Not to worry! There’s just one supplement to take care of, and I’ll explain it in a little more detail. First of all, Bennington uses the Common App, so everything in the general application applies to our school as well. The main essay prompt is pretty fluid - I think there are a few different prompts on various subjects that you can write about, but there’s also the option of basically writing about whatever you want. Even though that’s a pretty big idea to wrap your head around, I think it might be the easiest (and most fun) option just because it gives you the opportunity to write about something you’re really excited/passionate about.
As for the Bennington supplement, you can actually take a look at the document itself right here. Mostly just some short-answer questions and then a larger (optional) prompt to write another essay, draw a picture, share some knowledge bombs, whatever floats your boat. It’s the Think Out Loud section at the bottom of the supplement.
Anyway, I hope this is helpful. If you have any more questions about the application process (or anything else Bennington-related (or, hey, even life advice)) feel free to email me at email@example.com.
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.