last year, 14 out of 1100 applications (1.2%) were from students whose permanent address was somewhere in Colorado.
Hello Ann(i)e and welcome to the bennington students blog tapped IN
Glad to hear that you’re doing some research! If I had to describe Bennington super concisely, I’d say it’s like a really really hard summer camp except we’re here during the fall and spring instead of summer! That may sound kind of weird but it’s actually pretty nice if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. I’m into it. One thing I hate hate absolutely hate is when the dining hall drink machines run out of ice!!!!!
if you want to know more about things I like and hate please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will provide you with a comprehensive excel spreadsheet listing these things as well as where they land on the Josef Mundt Love-Hate scale.
Kagan (pronounced Kaygen) ‘16
Better upwards than downwards, am i right??
but for real, health issues are a perfectly valid excuse for this sort of thing. 3.5->4.0 doesn’t sound too extreme, but if you’re concerned at all, just make sure you’re in communication with your counselor so that they know what the story is.
This goes for any concerns, grades or otherwise! talk to your counselor! they know that things are literally changing all the time and that some things are just beyond our control! We’re all humans here!
we must maintain the balance
Not a huge deal either way. It depends more on when you and your counselor can schedule one, so if that happens before you submit your app, that’s ok. If it happens after, also ok!
Depends. Do you want to have the type of job where you get hired because your interviewer was like “oh d*mn you went to harvward here’s a job”? Because that probably wouldn’t happen with a Bennington degree (I dunno how often that happens at all these days…) No one will see that you went to Bennington, though, and not hire you because of that.
You’re just going to have to learn how to advocate for yourself and your skills, which is definitely something most Bennington students learn how to do through things like the Plan Process and Field Work Term. We’re like, self-advocacy pros. Having to constantly think about and back up the hows and whys of you’re studying what you’re studying will do that to a person. Plus, after four Field Work Terms, you get pretty good at applying and interviewing for jobs.
I think it’s safe to say that when it comes down to it, who you are is more important than where you went to school.
it’s still not the 80’s, pal!
EDIT: look at this thing i yoinked from the FWT office!
(tbh i didn’t yoink it they gave it to me)
hi im here to help
you can also call us at 802-440-4312
do NOT be SCARED let’s talk (this goes for anyone+everyone! i can answer a million emails a day EASY)
hello i am an arty
How hard are you willing to work? Art courses (actually, most courses at Bennington) tend to be as intense as you make them, especially with more labor-intensive stuff like ceramics or printmaking or animation. There probably isn’t much in terms of just one-off, no-work classes, but I guess you could slide through a drawing class, say, doing the bare minimum and maybe get a marginal pass, but what’s the point of that?
Some of the courses I’ve learned the most from have also been the most intense and, at times, frustrating, both in assignments and critiques. I’ve worked for hours on certain assignments just to get (helpfully) torn apart in class critiques. Usually, a few hours later (or a few weeks later if i got really mad!!) I’d realize just how much more helpful my getting torn apart was.
So yeah, as with any class here, if you’re willing to work and you’re open to critique, art classes can be immensely helpful. Or, if you’re just taking a course because you’re curious about, I dunno, how to silkscreen, you could have a good time and learn how to do the thing without it being the most intense course you’re taking that term.
hi faeyerotiggular two quick answers
1. National Merit is pretty d*ng impressive and definitely would NOT hurt to mention on your application! We won’t even get that jealous
2. If you don’t feel confident about interviewing right now and are able to set an interview up later, go ahead and wait. The counselors here are pretty smart and it’s likely that they won’t forget who you are, and it’s even more likely they won’t forget who you are if you have a really awesome conversation with them during your interview. So if you’re ready, go for it! If not, wait!
everything is o-KAY
he’ll yeah! we’re so big on recommendations that we require two of them! they’re so cool because we like to get the scoop the whole scoop and nothing but the scoop on you! of course it’s cool to hear what you have to say about yourself, but sometimes we wanna know what other people have to say about you (as a student, no less!)
go get those RECS
i didn’t draw them
Mobile Girl MiM by Funny Eve
The drama application process is the same as all our other application processes because we only have one application process.
Basically, you’ll get an email after you submit the Common App stuff telling you how to access your Bennington supplement page, which is where you’ll upload whatever you want us to see—stuff like acting reels, portfolios, etc… So we don’t have any formal application auditions. If you want to be in a drama production once you get here, there are auditions for those, but nothing before then.
yeah take a comic book and put in your real book so it liooks like youre still studying!!!!!
But for real, I’ll say this: we get your transcript at the end of your senior year. Your whole transcript. So if Bennington or another college you’re going to sees that in the spring before you graduate your grades go from all A’s to all C’s or something, it won’t just be dismissed as “lol senioritis”
I dunno, actually try to like your senior year! I know it can be hard to, but does school have to be a chore? Is Skool not Kool? Is ball not life? A few (two) other interns have also posted about senioritis in the past. Julia’s bulleted list is especially helpful.
Class-wise, not really. There aren’t any straight up journalism courses here, but a lot of courses in CAPA, Literature, Political Science, Photography, Stats, etc., teach things relevant to (photo)journalism. There’s also the BFP, a student-run paper that reports on campus stuff and events in town.
Also! here’s a secret: you can basically do whatever you want for FWT. You want to work with a journalist? Fine! or with a news agency or site of some sort? Okay! Are you Jason Moon ‘13 and did you work with NPR for a FWT? Probably not but he did do that!
Anyways my point is that there’s not an explicit journalism TRACK here, but if you’re an active thinker you probably could study journalism at Bennington. People have done it in the past. People are doing it right now.
you can do it too~