Posts tagged Bennington

Hi Bennington! Two quick things: 1. I was recently named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, and I was wondering if this is something I should include on my application, or should I leave it out since it's a purely stuffy, academic-y thing? 2. I have the chance to do my interview next Sunday in NYC, and I really want to because I'm so excited for, but would it be detrimental to my chances if I do it so early? In other words, will they forget about me by the time of admission decisions? — Asked by faeyerotiggular

hi faeyerotiggular two quick answers

1. National Merit is pretty d*ng impressive and definitely would NOT hurt to mention on your application! We won’t even get that jealous

2. If you don’t feel confident about interviewing right now and are able to set an interview up later, go ahead and wait. The counselors here are pretty smart and it’s likely that they won’t forget who you are, and it’s even more likely they won’t forget who you are if you have a really awesome conversation with them during your interview. So if you’re ready, go for it! If not, wait! 

everything is o-KAY

kagan16

I’m studying math and physics recently decided that my life was woefully short on BLACK HOLES and other SPACE ODDITIES so I talked to one of my professors and he lent me this awesome (very ’80s) book. It offers a ton of really interesting facts about the nature of space and formation of stars; it also has some dope pictures of galaxies and nebulae throughout. 
~ Maddy ‘16

I’m studying math and physics recently decided that my life was woefully short on BLACK HOLES and other SPACE ODDITIES so I talked to one of my professors and he lent me this awesome (very ’80s) book. It offers a ton of really interesting facts about the nature of space and formation of stars; it also has some dope pictures of galaxies and nebulae throughout. 

~ Maddy ‘16

Does Bennington ever allow class visits for prospective students? Specifically those interested in acting? — Asked by Anonymous

Bennington both allows and encourages class visits for prospective students! I sat in on an acting class on my first visit to Bennington and it was a great experience.

This link will help you schedule a visit: 

http://www.bennington.edu/Admissions/visit.aspx

Or give us a call: 800-833-6845

And we’ll set you up!

- Matt ‘17

I've heard Bennington is really isolated, does this effect students negatively or is it okay? — Asked by Anonymous

The honest answer to this question is both. Existing on top of a hill above a little town can cause a feeling of claustrophobia. With this, it’s the same thing that makes our school unique, and I find that the lack of opportunity outside the campus contributes to the opportunities inside the campus. For example, because most people live on campus, we are able to have strong house communities - where freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all live together and there’s no segregation between classes. The seclusion inspires all kinds of on-campus events and social gatherings, in which people really have the ability to bring their ideas to the Bennington community and can to make them happen. Also, for those that want to experience other communities from time to time, there are many towns to visit nearby - Williamstown, Manchester, Albany - and it’s about a 3 hour trip to NYC. Basically, your experience here is what you make it!

Nila ‘17

P.S. the seclusion is what gives us this crazy beautiful view!!image

Taste of the Townhouse

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Rainbow salad with arugula, beets, tomatoes and carrots. Root vegetables from Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT. 

Here’s to good eats!

-Selina ‘15

What buildings on campus are open 24 hours? — Asked by Anonymous

All of ‘em.

The ones where they keep the lights on are VAPA, CAPA, a set of study rooms in the library, and Jennings.  You can wander through most of the other buildings but you’ll need the above pictured sweet twisty keys if you want to go in the rooms.  Also, Campus Safety does not recognize the use of sweet twisty keys.  Your mileage and disciplinary sentencing may vary.  Alan, additionally, wishes me to remind you that in the Bennington educational philosophy, “freedom” is defined as “not the absence of restraint.”*

-Ray ‘15

* “…but rather the fullest possible substitution for restraint imposed by others for restraint imposed by the self.”  This applies equally to the Plan process and the availability of banned housebreaking instruments via the internet.

If I wanted to compete in forensics/debate but I couldn't sustain a group at Bennington, could I join the Williams College debate team? — Asked by Anonymous

Well, if you check out the Williams College Debating Union FAQ you will see they say “Everyone!” can join - but according to Ashley, our Williams alum turned Bennington admissions counselor, their club is not one of the biggest and is likely just formed by a small group of Williams students. 

But hey, don’t give up on Bennington yet! We don’t have a formal debate organization on campus yet but new clubs are always forming and often get rolling with surprising momentum. Our fencing and ultimate frisbee clubs are only recently formed groups but have gained enough traction to travel and compete. So, persevere and maybe even face our friendly purple cow neighbors at the podium one day.

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- Sam ‘16

Why does Bennington have to be so perfect? :) — Asked by Anonymous

imageOh….purrrrrrrfect you say?????????????

is the bennington admissions staff big on recommendations? — Asked by Anonymous

he’ll yeah! we’re so big on recommendations that we require two of them! they’re so cool because we like to get the scoop the whole scoop and nothing but the scoop on you! of course it’s cool to hear what you have to say about yourself, but sometimes we wanna know what other people have to say about you (as a student, no less!)

go get those RECS

kagan16

Bennington Radio Project

Follow the BRP’s new Tumblr! We post links to various podcasts we’re listening to and our original content will be coming soon!

Listen to some of our older work here.

it’s called attendance but it’s really self-actualization manifest
Eileen Scully, history teacher, on taking attendance in my Explorations in Public History class this morning. 
What have you, and people you know done for field work term so far? Any amazing experiences? — Asked by Anonymous

No amazing experiences allowed —

Just kidding.  I feel as though Field Work Term requires amazing experiences.  Even if on the surface the job seems to be mundane, there is a certain magic in knowing the work you are doing away from school informs and supports your academic pursuits at Bennington.  There’s no way to categorize Field Work Terms as each experience is subject to the individual student.  So here’s a swath of some favorites from the //kids in the admissions office// //wednesday afternoon shift// //go team!//

This last winter, I was in Tokyo working with an alternative education think-tank.  I was working with some peers to develop a theater piece on the cultural disparities between Japanese and American life.  To put it simply…  My first time out of the country.  I miss Tokyo so much and cannot wait to go back. - Jeremy ‘16 

My sophomore year I went to Bolivia to learn and exchange fiber arts skills with a community of traditional textile artists. My days were spent weaving, knitting, crocheting, taking long walks in the Andes, laughing and trying communicate in my second language. I was able to go back this past summer to visit for a couple weeks and dance in the annual fiesta. Wish I was there now! - Selina ‘15

This past fwt I spent working in a neuroscience research lab in the lovely Eugene, Oregon. The lab was researching the neurocircuitry of decision-making in Caenorhabditis Elegans, a really really really tiny nematode. I had a ton of fun working in the lab but I think the best part was actually living and cooking for myself in a beautiful microhome, and commuting to work every day. - Alex ‘16

Omg ok so my very first FWT was spent at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in upstate New York - a huge and important time for me personally and academically. My days were spent learning how to meditate (and doing it daily), making eggs for Tibetan monks and nuns, making and lighting 1,000 butter-lamps every weekend, filling offering bowls with safron water, incense, and flowers, collecting German alternative pop-rock music from one of the ex-Alaskan-fisherman monks, and converting hours of footage of the community’s many aid trips to Nepal from VHS to digital. -Chloe ‘16

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<3 the wednesday afternoon shift

Does Bennington accept CLEP scores for college credits? or if I have a 700+ score in SAT chemistry or math level II, will I get any kind of credits or exemptions? Thanks in advance!!! — Asked by Anonymous

Hello!

Unfortunately no, we do not accept CLEP or SAT scores as college credits. We do accept some AP scores, but this will have to get discussed and approved by someone in the Dean’s Office. Here is a link to our complete credit transfer policy.

Best!

Chloe ‘16

Intermediate Playwriting: Scene and Structure, Day One.We had a big mess of symbols and we had to tell the story of Jack &amp; Jill in six frames. For next class we have to adapt one image into a full scene. Collages! This one was a collaboration between my friend Haley and me.Alan &#8216;15

Intermediate Playwriting: Scene and Structure, Day One.

We had a big mess of symbols and we had to tell the story of Jack & Jill in six frames. For next class we have to adapt one image into a full scene. Collages! This one was a collaboration between my friend Haley and me.

Alan ‘15

Are those reaction jpgs facebook emoticons or characters kagan drew? — Asked by Anonymous

i didn’t draw them

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http://www.stickersemoticon.com/mobile-girl-mim-facebook-stickers/

Mobile Girl MiM by Funny Eve

kaga16