Posts tagged Kagan

What are the winters like in Vermont? How hard do you think they'd be for someone who's lived in a relatively sunny climate their whole life? — Asked by Anonymous

here is a pic of me and my friend Army James in our respective winter and army wear back home (New Mexico) taken in the middle of february two years ago:

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here is another pic of me in typical winter attire in vermont also taken in the middle of february this year:

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we adapt. army strong.

kagan16

this might be a dumb question but I'm driving up Friday as an incoming freshman and I was wondering what time we should get to our dorms? Also what time should our parents leave if they're dropping us off? — Asked by Anonymous

Check in is from 9am to 1pm, parent send off is at 4pm and ends at 5. I think I had dinner in town with my parents after that but that send off is the *official* time for parents to say goodbye and pls leave. 

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kagan16

What kind of music ensembles are at Bennington? I'm used to being part of an orchestral group, like wind ensemble and orchestra (I'm a percussionist). Are those kinds of groups offered? Also, do you guys have a radio station? Thanks! — Asked by Anonymous

In terms of orchestral stuff, a good go-to thing is Sage City Symphony, a local full-size symphony that students can participate in. Other than that, there’s usually a brass ensemble, jazz ensemble stuff, but it looks a little different every term. If you’re curious, check out the curriculum’s ensemble tag for fall and spring term courses.

As for radio, we don’t really have a station in the sense of something with a DJ that you’d tune into, but the Bennington Radio Project is a student group that’s focused on generating content in the form of NPR-esque podcasts. You can check them out here, here and here. Glennis is in charge of that. She’s lost in the woods right now but email her at glennish@bennington.edu if you want to know more and if she finds her way back she’ll be able to fill you in.

beep boop 

kagan16

Hey! Is there anyone who has participated in the AVIC Semester Exchange that could share a bit of their experience? :) Thanks ! — Asked by Anonymous

So we’ve actually not had any students in recent memory who’ve participated in the AVIC program. So… sorry about that. If you want a more general idea of how that works here, though, I’d email Kendra Ericson, who’s in charge of Study Abroad and AVIC stuff at kericson@bennington.edu

kagan16

Can we hold more than one FWS job at a time? — Asked by Anonymous

Yup

I had three at one point but I wised up real quick and left one of them. There’s a cap on how much you can earn each term (about $1200) so if you’re working more than one job and you hit the cap early, you can’t work anymore and it’s a pain for everyone. 

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kagan16

What is your architecture program like? also other design classes? do you ever have fashion design classes? — Asked by Anonymous

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so sayeth Architect Carlos ‘14.

As far as fashion design goes, some students choose to study that mainly through costume design. Courses on fashion design itself are pretty few and far between, but with a Plan that combines, say, costume design, art history, social science (because hey who doesn’t need that?) and maybe some independent work, fashion design is definitely manageable here.

kagan16

Is it encouraged to take part in a FWT relatively influenced by your focus of study or rather one quite distant from that focus ? — Asked by Anonymous

I think it’s kind of ok for someone’s first FWT to be a bit out of left field, but it’s preferable to have FWT positions related to what you’re studying, since that’s how you get the more hands-on real world down n dirty of what you may have otherwise only been doing in a classroom setting.

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That being said, even if a FWT position doesn’t seem directly related,  it may still be a valuable experience; just because you’re a drama student doesn’t mean that you should do four FWTs with theatre companies. If you can prove that a position is what’s best for you, then go for it, just as long as you can show that you’re thinking about the connections between your education and your experience(s) in the real world.

kagan16

Sooooo what's the 4G situation on campus? Available? Not available? I love mah 4G :( — Asked by Anonymous

Available*

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*sometimes Verizon is just ok 

What's the gap year policy for applicants? — Asked by Anonymous

You can defer up to one year while still keeping any financial aid/scholarship packages no problem (unless your financial situation changes, in which case the aid may change a bit). It’s just a box you check on your intent to enroll form. 

If you’re thinking about a gap year, I strongly recommend getting in touch with Sarah, our counselor in charge of gap year stuff at smacabee@bennington.edu

gap wisely.

kagan16

Can you guys explain the Plan Process and exactly what that entails? You build your own curriculum and write a paper on it? Do you just say what kind of classes you'll be taking? Thanks. — Asked by Anonymous

Very basically, with the Plan you’re thinking and writing and talking about what exactly you want to do at Bennington. You may be studying physics and literature, but what about those things interests you? Are there any intersections between the two? Maybe you want to get educated in physics so that your science fiction writing can have really solid scientific backing (I don’t know.) Also, and sometimes more importantly, how do you plan on studying these things, through classes, FWTs, outside research, etc. That’s where building and justifying your own curriculum comes in, as well as potential FWTs, maybe even study abroad. 

If you’re still curious, here’s a quick overview of the Plan Process year by year.

kagan16 

How much clothing should we bring? I know that people say "not a lot" but for me a lot would be like one box. So, using boxes as a unit, how much clothing should I bring? — Asked by Anonymous

probably no more than one box

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depends on how many outfits you want to have i guess?

-kagan ‘16

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

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

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

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.