Nope! We just posted a post about this last week (actually, it’s still on the front page). We do have grades and most students choose to take them. I’ve taken them every term. In addition to grades we receive a narrative evaluation for each class.
I like grades because I’ve always had them and I have an exact measure of my performance. But, it’s not always all about measuring up to others which is why the evaluations are great. They are usually a paragraph or two of critical feedback of how I did in the class. I find the evaluations extremely helpful and often very on point as to where I struggled or what I could do to improve as well as where I did well.
Hope that clears the air.
There isn’t an ice rink in Bennington, there is one about a half hour away in Manchester, VT. However, when it gets cold Lake Paran in North Bennington freezes. No guarantee that there won’t be snow on the ice, but its there for you if you want it. My friend, and fellow intern, Selina is an amazing skater and she has skated outside before.
Also, not on ice, but requires related skills: Roller-rama, our super fun rollerskating event that happens each term. The school gets a ton of roller skates and we roll around Greenwall, one our our performance spaces, for a while. There is a disco ball, candy, and lots of other fun. Selina and the other figure skaters are always the stars of the night.
Hope that helps!
nope! Same price. Singles that are available are first given to juniors and seniors and then, if there are open spaces, there is a lottery for sophomores.
I’m so sorry if I’ve given you the wrong opinion - what I meant was that swimming as I do it isn’t something where other people come regularly. (To be totally honest, I like having the time to myself and it can get stressful to share it with people)
Sports are popular here. I mean, we aren’t the University of Michigan or anything, but we do have an intramural soccer team that is big and plays schools like Marlboro and Simon’s Rock among others. We also have an Ulitmate Frisbee team that plays in tournaments with Dartmouth and UVM to name a few schools.
Truly intramural sports, by which I mean happening within Bennington, are things like volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball (crazy competitive and very very popular). There are lots of people who go rock climbing both at the gym and on real rocks as well as a bunch of people who go biking most days. We live in a really beautiful place and a place that lends itself to being outdoors. Camping, canoeing, snowshoeing etc. (plus gear rental from the rec barn on campus)
Of course, not to be forgotten, not a specific sport but the annual house gym competition. Every time you go to the gym you get a point for the house you live in. The house with the most points at the end of the term wins something (I’m not sure what, my house hasn’t won).
P.S The Ultimate team is a great example of a couple of students who were interested in something and then started a team. It club is only 2 years old.
1 College Dr.
Bennington VT 05201
The great thing about being at a college this size is that everything, and I mean everything, comes to the same address. If you mail something before the start of school just mark that you’re an incoming First Year so the post office knows who you are. (The mailboxes aren’t set up yet)
Yeah, totally. According to the student handbook TV’s (and other electronics) are allowed as long as they are under 1000 watts. 1000 watts is a lot of watts and I think after some googling that it’s safe to say that most TV’s won’t exceed that. Unless of course, you’re mom was thinking about buying you this.
Which may be a bit excessive. But who am I to judge?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!! I am so excited by this question. Yes, we have both a pool and a lake and I am very frequent visitor to both. The pool is in Bennington and the lake, Lake Paran, is in North Bennington. The lake is a 20ish minute walk from campus and the pool is a drive. In fact, I run the swimming club which is me going swimming and if you want to join you just let me know. If you don’t want to go with me there is also a shuttle that can take you.
Over here on the East Coast we are more Green Mountain Coffee people. (Disclaimer: I say ‘we’, but I’m probably the only person on this campus who doesn’t drink coffee) While there aren’t really coffee shops on campus there are plenty of places you can get it for free. Admissions (bring your own mug), Student Life, the Bookstore etc. I can only speak to the Admissions coffee scene but we have a K-cups of a variety of flavors (blends? coffee is confusing) as well as a lot of teas.
There are some awesome free range, organic, local (those first two were a joke) places around Bennington/North Bennington. There is Nite Jars which is a tea house and South Street Cafe which is a popular study spot. Not to be forgotten is Brown Cow Cafe which serves Mocha Joe’s coffee which is coffee roaster in Brattleboro. Cathy’s Coffee is also in Bennington and a few other places.
You could also go the route many people take (I say many people, but I really mean my boyfriend) who grinds his coffee every morning and then uses a seemingly complex process using air to press his coffee. I don’t understand it, but he does so we’re good.
The coffee drinkers around me urge you take a hiatus from you Seattle/LA/San Francisco coffee and try some Vermont coffee. Plus you will have some cool new things to bring home to your friends.
Happy coffee drinking!
Sarah wishes she had brought more sweaters
Evan says to bring one comfort book, something that you’ve read before but that you can go to if you need a moment away from everything. But, one book, not 30.
I say, don’t bring too much stuff! Pretty much every First Year brings too much stuff. Leave all of those books, DVD’s, shoes, and clothes and other sentimental things that you think you need at home. Especially books, you won’t have time to read them and also you’ve got an amazing library at your fingertips. Take a minimalist approach to things. Remember also that Bennington isn’t as rural as you think it is and you can buy things here.
That’s our advice!
There are lots of different jobs around campus. In addition to being an admissions intern I am also a woodshop monitor so I get paid to help people in the woodshop and also to make sure they don’t cut off an finger. (10 fingers, 10 toes that’s the motto of my shift) beyond having fun with sawdust and blogging you can work as a darkroom monitor, octopus lab tech, music librarian, regular librarian, Field Work Term peer adviser, student life front desk guru, or as the Baker’s Assistant in the Dining Hall. You can work in the scene shop, the costume shop, you can be paid to do lights and/or sound for theaters. You can work as the physics lab tech, or a chem lab tech, among others. There are also opportunities to be a POD monitor (the digital arts work space), a video cage monitor, a metalshop monitor, a writing tutor, you can work with communications, you could work at the gym, work at the climbing wall, work with A/V, run sound in the student center, work at the bookstore, deliver newspapers, work in campus safety, drive the shuttle, be a recording tech, assist various teachers, staff, and techs. You can work in maintenance, in the ceramic studio, be on the gallery crew in VAPA, monitor the gallery, lead admissions tours (and work in admissions in general), stuff mailings, cook food at the student center, work in the dining hall, or you could work on the farm just to name a few. There are also stipend positions like being a Pre-Orientation leader, an Orientation Leader, being a House Chair, being on the board of the Student Endowment for the Arts, and the head of the Student Educational Policies Committee among others.
So. There’s a lot and I’m sure I missed a ton of stuff. Don’t ask me details on any of them because I don’t really know - except for the woodshop and admissions, of course.
Some of these jobs require a little experience (classes) and some are open for everyone. Don’t fret if you’ll find something, it may not be your first term, but you’ll find something.
I don’t know what to tell you - make a facebook? wait until orientation? Convince everyone to join myspace? yell really loudly?
You’re probably not the only one in the class without a facebook, don’t stress. You can make one just to be in the group or call the office to chat with some cool Bennington students.
Best of luck!