Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck, and Dodge! Check out the photos from the latest Dodgeball tournament! There is a Dodgeball league every term culminating in a giant showdown which bring many back to the good ole days of middle school. The teams consist of house teams, friend groups, and several Campus Safety officers looking for a little friendly competition, but mostly looking to have a lot of fun.
Does your Field Work Term have to be related to your area of study/your plan?
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.
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! I GOT IN! Thank you guys so much. When I was waiting for my decision, the only release valve for the tension was this blog. Sometimes, I would cut Tapped In with Cricket Hill Collection to take the edge off. But when I really needed a fix, I always came back to you <3. And oh yeah - Class of 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!
GOOD WORK YOU DID IT NOW U CAN RELAX OR GO TO SLEEP OR WHATEVER~!
Does Bennington do fire drills at the ass crack of dawn? I need to know if graduating from boarding school will free me from this.
Bennington, 9 times out of 10, will not conduct a fire drill at the ass crack of dawn. It’s specifically banned in the Acceptable Fire Drill Agreement Policies Handbook (AFDAPH). In-dorm fire drills are done at specific times and Campus Safety informs House Chairs when these will happen. The house chairs tell their housemates. They usually happen in the evening to the earlier hours of the night.
Because of medical reasons, I can't go skiing, and hiking is a bit of a challenge for me. I'm a bit worried that I may feel a bit left out of group trips/activities. Are there a lot of people who stay back when others go out skiing/hiking/exploring?
You will not be left out, I promise. Tea parties, homework/ jazz jam sessions, hanging out on the lawn, dramatic readings of children’s books in the library, concerts, performances and star gazing are all examples of activities that don’t necessarily pose a big physical investment. I’ve attached a movie made by a Bennington student about what it’s like to be here. It’s great!
Hi, I am a junior in High School and I looked at Bennington this past December. I really liked it and I was curious about the composition/ jazz program at Bennington. I'd really love to continue doing music, but I don't know if I'd only do music. I have many other interests, but if I really find music to be my "thing," is Bennington a good place for musical exploration? I know it's a difficult question, but pretty much, I'm curious about the music program and how it works! Thanks!
Hello kindred spirit,
I understand. I get it. I was THERE. Actually though, I entered my time here with a huge drive to study exactly those things - jazz and composition. But I also had my interest in sculpture to fulfill. And there we have the intimidating question facing those who approach Bennington: how do I take all my “things” to make an education?
Well, you’ve already given the answer! Exploration. In my freshman year I took a variety of classes in music, visual art, and all the things in between. In the music department, I’ve moved through classes in improvisation, composition, history, and personal lessons, as well as collaborations with dance and theater. Music faculty (and all faculty, in fact) encourage study across the disciplines and within. Students are challenged to engage broadly, from classical theory to the avant garde and beyond into new questions. Take a peek at our current music curriculum and see for yourself!
I’ve been asking around the office this afternoon, and no one can think of anyone who studies Just One Thing.
A LOT students here have two-or-more areas of study. Like, that’s probably more common than just one. Bennington Students™ are usually encouraged to study so broadly during their time here that it can be hard to stick to one discipline.
Different person on the ceramics thing, if someone who isn't taking ceramics wants to do things in the studio, is there a materials fee or studio fee?
No such thing here - even the thought of materials fees or studio fees are too funny to think about. This I believe goes for all areas of study within the Visual Arts. As a student who has been studying VA for two years now, I can tell you that I’ve paid for very little of what I need to make work here, at least in comparison to other schools that I’m familiar with. Often material is provided for. I’ve really only had to buy things such a paper, personal ceramics tools, film, etc. And when it comes to ceramics, there is no studio fee at all. Being able to use the studios here, without having taken intro courses is totally possible. First of all, it only takes a small conversation with one of ceramics faculty. I can’t imagine that they’d turn down a curious mind. And if you know your way in the world of ceramics, even better. Regardless, If you can crowd-source skills and info from friends here, seek out help from the ceramics tech and talk to faculty in order to become aware of what classes need (space, material, etc), you should be more than okay!
Are there any mountains near Bennington that are a challenging hike? Here in NJ I like to climb Mt. Tammany as a stamina training thing and I'm training to maybe possibly hopefully climb Kilimanjaro some day.
What happens at a new student orientation on AUG26? when do students move into their dorms? What are thy provided with in the dorms and what essential things do we need to buy? Thank zyou so much. see you in the fall. I am so excited :D
Yes yay, much excitement, wowee!
New Student Orientation involves a myriad of fun and friend-making activities which aim to help situate you comfortably into your new home. If you are an international student, then you arrive, move in and start getting acquainted with the school on August 26th. All the other incoming freshman will be moving in on the 29th. After that the whole school orientation experience will begin. It’s basically just a lot of getting to know you and helping you to get to know the school, the campus and eachother before all the other, more seasoned Bennington folk get back to campus and crowd it up for you.
The dorms themselves come with: a desk, a desk chair, a twin bed (xtra long!), a chest of drawers and a bookshelf for each student. Every room also has a closet and a long mirror.
If you have been placed in a colonial, you’ll probably want to bring a couple lamps with you, as the rooms are very old and beautiful and don’t have overhead lights. I would also suggest bringing lots of comfy sweaters, extra-long twin sheets and a mattress pad to match, a camera for documenting the beautiful Vermont landscape, and an adventurous heart open to a brand new world of exciting experiences! See you in the fall!
alright hi! i'm an accepted student (hooray) and bennington is top 3 right now so that's pretty rad. anyway, just wondering if during FWT students are allowed to go home for christmas/holidays (i mean, if they aren't going home for their FWT). there might be an obvious answer but who knows (not me, clearly)
Congratulations, friend! We’re so glad to know we’ve made it into your top 3!
In answer to your question: Yes! Before Field Work Term begins, there is a generally two-or-so week period set aside for winter break, during which time students can relax and seek familial comfort before setting out towards the exciting work filled weeks still to come!
It gets pretty darn arctic around here at times, I can’t pretend it doesn’t. However, if you’re like me, a lover of all things snowy, then you’ll feel right at home here among the rolling, snow covered Vermont knolls and nooks. I’d definitely advise the inclusion of a nice down coat on your packing list, or at least many cozy, knit sweaters to layer over one another.
Come the winter months there are many outdoor activities in which to participate, either through the Bennington Athletic Department’s lovely organized trips to various near by winter establishments and natural spots or on your own with a group of like-minded pals! There are definitely lovers of the ski among us here on campus, that’s for sure, so your equipment wouldn’t get lonely on its own or left in storage all term if brought along with you.
We’ve recently said farewell to winter here (shhh, fingers crossed, don’t let the weather gods see me say this!!!) and we’ve been greeting 70 degree days for the past week!
I have asked a couple times on here but have not gotten an answer yet. I practice a raw vegan lifestyle. How available would fresh fruits and veg be available (hows the salad bar/are their fresh juices?/is there fruit always available?) and how successful would my lifestyle be at a place like Bennington?
Sorry that you haven’t gotten an answer for this yet, but here it is! I am not raw vegan but have been vegan here and am now predominantly vegan. Fresh fruit and veggies are always available- there is a fully-stocked salad bar. During breakfast, melon, honeydew, and grapefruit are the main fruits (and my favorite). For the rest of the day, there are bananas, apples, and oranges that you can either eat in the dining hall or take with you.
I have had a meeting with dining services, and there are possibilities outside of the meal plan if they really cannot accommodate your diet. You can make it work, though. There is also a major food group, the Bennington Sustainable Food Project, that works on the student garden and does awesome work with food for the school.
If you want to talk more about food or dining options with me, feel free to shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also put you in contact with dining services so you can chat with them about food possibilities, too.
I’ve assembled a list of options. Pick whichever style you feel suits you best.
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Disclaimer: Option 2, if enacted while on Bennington campus, may result in room fines.
Hey! I'm torn between Bennington and Sarah Lawrence. You guys seem much friendlier, but I'm terrified to be stuck up in vermont. I've lived in metropolitan areas my whole life. What's the transition like for most students? Does anyone have any experience with SLC? It's April and I'm panicking. Any insight would be extraordinarily helpful.
Hey, if any insight would be helpful then here is what I think.
I grew up in a city of about 1 million people and while I was looking for a more rural setting for college, I understand your worries. Let me say that Bennington isn’t as small as it seems. In fact it is the 3rd largest town in VT. I mean, we have a Walmart.
Facts aside, what I have found most similar between the city I came from and Bennington is the community. Bennington has a pretty tight knit community and most everything you need is on campus (which also means you probably wont spend too much money during term). There are lots of events, lectures, shows, readings etc. as well as friends and oh yeah, work.
I found the transition to be a natural one - there is a sense that we are all in this together on this campus and I found myself finding things to get involved with very easily. But, that is my experience. If you can, I would urge you to visit both of the schools to see how you feel on campus and then make your decision.
P.S If the city is really a deal breaker, consider going to a city for FWT. You can spend all the money you saved during term and the come back here to save up again.
If you’ve been through the application process this year we’ve asked a lot about your interests and the work that you make. So, I figured we should return the favor.
Here at Bennington it’s Long Weekend which means that us students are taking a much deserved break for a few days. Please take this as an invitation to follow in our footsteps. Put down that financial aid document you’ve been thumbing through and relax to the sweet sounds of Hart - a musical project created by two current Bennington sophomores.
(Oh and nodding to the last post I should mention that both members of Hart are indeed bois).
Anyone here with a concentration in game designing? Also is it possible to go to EA or Activision for the field work term? Has anybody done so?
You bet! Game design is totally possible - there are many different ways you could study game design here and there are several people doing it in widely varied ways. You could totally do a FWT at EA or Activision, personally I don’t know anyone who has, but I do know Jess Joho, a literature student and video game fanatic. Jess has done some (or at least one) FWT that has been video game related and she writes for Kill Screen - check out her articles and her blog.
Accepted students of the Bennington College class of 2018:
Much to our dismay, a few of you let us know that your book recommendation didn’t make it to the poster we recently sent to you. How could this happen? We did a little digging and discovered a technical glitch that left 86 books off the list. BIG SIGH. We can’t stop the presses and reprint, but we can promise that even though these books may not be on the poster, every single book recommended by an entering student this fall will be included in the Crossett Library collection, if they are not already there. And Bennington’s Librarian Who Reads Everything plans to read the omitted recommendations first this year, despite the fact that it will totally rile his alpha ordered system—and we all know how librarians feel about systems. For the mega bookworms out there planning to join Jared in the reading recommendation challenge, stay tuned for a complete list of the omitted books.
Can I have a sneak-peak in the international students dorms?
I can’t give you a sneak-peek at the international student dorms because we don’t have any! We group people in the houses by where we think (by what you tell us) you would fit best according to the community of each house, not by grade, area of study, or where you are from. Everyone lives communally - It’s pretty cool.
I love Bennington so much! I love the curriculum, dorms, location, and what appears to be an incredible amount of support for each student. The only thing is that I am a straight girl who goes to all girls school and I am really terrified that Bennington will be kind of like all girls school again. I NEED SOME BOIS IN MY LIFE!!!!!
Now, I’ve been at Bennington for almost two years, and I’ve only heard whispers about these “bois”. Cryptozoologists claim that they do in fact exist, albeit on the very fringes of our society.
Being a skeptic, I don’t listen to or believe anything anyone tells me ever, not even my dad, so I went out today to find some PROOF that “bois” are real and inhabit our Bennington College US Campus.
Here’s what I found:
they’re out there….. u just need to know where to look……….
Can we stay in Bennington during summers? Are there any summer programs available?
YES! You can stay here in the summer - I did it last summer and I had the best summer of my life and I’m staying again this summer. There are no summer programs available - you can stay and make money and maybe use some of the spaces (you have to work out with teachers, the school etc.) You can work on a local horse farm (email@example.com), you can work with local high schools, you can work on a farm, the possibilities are endless.
Don’t worry about the details yet but, it’s like FWT, you get to cook and clean for yourself - its a real life experience.
Here is the secret: Living in Bennington during the summer is the best because you get everything you want to enjoy around town but never had the time to.
What is the first day that Bennington will open to house international students? I'm trying to book the tickets in advance here :) you know, international flights don't come cheap :D
International students arrive on Tuesday, August 26th (all day)! You’ll get all these dates on the mail /or email but if you really need to arrive here before then, be sure to give us a call or email. So yeah, you can book your flight tickets now before they soar!
Hello!! I have a question regarding Bennington's non-traditional majoring system: how great is the job outlook after graduation? Do employers care if I have a "major" or not? Will it be just as difficult to find a job as other college grads?
First of all, majors are crap, and I do not like to spend even a penny of my time talking about them. But for heavens’ sake, this is my noble service to humanity.
While I’m no employer, and your question obviously depend on the kind of job you’re talking about, I can confidently tell you that not having a ‘major’ tag on my applications, and on my resume for that matter has not affected any of my jobs and/or internship prospects. And I have worked and interned in quite a number of institutions (nationally and internationally). The absence of a major on my name has never been an issue either to me and the respective employers. As a matter of fact, this has actually played to my advantage; I am different, and I want everyone to know that I am different. I don’t want to be put into a lump of majors, because then that’s not me anymore. With my Bennington plan (along with my concentrations), I can demonstrate to employers that I can make a difference, and can contribute positively to their organization/institution. And from my personal experience, employers generally don’t care about your major, but on your skills and abilities. What matters is not what a piece of paper say you’re (or what you can do) but whether or not you can do the job, are willing to learn, and are passionate about it. It’s not about the major, it’s about you. Majors do not define people, people define majors. At Bennington, you develop more than just for a job/profession, and you’ll have to figure out what this means for you.
Alright, sorry for the rambling! Back to your questions: yes jobs are no easy thing these days but Bennington grads are at a unique position because of the Field Work Term. By the time they graduate, Bennington students would have built the necessary professional and on-the-job skills and a valuable network of employers and individuals in their respective fields. They would have engaged with and contributed to the things that matter. These things really matter when it comes to finding a job, so scare no more. The road to jobs does not look bleak. Ultimately, it all comes down to you. You’ll have to play your part; find a purpose, work hard, and do your research! The rest will sort itself out.
Sorry! ‘Finding jobs’ is not a great topic to talk about, neither is majors!
We’ve gotten a lot of ?’s about financial aid recently because money can be $cary. We totally get it and also scared too. Only human over here though we seem cyber.
Speaking of humans, our first piece of advice is to call financial aid. Talking to humans and not computers can also be scary but they’ll be able to help you on an individual basis way better than we can. Their digits are 802-440-4325. This is a great idea for all questions. Self advocacy can be fun!
That being said we can give you some more general info:
Merit aid is based on the strength of the total application not just a student’s grades or test scores (so maybe your art portfolio made us rethink existence or something). Upon applying, all students are considered for need and merit based scholarships, no extra paperwork necessary beyond the FAFSA and other federal documentation you’d be filling out already.
in 2012-13, 90% of first-year students received a grant or scholarship, the average award being $25,791. And that’s money you don’t have to repay.
Are there hidden costs? I’d look at our budget here. I’d also just say that it is easy to not spend money on campus. I don’t carry cash and I’ve gone weeks before without spending a dime.
Field Work Term? I can’t predict how much it will cost for you. Grants are available. But also, if money is a concern, do something where you will make money, even if it isn’t the dream. It will still be a great experience. You aren’t required to fly to France, you can live with Mom and Dad.
I was accepted but with the financial aid I was offered there is no way I could afford to go, but I still really want to go here. Is it possible to appeal for more aid and if so how would one go about doing so? Thank you.
I know money can be stressful - yes, you can appeal. Talk to you counselor (if you don’t know who that is check here) and he or she can help guide you through the process.
I'm already so in love with Bennington and I know 100% that I want to apply for early decision this fall... but the question is, how do I deal with the waiting/worrying about the potential of not getting in? Tips pleaasssseeee.
So, you’re in love, huh?
Here is my tip:
Treat this like you would with anything else you love. Go for it.
Can you, art student, please review an amazing teacher you have had while studying fine arts at Bennington?
The meat of my studies is in Visual Arts and since my first term here at Bennington I’ve been taking a wide variety of courses within VA with a variety of very talented and inspiring teachers, all of whom are actively making work both in and out of Bennington.
I’d have to say that in this past year as a sophmore, I’ve developed a really close relationship with my sculpture and slip-casting (ceramics) teacher Yoko Inoue. She’s really redefined what it means for me to produce visual work here at Bennington. She strongly emphasizes the importance of context and research. I’m currently taking a class with her called The Social Life of Sculpture, an advanced sculpture class. She’s gotten us to submit formal, in depth proposals for our final projects of the term that we had to present to the class for midterms. One of her many goals for us is for us to understand the importance behind being able to critically articulate our ideas, in a similar way as artists do when they apply for grants and residency programs around the world. She drives the conceptual and intellectual side of art-making, constantly pushing us to re-evaluate and question our work in order to imagine it in the world beyond our campus. She’s become a personal mentor of mine; she’s not only a teacher but also a friend that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with in NYC for the casual lunch date to talk about art, Bennington and life.
I believe this to be true for most Bennington students across all disciplines. Everyone, at some point along the way, finds that one (or even two, or three) faculty member who they connect and grow with.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Yoko does and seeing her work, here are a couple links:
Yo dude Carlos, how can I become an architect like you? Give me some tips.
HA! You wanna become an architect like me? Is this what dads feel like? :’)
I am not an architect (yet), but an architecture student. I don’t know when or if I will become one, but I can assure you that it’s a couple of years down the road.
FIRST: You gotta want it! Does architecture serve a purpose in the quest that is inter-disciplinary academic, professional and personal growth? If yes, what about architecture? Is it design? Or maybe drawing? Does the slowness of the hand-drawn process makes it all worth it? Do you like the idea of staring at a piece of paper, terrified of making a mark that will indicate a door because you know that it will never be properly erased? Is it about making spaces? Homes? Hospitals? Problem-solving through multiple scales of action?
SECOND: You gotta have an open mind! Architecture is not just Design 101, or Intro to Drafting, or “How to Make a CAD Drawing”. This is a craft that delves into speculating about space-making. You’re gonna have to go to other disciplines to help you in this horrendous noble path you’ve chosen. Be it ceramics, painting, set design, playwriting, music, anthropology, math, biology, or even (dare I say it) dance, your process will no doubt be informed by these other modes of thought (and this applies to any discipline!).
THIRD: Be proactive! Where do you think you wanna intern for your 4 Field Work Terms? 4 different architecture offices around the world? Maybe 4 different experiences that have nothing to do with architecture? Become a better rounded person my friend, as architects need to be the world’s best problem-solvers (but I’m biased).
Always remember that good work leads to more work and that this path, like any other path that carries meaning, will require your own self-encouragement, individual agency, and a lot of epiphanies at 4 AM.
Is the poetry program contemporary? (that poem posted was decent but I'm looking for like Dickman and Heany and Brock-Broido style of being taught)
We have programming in all ranges of poetry (and writing in general) — contemporary, archaic, and otherwise — the lit faculty work hard to balance the curriculum each term. The Poets at Bennington Series lends itself to the contemporary, since we can’t ask dead poets to come talk and teach here (I mean we can ask…but…turns out no matter how much you knock on Frost’s grave, he just doesn’t respond…the nerve…)
I wouldn’t say any particular “style” is taught to students here…unless you consider being truthful a style.
— Parke ‘15
Hello and hi,
Honestly, the best way to describe the poetry program at Bennington might very well be “all inclusive”. In my four years here, I’ve studied Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Whitman’s self-representation in Leaves of Grass, Olena Kalytiak Davis’ work, Jericho Brown, Dean Young’s poems and essays, CD Wright, Alex DImitrov’s use of social media platforms in poetic contexts and so much in between. There are courses with more direct focuses, like this term’s Dickinson & Whitman class, but there are also classes that address broader questions, like The Making of a Poem course taught this past fall, where, through contemporary texts, we analyzed what it means to make poetry, what poetry’s function or purpose is, and how it reaches its “goal”.
I should also mention that the Poetry at Bennington program is always taught in conjunction with at least one poetry class. Visiting poets have a short residency including a reading, lecture, and Q&A session, and from time to time, students are able to workshop their poems 1-on-1 with the visiting poets.
(Also,can you send us your favorite Dickman poem? I’ve never heard of them. )