Every week I go to see my advisor, Carol Pal, for a fifteen minute meeting. The advisor-student relationship is one of my favorite parts about Bennington: every student has a faculty advisor, and everybody has a different relationship with their advisor based on personality and needs. I know some people who have really close, emotional relationships with their advisors and feel totally comfortable breaking down crying in their office during the more difficult parts of term. I, personally, would never ever do that to Carol. There was maybe ONE time that I mentioned I was going through a break up and explained that was why I hadn’t fulfilled something I had meant to do before seeing her. Mostly, I check in with Carol every week to get her opinion on the state of my senior work, to let her know how classes are going, to ask for her help when I need it, and to see if she has any Girl Scout cookies. But just because I’ve never cried in front of her doesn’t mean our advisor-student relationship isn’t rock solid. At this point in my education, I would be a much crazier, less together, way more confused student without Carol’s guidance!