Posts tagged Bennington College

Can we use tacks on the walls for pictures? Or is that frowned upon.. — Asked by Anonymous

I sincerely hope it isn’t frowned upon because I just hung up, like, three posters in my room using tacks…

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kagan ‘16

I'm from Europe and i want to apply for this collage. I want to apply for full scholarship. My question is how hard is to get the scholarship and what else i have to pay for if i get it (or is it expensive to live on the campus etc.) — Asked by Anonymous

I say, apply and wait to see what kind of aid you get. We’re better at aid than you would assume given our size — especially with international students.

As for costs on campus, you can go all year without spending a dime. You probably won’t, but you could. Once you’re on campus everything is free: you can get all your food through the meal plan and all concerts are free as well. A class in the rec barn might have a one-time fee and you might have a health service co-pay; but beyond that you can pretty much get buy without spending any money.

Alan ‘15

I’ve never been a fan girl of a social theorist before, but I just pre-ordered her new book
overheard in admissions, re: Willful Subjects by Sarah Ahmed
Is there a lot of partying on campus? And if so, are they "good old fashioned fun" parties, or "let's get totally wasted bruh" parties? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes - We have lots of parties on campus. There are bigger house parties, roughly one per weekend, and then smaller parties in people’s rooms. If I’m in the mood (who am I kidding when am I not in the mood) I can always find a party to go to, usually without leaving my house. This past term I hosted a “Safety Party” in my room. I framed my windows and my trimmings with caution tape and covered every surface in my room (floor included) with bubble wrap. I made everyone attending wear a helmet and I played lots of safety related music - (Safety Dance was of course the most played song of the night). I’m choosing not to conform to your two categories of ‘party’ but if you’re looking for either you won’t be disappointed, but I promise parties are plentiful. There is lots of fun to be had. 

- Eliana ‘15

No. I mean, yes there are parties. And the parties party (phenomenology of the party). But the student students, and so I don’t find myself partying. Okay, sorry. It depends what kind of community you are in. Noyes was always pretty quiet on Friday and Saturday nights; people would spend time together watching movies or playing games, but go elsewhere if they felt like partying. We did have a few events which were smaller (“Noyes to Meet You”) which were casual and emphasized mingling over grinding, and tortilla chips over vodka. What I’m saying is, the party scene isn’t in your face and even those of us who don’t want to go wild have spaces to have a good time while still maintaining our sobriety, but more importantly, our dignity.

- Alan ‘15 

Does the post office on campus sell stamps and shipping supplies or would we have to go to another location for that? — Asked by Anonymous

You can get all that stuff here! Envelopes are at the bookstore and bigger boxes you may have to grab from, like, the recycling bin behind Commons, but it is entirely possible to ship something without even thinking about setting foot off campus. 

so simple~!

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kagan ‘16

I've been reading some reviews that say that the surrounding city is really isolated and a bit of a culture shock for those who are accustomed to city life. How accurate is that? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes, it might be a bit of “culture shock” but “culture shock” is kind of a bad metaphor we use for these things. I imagine someone being thrown into a pool against their will and being electrocuted. Movie Idea: a spin-off of “Hostel” called “Culture Shock.”

Anyway, culture shock isn’t a traumatic experience. You might be sad that you have to drive to Williamstown or Manchester to get Thai Food. This might make you sad for a day or two. Then you will walk to powers market and have high quality Vermont cheese on your sandwich and this will make you happy again.

Beyond that, it is quieter than you’re used to. And your cynicism may no longer be applicable to your environment. Also nice: being able to walk to class in five minutes.

But it is a culture shock for everyone, I think. It was odd for me to go from a large public suburban high school to here, just because the people here don’t all wear Uggs, Northface, drink Starbucks and look identical to one another. There isn’t really a dominant unifying culture, and everyone has to adjust to that.

Alan ‘15

is there still a graffiti wall near / around vapa outside ? — Asked by Anonymous

there is some graffiti on the walls around vapa, but no graffiti wall.  I imagine a graffiti wall may be something that a few students could work out with staff to start up, but as far as I know, if you do graffiti on any wall on campus right now, it’s CRIME. and we’re not big fans of CRIME

kagan ‘16

Is there a way to change my main bton account password? I can't seem to remember mine for more than a week at a time. — Asked by Anonymous



I would advise calling it, and by that I do not mean yelling “password, password!” until it arrives. I mean calling the I.T. office at 802-442-5401 ex. 4476.

Alan ‘15

So, in response to a few of you putting up your emails: are those only for incoming freshman or rising seniors applying as well? #followup: I have a weird track record of talking a bit too casually (like with an old friend) when emailing people. What are you guys looking for in these emails? What do you want out of your own interactions? Or- do you think it varies from intern to intern? Love you guys & thank you, a.d. — Asked by Anonymous

Prospective students are as welcome as people who already got into the college, of course!  We’ll be seeing them in about a week anyway, whereas this is just the beginning with all of you.  

Upon deliberation, we in the office have decided that you can be as friendly as you want in the emails.  But, we’re going to put kissing of girls and all others off-limits… it’s just unprofessional.  Our primary motivation was that we were bored and wanted people to talk to, so if you email us, that’s what we’re looking for.

We love you too, a.d.  Just not in a kissing way.

-Ray ‘15

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kagan ‘16

In a past post I noticed that a student was recommended to leave their cello at home. As a current composer here, I beg to differ. PLEASE BRING IT. No matter your talent this campus always needs more performers! If you love it you'll find time. — Asked by Anonymous

PLEASE
you’re our only hope

Alan ‘15

FWS stuff ayy lmao

Lots of FWS questions. First off, I’ll say that job selection, what’s required, how jobs work, etc. will depend on the position and department. Requirements for working in the Usdan Gallery are different than requirements for working with IT or AV services, and each job will also be different. There’s really no overarching answer as to how getting a job on campus works other than to be proactive. If you haven’t heard back about a position you’ve applied for more than a week ago, I would definitely send an email! Don’t be rude, just remind them that you’re there.

So lets pretend I lost my schedule? That would be crazy am I right! Who can I email/call to get a new copy? — Asked by Anonymous

Man, what a hugely implausible scenario.  You’ve given all of us in the office a good laugh, to think that could ever happen.  But, hypothetically… you could go to https://bennington.populiweb.com/ and log in using your bennington email.  Your schedule would be on the right under “Courses,” and you could click on each course and look on the right to see when it’s being held.  Hypothetically.

-Ray ‘15

Are there places in Bennington where I can get my eyebrows done? — Asked by Anonymous

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- Eliana ‘15

what if I want to spend winter break on campus with a friend? can that person stay in my room? thanks a lot! — Asked by Anonymous

Campus is closed for winter break, and students actually have to move out by 3pm on December 13. 

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kagan ‘16

I'm interested in either technical theater or art at Bennington and I was wondering if it's necessary to submit a portfolio? If so, what would you recommend including in it? — Asked by Anonymous

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my friend the portfolio isn’t required but we’d love one! we love portfolios! I would even go so far as to say we could be considered “Portfolio Fans”! I was really into making comics when I was in high school, so my portfolio consisted of a bunch of comics and pages from my sketchbook. Nothing too fancy, since it was all stuff I did at home outside of class. Include any of that stuff, pictures of your art, a set or prop you helped build, an acting reel, anything. 

"but how the h*ll do i show you all this stuff??" Another intern here, we call him Sweet Jeremy, posted a comprehensive guide to the more technical side of the portfolio submission. for you!

kagan ‘16