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.
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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!!!!).
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!
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 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.
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.
- Sarah ‘15
Dear awesome, politically-aware, questioner,
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.
Hope that helps,
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)