// Friday morning shift gives advice in the style of Humans of New York //
"Ice melts. Everything melts! At some point…"
"Bring lots of socks!!!11"
"watch out for black ice kiddos"
"Tights tights tights. Underneath everything. Two pairs if you can manage."
”It’s New England. Deal with it.”
Hello there friend!
You can definitely submit your super long (but awesome!) research paper! Whatever you think will show us a better representation of yourself, and puts you in a revealing, and positive, light!
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
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…
There is only one kind of meal plan, and most students are on it by default. The school’s meal plan can be explained through the following bullet points:
- Monday —> Friday : ~ Breakfast
- Saturday—>Sunday: ~ Continental Breakfast OR Brunch
- Grand Total: ~ 19 Meals
If I’m not mistaken, Domino’s pizza is the food of choice that is brought to campus via delivery. Probably because of their awesome PIZZA TRACKER!
It’s pretty rad! You can choose from 6 different themes, and not only does it show you how your order is doing in real-time, but it makes the very detached process of ordering pizza a little more human, since you can see if it’s Ricky who is prepping it, Tom putting in the oven, Melissa doing the quality check, and if it’s Robert delivering to you!
You can also order from Ramunto’s, my personal favorite pizza/wings place in town. And you can order takeout at Lucky Dragon or China Wok (both chinese food places).
In terms of getting there, you have a couple choices.
1) Go via the Green Mountain Express, the free bus service that we can use and stops at the college.
2) Go via campus shuttle, if it’s after 6 and it’s running!
3) Go via a friend that has a car!
4) Bike (???)
Hope this helps!
Yesterday, I had my final critique for my architecture class, Twisted Siblings: Relationships Between Painting and Architecture. I designed a pavilion and the landscape it sits on based off specific compositional cues that I took from two paintings that I analyzed during the term (for those interested, they were this Christopher Wool painting and this painting by Sarah Morris). I was interested in the idea of designing a landscape that is informed by specific axial gestures, and that is only understandable through the pavilion that sits above the entire landscape. In a way, the landscape would only be readable because of the pavilion, and the pavilion is only there because of the landscape.
A proud Carlos!
Site plan view of my model!
Model detail with George the 1/4 scale male model!
Plan and section (pencil on bristol)!
Exploded axonometric/sketch/conceptual drawing (pencil, pen, on bristol)!
I don’t know if this is the answer you were looking for, my friend, but this is something that didn’t exist until two days ago, that stems from the things that keep me up at night you know? To most people, these images are just cool-looking drawings and models, that relate to architecture. These are the results of my passions here, the craft that I don’t mind not sleeping a lot (or at all) for. I try to rationalize why I like making meticulous pencil drawings on paper that does not forgive my mistakes, drawings that take hours to make, a process that does not allow for erratic decisions or irrational gestures…but it’s what I love doing. The beauty of slowness, of process, of not sleeping more than 2 hours in 2 days just to talk about an idea for 15 minutes!.
But look at how happy it makes me!
I went out and took some pictures of a lot of kitchens, to give you a better overview of the average kitchen.
This kitchen belongs to Bingham. “This is a small kitchen” said Bingham resident Iris ‘16. Roughly 30 square feet!
This is me with Iris’ mug in the microwave:
Bingham has two kitchens, like many other colonials, this is the other one, slightly bigger, roughly 45 square feet:
It has a real nice aperture:
Straight off the bat: DON’T GIVE UP ON GETTING IN. Just don’t.
We want to know what kind of student you are, and grades don’t really show that (they try, but the problems with the standardization of the capabilities of human beings is another response entirely).
Submitting SAT scores is optional when applying to Bennington, so on paper, you can say that the school does not even require SAT scores to admit a student. We want to know what you’re passionate about, why you’re attracted to this school, what wakes you up/keeps you up, etc etc. A 3.2 or 3.8 or 2.8 GPA does not show this.
If you want to come to this school, apply. Period.
And yes, there are many students who didn’t do too well in high school who happen to prove that they are amazing students when doing the things that they actually want to study/make/do for the time being :)
Keeping it real since ‘92,
I think you should submit as many things as you want that can show us who you are, what you’re interested in pursuing, what kind of work you like to do, etc. Submit anything that you’re proud of. Submit work that you’re satisfied with, work that makes you happy, work that taught you something.
But in the end, show us work that can help us see who you are, my friend.
Here’s a penguin! He’s pretty cute and happy all the time, I find.
As promised, and without further ado, this is a semi-factual account of how a not-so-typical Friday looks like for me:
7:30AM - I woke up and shaved.
7:35AM - I was blinded by the sunlight because it was bright out.
7:45AM - Nutritous breakfast time! YUM! (note how red the ketchup is!)