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.
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 :)
Keeping it real since ‘92,
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.
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~
<3 Kagan ‘16
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.
SATs are SATs. Don’t let them dampen your day.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to chat about Japan some more!
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.