A few weeks ago I was looking through the old files in my external hard drive and I stumbled across my admissions essay to Bennington. It’s always a little strange reading things that you wrote years ago. Most of the time it doesn’t even feel as if I wrote it. But it was especially eerie to read such a poignant description of how I saw Bennington then and realize that my perception of Bennington has changed very little in four years. It blew my mind to realize that I’ve achieved everything I ultimately wanted to achieve here. All this time I’ve never really stopped feeling like that 19 year old kid who was just trying her best to do good work that somehow makes an impact. It’s incredibly powerful to step back and see the difference between that kid who wanted the validation and permission to share her big ideas, and the sort-of-adult I am now who has made those big ideas into palpable action. Below are some screen grabs of my admissions essay with my own commentary on how I see it today.