approach me about it!
Can you ever see the northern lights from Bennington?
Not in my experience. However, if you use a little bit of mathematical trickery, then the answer is yes. If you decide to come to Bennington then you go to Alaska (or somewhere pretty far north) for a FWT then by the transitive property you can see Northern Lights from Bennington.
Also, check out this awesome video about an Aurora Hunter (FWT idea?) The more I think about it you could probably even study the Auroras with Hugh Crowl, our Physics/Astronomy teacher. That would be a cool Plan and a great excuse to hunt Auroras.
I'm going to submit some of my creative writing along with my application, but I'm finding it so hard to chose out of everything! Do you have any advice on how many things to submit and maybe what kind of criteria I should consider?
I think you should submit as many things as you want that can show us who you are, what you’re interested in pursuing, what kind of work you like to do, etc. Submit anything that you’re proud of. Submit work that you’re satisfied with, work that makes you happy, work that taught you something.
But in the end, show us work that can help us see who you are, my friend.
Here’s a penguin! He’s pretty cute and happy all the time, I find.
It is indeed, anon! It’s shrunk a little in scope this year because our beloved founder and head coach graduated last spring, and for the first time, the Bennington fencers are experimenting with self-government. They’re finding their footing, though. They should begin attending tournaments again in the near future, and in the mean time, practices and in-house bouting proceed as they ever have. Also as ever, the club welcomes new members of any skill or experience level. Turning students into stone-cold badasses is what they do.
Hi guys! I've submitted and completed the Early Decision I application because Bennington is obviously my top choice and I'm really excited about coming here. However, after I submitted my application I started hearing about the negative sides of applying Early Decision, such as, I won't get a large financial aid package because they know how badly I want to come to the school. Can anyone of you attest to this? Did anyone apply Early Decision and received only little financial aid?
Don’t worry. You are excited about Bennington, we are excited that you are excited. Bennington is committed to making an education here feasible for anyone and everyone who should be studying here. While we unfortunately can’t meet all need all the time, the college does it’s best (and from personal experience, they come pretty darn close.) Students who apply Early Decision don’t get any more or less kudos than those who don’t in the eyes of the financial aid office. As someone who applied ED, I got a pretty generous package and don’t think it was affected in anyway by my ED status. So just don’t stress about it. And please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the financial office with any questions or concerns.
I would say that communism is definitely a thread of conversation and debate here — there has been a communist club off and on, and always a cornucopia of politic debates in class, on the lawn, over dinner, etc. Last night I totally lost track of time talking with my friends about society, liberty, and the social contract over dinner in the dining hall, and I can’t stop thinking about it! It was a great reminder that people here really care, and are excited to talk to you about their thoughts, beliefs, and questions.
Also, in the way of politics, I recommend reading this post. It’s about Occupy, left-leaning politics, and what that means at Bennington.
can we have a post featuring FRESHMAN ROOMS??????? I'm curious to see where I'll be living...
Well, you’re in luck! The way housing works here we don’t delineate specific rooms for First Years - you could be living in any of those rooms. However, it is unusual for a First Year to be placed in a single (those are filled by juniors and seniors first). But dream away - any of those doubles could be yours! (In fact, when India did the room series all those who are class of 2015 were freshman)
Check out Bennington student Carl, and recent alum, Bryan, demonstrating tilling with draft power at the middle school in Bennington. The horse’s name is Ani and she is Carl’s pride and joy. If you ever want to see him totally and completely happy find him with Ani.
I am predominantly vegan, and my close friend here is completely vegan. Breakfast is the one meal that seems the least vegan-friendly to me, but it still is— it just depends on what you want to eat. I usually have toast with PB for breakfast, but there is also cereal (with numerous alternative milks), vegan waffle mix, fruit, breakfast potatoes (either tater tots or potato squares), spinach, oatmeal, etc. I just prefer toast.
Lunch and dinner are my favorite meals, and I either eat at the dining hall or the student center. They serve different types of food, but they are both safe bets. The dining hall always has vegan options, hot food and salad bar. The student center is a place for either grill-style food (veggie burgers, which I always get in a salad), boxed (like Amy’s), or pre-made (wraps, etc.). Feel free to email me with any specific questions- firstname.lastname@example.org