There is a yarn shop up in Manchester (Yarns for the Soul) that is pretty cool and they give discounts to college students. There is also a lady who sells it from her farm (Shaftsbury Alpaca), just outside of North Bennington - but visit her when you’ve got lots of time as she can be chatty.
As far as knitters on campus, there are lots! I am a huge knitter and I would be happy to work with you. There isn’t a formal knitting club but lots of people sit together and knit with friends. Also, maybe you can find a cool yarn store during FWT - I always buy a skein to remember a place.
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Leave it. Unless you are in a class that has you playing you probably will be too busy with everything else to play.
I played bassoon in high school and took a class my freshman year. I toted my bassoon around until junior year when I realized I hadn’t played it since my class and I finally took it home.
I will always advocate for having less things at school. If you need it after FWT or your junior year, bring it then. But, for now, leave it.
You can get some brands on campus and beyond that there are a lot of pharmacies in the area. I personally recommend Hannaford because Ken, one of the pharmacists is fantastic. But there are also pharmacies at Price Chopper, CVS, and Rite-Aid.
I would imagine it depends on the teacher and the class. I’ve never seen anyone do it, but I’m sure it happens and I’m sure you could do it. I would ask each teacher beforehand.
What are you currently working on? I’m a huge knitter and trying to bust through my stash so I don’t have to keep moving it around every 3 months…
EDIT: I had a friend who used to knit in our creative writing classes. I’d still say it depends on the professor, but just wanted to note that it has been done.
You’re in luck! If you come in when you are over 24 then you are allowed to live off-campus automatically. So, find an apartment near North Bennington that allows dogs and I can guarantee that having a dog will mean that you have lots of students who want to be your friend (myself included).
There are rules for alcohol in the housing. If you’re over 21 then you’re allowed to have and consume alcohol in your room as long as everyone else around you is of legal age.
Hope that helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to email me. email@example.com
Do you have 14-16 credits?
If so, you will be plenty busy. Trust me.
If not, we will figure it out when you get here. If you still have questions get in contact with Kate Child from Academic Services.
In my experience, it’s not about how many hours you spend in class that makes your schedule challenging.
Solid advice from our correspondent in Chicago. I echo her sentiment.
Don’t pack much. Really. Truly. Please for everyone’s sake pack as few clothes as possible. I wouldn’t expect a vast influx of t-shirts, but please don’t overpack! On the sweaters and jackets, it really depends - maybe late September, maybe October, definitely by November. You will feel it when the time comes.
Do, however, bring lots of lamps! Most rooms don’t have an overhead light so lamps are essential. That being said, our local Home Depot, Goodwill, Sears, and Walmart (all located very close to campus) have an amazing selection of lamps that you can buy upon your arrival at Bennington.
Also, a friendly PSA from your local firefighter: Christmas lights are a fire hazard.
-Glennis & Emily
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!