Get ready ‘cause I’m about to give y’all the inside scoop on theater at Bennington.
If you are faint of heart politely excuse yourself now.
International students hear back the same time as Regular Applicants, so you’ll know by April 1st. Hang in there!
- sarah ‘14
Nope! Sorry. Speaking as a native Vermonter, though, I can say if you learn to drive in Vermont from a private driver’s education class, you’ll pretty much be able navigate roads anywhere.
Students have between 2-3 weeks of winter break, depending on when they leave for Field Work Term. So yes, Field Work Term does “take away” from winter break. In my experience, 2-3 weeks is the perfect amount of time at home. I have enough time to see all my friends, spend time with my family and lazily watch at least one season of something on Netflix. After two weeks, I usually get a little cooped up at home and am ready for a change. That said, a good percentage of First Years spend their first Field Work Term at home.
In addition, our Spring Break is also cut short. We usually have a long weekend, 5 days off, instead of the whole week. This is long enough to go adventuring (I went to Montreal with friends last Long Weekend), however you probably won’t be going to down to SXSW, Daytona Beach or other traditional Spring Breaky things.
Also, Field Work Term itself is like a strange, awesome vacation. Though you are working every day, there is no homework at night and you get to do what you want (aka watch another show on Netflix). Also, a lot of students go to different cities or countries for Field Work Term so you get to explore a new place.
In conclusion Field Work Term is really amazing and totally worth missing some of traditional college breaks. And honestly, how much time do you really need with your parents?
- Arden J. ‘16
Hellooooo freezing produce!!
Well I’m wearing a FAUX fur coat in slushy heavy snow so HA HA HAAA A! (Enjoy yourself)
Yes yes don’t you worry, there are often campus and non-campus bands that play in houses (Swan’s a big one but they happen all over) or in our Student Center. There’s an official events committee that brings in bands from the Outside World (maybe you could join it?!) but also a bunch of my musician friends bring people (Frankie Cosmos) here like my OLD ROOMMATE MAYA who was FLATTERED SHAMELESSLY BY F.COSMOS for her BEAUTIFUL VOICE in front of my very EYES and then proceeded to chill out with Frankie and Aaron-from-the-band-Porches in NEW YORK CITY for a weekend. It’s a whatever-type-thing.
Your welcome, dhaal and samosas,
According to Krista over in the Dean’s office, the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 curriculum should be going live on April 22nd! Yeehaw!
A good question will only generate multiple responses so here you go (courtesy of the Friday morning shift):
Julius ‘17: “It’s halfway across the world (Julius is from Japan)”
Liam ‘14: “I still needed time to explore different disciplines. If I went somewhere else I wouldn’t be a music student.”
Ray ‘15: “I wanted to study in multiple disciplines and I fell in love with the sense of community here. And also Oceana Wilson (Crossett Library Overlord).”
Kagan ‘16: “I had a lot of financial aid given to me by the school and I really liked the idea of adding 3-4 lines to my resume through Field Work Term during my time here.”
Rachael ‘15: “Bennington was the opposite of my former college. And my former college was not a wonderful place! I also wanted to go to a school covered in trees.”
Glennis ‘15: “It was love at first sight. I really liked the idea of designing your own curriculum.”
Carlos ‘14: “I came here because I could study architecture through different disciplines. And Field Work Term seemed to be a great opportunity for academic and/or professional growth while still being an undergrad.”
Sara ‘14: “Bennington was among my first choices and they were very generous with their financial aid. I was very lucky!”
We wish you luck with your decision-making!
~Admissions Interns of the Friday Morning Shift
Assuming you’re Regular Decision, DO IT! (If you applied Early Action/Decision, on the other hand, it’s probably too late.)
Happy Flu Season!
<3 Kagan ‘16
Great question! I’ll answer it in parts, but short answer: I think that the Bennington alum is very employable and can be considered competitive in the job market.
As a current senior that just recently spoke to a bunch of alumni from Bennington (specifically, 6 alumni, in a school-sponsored retreat for seniors), I am very confident of my individual chances of landing a sweet job after college, and/or being employable in a specific field, and there are many reasons for that:
1) After 4 years of studying here, nobody will be able to talk as passionately as you can about your ‘concentration’. Even though that little line in your resume will say BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in “X”, I can assure you, nobody will be able to talk as articulately, with a great sense of agency and individuality as you could.
2) You don’t leave Bennington only with a piece of paper that tells you that you’re a college grad. You’re also leaving with potentially 4 internship experiences that can range from volunteer opportunities, assisting an artist or a scientist, working for a design firm, all the way to working at Google or the White House. It’s completely up to you to decide what kinds of things your employer may learn about/how high you want his eyebrows to be raised through potentially 4 lines of info on your resume.
3) Here you’ll be asked why you want to study the things you like, instead of asking you what vocation do you think you want to spend the rest of your life doing. Both are very hard questions to answer when one is 17-18 years-old, and if you leave Bennington with anything, it’ll be with a greater sense of how to navigate that wonderful, chaotic and unpredictable academic mind of yours.
Have I discovered what I want to do for the rest of my time on this Earth? Probably not, but I have a better idea now. Have I learned more about me as a person, a student, a future professional, learning how to deal with academics in a school where the only thing pushing me forward is exactly that thing that keeps me up at night doing work that I feel passionate about? Absolutely.
YES. SO MUCH ARCHITECTURE.
First of all, we don’t have ‘programs’ here, but we most certainly offer architecture courses! And there is an architecture professor, who could become your personal mentor and guiding light in the great adventure that is personalized college education! And there are architecture students here (SPOILER ALERT: I’m one of them) who do eventually go to grad school for architecture to become working architects if they so desire.
Short answer: Yes, you may definitely pursue that field if study if your heart calls out for it, and become an architecture student yourself! You can also just take it for fun, in a spur-of-the-moment kind of decision, and still get something out of it (or with any discipline for that matter).
If you’re interested, here’s a link to my final project for last term!
And here’s a quote from one of my favorite architects, the late Luis Barragán:
"Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake"
Maybe you can join us one day to learn how to make the impermanent beautiful, how to transcend the human condition through drawings and design, how to express serenity…
Of course! Funnily enough, the Rec Barn is so tucked away on campus that I’ve known people who have gone to Bennington for all 4 years of college and wouldn’t know what it looks like in their senior year.
That’s not to say it’s not worth the walk. Far from the truth. It’s got everything you could ask for in, say, a Gold’s Gym or Planet Fitness, except for the $7 Power Shakes. One of my favorite perks is when friends of mine work the desk and DJ while people work out. [shout out to Carlos ‘14] Here are some pictures taken last year.
As for Crossett, well, it’s not so easy to miss.
Crossett is also host to many too-comfortable chairs and warm blankets (provided by librarians for those extra cold days), and they’ll watch your pet fish over Field Work Term, and order pretty much any book, publication, series, VHS, article…basically, anything you could need for your final paper or weekend movie marathon. For more information on Crossett, take a look at the Crossett Blog, run in part by current senior Clara Rotter-Laitman ‘14.
It’s reading season here at Bennington, and the counselors are diligently going through hundreds of applications. So — a friendly, stern reminder from the Admissions Office: please make sure that your application is complete! In particular, we are missing the graded analytical paper, so check up on it, why dontcha? Try this link to make sure everything is squared away….
because if not…*insert spooky ghostly voice here* you will not get your decision on time.
If, for some reason, you do discover that your application isn’t complete, go ahead and shoot your counselor an email. You’re not in trouble, but we do need to get it figured out ASAP. If you don’t know who your counselor is, check here: