Posts tagged Kagan

Does Bennington take in to consideration an upwards grade trend when considering admission? I did not do that well in 9th and 10th grade- I had health issues so I put less effort in to my school work. I went from a 3.5 GPA in 10th grade to a 4.0 GPA in 11th, and also took a more solid workload that year (and in 10th all of my B's were in core classes!)... I LOVE to learn and I desperately want to go to a school where I will have the opportunity to get a great education,and I think that is... — Asked by Anonymous

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

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Are interviews supposed to happen before or after you submit the application? — Asked by Anonymous

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!

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Hi! I'm considering Bennington, but I'm wondering how it is viewed from an outsiders' perspective, like its reputation? Of course, I love it, so I know that the "hippie" stereotypes are not true, but what do employers think of it? Also, what would you say the benefits are of going to a non-traditional school? I don't feel like I'd be missing out on much, but still, something is holding me back. Thanks! — Asked by Anonymous

 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!

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EDIT: look at this thing i yoinked from the FWT office! 

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(tbh i didn’t yoink it they gave it to me)

Okay: so I'm a high school senior, and Bennington is one of the schools I'm interested in. I'd like to talk to one of the students or alumni maybe via email or something just to get to know about the campus on a one-to-one basis, since I currently do not know anyone attending Bennington. Help? (Also I'm terrified of college and college applications and scholarships and careers and tuition and yeah.) — Asked by Anonymous

hi im here to help

kaganm@bennington.edu

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)

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sunshineblogs:

We’re open on Saturdays now, and if we have time for this photo-op not enough of you are visiting us!  Come brighten our weekends!
Also, tours are entirely parkour-based now, so if you’re not ready to go hard, be ready to fall behind.*
-Ray ‘15
*This is not in the least true.  Tours are conducted at whatever pace is comfortable for those taking them, and very few of our tour guides are versed in parkour.

sunshineblogs:

We’re open on Saturdays now, and if we have time for this photo-op not enough of you are visiting us!  Come brighten our weekends!

Also, tours are entirely parkour-based now, so if you’re not ready to go hard, be ready to fall behind.*

-Ray ‘15

*This is not in the least true.  Tours are conducted at whatever pace is comfortable for those taking them, and very few of our tour guides are versed in parkour.

If anyone here is in the art program... how rigorous would you say the art classes are/do you feel like you learned a lot from them? — Asked by Anonymous

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.

U Pick!

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Hi Bennington! Two quick things: 1. I was recently named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, and I was wondering if this is something I should include on my application, or should I leave it out since it's a purely stuffy, academic-y thing? 2. I have the chance to do my interview next Sunday in NYC, and I really want to because I'm so excited for, but would it be detrimental to my chances if I do it so early? In other words, will they forget about me by the time of admission decisions? — Asked by faeyerotiggular

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

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is the bennington admissions staff big on recommendations? — Asked by Anonymous

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

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Are those reaction jpgs facebook emoticons or characters kagan drew? — Asked by Anonymous

i didn’t draw them

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http://www.stickersemoticon.com/mobile-girl-mim-facebook-stickers/

Mobile Girl MiM by Funny Eve

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What is the drama application process like? Other than the common app and supplement is there an audition and what is that like? — Asked by Anonymous

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. 

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Any advice for senioritis? — Asked by Anonymous

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”

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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.

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Is there Journalism at Bennington? — Asked by Anonymous

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~

kagan16

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.

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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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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 

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