Your daughter sounds fabulous! Perhaps your insider administrator thinks so too and is trying to steal her away from Bennington to attend her college?
It seems like you are asking two questions. Do you mean that she will not fit in socially because Bennington is such a diverse place that she will not find others like her (single, straight, girls who like to date)? Or are you concerned that she will not find single, straight, boys who like to date?
We’re still working on the single, straight boy calendar (male objectification these days is such a problem), but they’re here.
And here’s some advice from a straight, formerly single girl:
“Just relax, it’ll all work it out. Whatever you want is here. I didn’t date anyone my first two years here and it didn’t affect my Bennington experience negatively.” – Glennis ‘15
In short, we’ve got both here. Your daughter will be fine, should she choose to come here. And if she chooses not to identify herself by those terms anymore, well that’s cool too.
Resident Dating Guru
P.S. He went here:
Hello! I actually answered this same question last term, you can see the the response here. In the end the plan process is very individual. What you write in the supplement will probably be very different than your actual plan. This question is really for us to see what you’re passionate about and how you think. And when in doubt:
- Arden J. ‘16
Chloe ‘16 studies the mind body connection through the lens of psychology and dance. Her fav final last term was writing a paper about the meaning of life for her philosophy class.
Julia ‘15 focuses on how culture informs medical systems and healthcare policy. She primarily studies Biology, Anthropology, and History. Julia investigated women’s use of abortive herbs during the middle ages in her Women in Science history course.
Genelle ‘15 studies Neuroscience and Chemistry with specific interest in the molecular mechanisms behind behavior. Conducting research about the escape behavior of cockroaches was definitely the highlight of the Fall 2013 finals season for her.
Anuskha ‘14 studies Literature and Spanish. She compiled an extensive portfolio of translations of selections from Cortazar’s Historias de cronopios y de famas for the Art of Literary Translations.
Rachel ‘14 studies Political Science and Gender, with a touch of Visual Art. Rachel put together a portfolio of mixed media drawings that expressed connections between patterns, space, and the body.
Oh it is our pleasure, thanks for reading and participating in it! Yes REGGIE!! I heard there’s a cafe in Brooklyn somewhere where they have a system where you can buy a green tea for Reggie Watts and he comes in daily and picks it up, and they read him your name.
// Friday morning shift gives advice in the style of Humans of New York //
"Ice melts. Everything melts! At some point…"
"Bring lots of socks!!!11"
"watch out for black ice kiddos"
"Tights tights tights. Underneath everything. Two pairs if you can manage."
”It’s New England. Deal with it.”
The highest possible scholarship would be a full scholarship. The college can’t guarantee that everyone’s financial needs will be met in their entirety but it’ll certainly do its best. Financial aid packages go out around the same time as offers of admission, and if there’s something about the amount or the structure that doesn’t work for you, you can totally get in touch with a counselor and see if you can’t work something else out.
Of course, resources are limited, we get so many great and deserving applicants, aaaand you know how it is, really. The important thing is that financial aid is a conversation and absolutely up for discussion.
Hope that helps.
— sarah ‘14
If you have the time to be bored in college, you’re either really lucky or doing college wrong. For the most part, we’re constantly busy with our coursework, but I think a majority of Bennington students would agree when I say we enjoy our work.
What little free time you have (if you’re not catching up on sleep) will probably be spent trying to make it to as many on-campus events as possible. Just this weekend, we’ve got a concert in one of the houses, a student written and directed play (“Bert on Fire” by Sam Mayer ‘14, dir. Julia Mounsey ‘13,) our bi-annual 24-hour Plays, The Dupont Brothers are performing as part of our March Music Series, and that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.
I could write an essay for you about this, but I think this video by Erika Lygren ‘16 will tell you a lot more than I can.
<3 Kagan ‘16
Hello there friend!
You can definitely submit your super long (but awesome!) research paper! Whatever you think will show us a better representation of yourself, and puts you in a revealing, and positive, light!
Ohhhh hmmm yeah. I see where you are coming from. I…I yes…I stalk Mark pretty regularly. It’s a talent crush, to say the least. I’m not sure he knows. Well, he has the internet, so. He may know now. I promise it’s light stalking, Mark! Just the occasional sideglance! But I’m in his Whitman & Dickinson class so it’s easier to do so now mwehehe. I’m not sure it’s our judgment call here in Admissions to make, but from my time getting to know Sir Wunderlich, I would say he might be, at the very least, bemused by your correspondence, and perhaps even intrigued!
Here’s a poem by him to get everybody all excited:
And here’s a wonderful piece he wrote on Plath and her legacy:
Who knows…maybe you might become pen pals?
— Parke ‘15
Students find ways to exercise from classes to the gym to physical activity outside. There are dance classes each term that offer yoga (check out this class), and the Meyer Rec Barn offers yoga classes, too. The school just purchased new exercise equipment, specifically some great new elliptical machines and treadmills.
For swimming, the Bennington Rec Center in town has a pool, and when I was going regularly a couple terms ago, I was surprised to see how many Bennington students were also there.
Whatever gets your blood flowing, there will be other students around you who are into the same activity. When the weather is somewhat warmer than it is now, we flock outside to walk, hike, run, play soccer, basketball, or tennis.
-Kate D. ‘14
Silly? Hanging out? People? Various photos?
We’ve got you covered! Well, Facebook has you covered… We all went looking through our photos and came up with too many. Click here to view our full post: http://benningtonstudents.tumblr.com/post/78017053099
Sincerely, Thursday Morning Shift!
-Sarah G. ‘15
-Alan ‘15 (how I met Parke)
As much as they want. I actually made money on my first two FWTs, and my most recent one could have been free if I didn’t love the Pad Thai place down the street from where I work so much. Granted, I wasn’t exactly living the FWT dream, but I have this theory that the FWT dream is kind of a lie. You can learn a lot even if you are in your hometown and not France. But Parke also went to France for free one time (grant + living with family), so you just have to be so so crafty.
I just asked everyone if the amount of money they spent on their FWTs correlated to the quality of the experience:
Eliana: “not really”