Be at peace, prospective students (and bow down). The interns are here to help you. In order to shave our queue down a little, we’re going to answer all the analytical paper-related questions we’ve currently got in one master post, to be forever heralded as the Holy Scripture of This One Piece of Your Application.
The reason we ask for an analytical paper—what we’re really looking for, here—is that it’s a way for us to see how you construct and defend an argument. That’s it. That’s what you need to be showing us. However, we understand that the devil can be in the details. So:
Where do I upload the analytical paper? I can’t find it on the Common App.
It’s not on the Common App! There’s a space to submit it on your Applicant Status Page. You should receive a link to this page a day or two after you submit your application.
That didn’t happen. Please help, it’s been weeks.
Email Sheila! smartin (at) bennington (dot) edu.
What if I missed the deadline?
Just get it in to us ASAP and you should still be solid.
What is an analytical paper, anyway?
What is anything, sweet anons? What are you? What am I? What a—sorry, it’s finals week. We’re a little fried here in Bennington. As mentioned earlier, the analytical paper’s purpose is to show us how you construct and defend an argument. This means that it’s not a research paper—you’re not just finding stuff out about something and then telling us about the thing. It should have a thesis; you should be making some sort of case to your readers about your source material, supported by evidence from said material.
What if my only analytical paper is handwritten?
As long as it’s legible, we’ll take it. We prefer a handwritten paper, graded and with comments, to a typed version of that paper without.
What if I don’t have any that are graded/have comments?
Just send us one without, then. We strongly prefer to see how you were being graded because it fills out a picture of your academics for us, but in a pinch we are capable of deciding the merit of your arguments on our own, haha.
I have never written an analytical paper in my life.
Get in touch with your admissions counselor and they’ll help you work something out.
That’s it, lovelies! If there are gaps in the gospel, let me know and I’ll fill them, but otherwise, happy analyzing.
Name: Jared Della RoccaHometown: Bethpage, NYFavorite spot in Crossett: Bottom floor, back cornerIf you had a Bennington “plan” what would it be about? Hitting the Punchline: The Study of Timing and HumorFavorite book (today): Bruce Machart’s “The Wake of Forgiveness”
Oh no! Sorry dude! Spring Transfer application is due November 1st!!
Howdy friend, happy halloween!
The priority deadline for the transfer application is March 15th. We accept through the summer as space becomes available, but I would recommend getting everything in by the priority deadline. That way you will be notified by May 1st!
With love from a transfer student!
Hiya! So sorry about all the confusion. Nick swears that his inbox is empty - do you have the correct address? His email should be email@example.com. If you have indeed been using that email address but are still having problems, please don’t hesitate to call him right away at (802) 379-1944. If calling is not an option, feel free to contact our director of admissions, Lauren Magrath, (who has just been made aware of your situation!) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck, and let us know if the issue persists! We want to help!!!
The most useful papers on our end are one’s that make an argument, not just compile information. For example, an interpretation of King Lear rather than a summary of the plot; OR advancing an argument for the Plato’s ideas, not just a bunch of ideas put into a single place from a bunch of secondary sources. Tell us why one idea is right and the other is wrong. We’ll take anything you’ve got, but it is most helpful for us to see how you advance and articulate an argument. So with that in mind: you make the call. Give us your best paper. And also know that it’s only a fraction of your application and we’ll get to know you through an interview or your portfolio and your transcript and a tour or whatever else.
Contemplating all the work we’ve encountered here at Bennington - in and out of the classroom - we decided to compile some of the work that gave us pause.
Alan suggests Craftsmanship by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf articulates an enormous amount about the complexities of language (which is of particular interest to me), but rather than explaining solely through reason, she demonstrates by simply writing beautifully.
Carlos’s pick Slowness by Todd Williams and Billie Tsien
This photo is glorious, infuriating and thoroughly thought-provoking.
Sarah says Sergi Eisenstein’s Methods of Montage is a must read.
Eisenstein explains the effect of visual association on narrative. Its the most intuitive, human, process but hearing it articulated so clearly is earth shattering. Total inception.
Jeremy tells y’all to listen to Copland’s Piano Variations.
Just listen to it.
Jeremy would also suggest you all come visit Bennington, go to our library, and ask for Sarah Matusek’s devised theater piece Nome de Guerre.
She’s a brilliant theater artist that graduated Bennington College last year. Student work is alive and well here! :-)
Ananda suggests Gish Jen’s short story Birthmates
The story really exemplifies the concept of re-structuring short fiction in a way which centers the story on the character within the setting, not the setting surrounding the character. By delving into the human motivation of the main character, Jen conveys a story which is both resonant and compelling.
The Monday Afternoon Crew
They say, for the first two weeks of Bennington, you’re a freshman. And after that, you’re a Bennington student.
There are only 700 of us in entirely mixed houses and courses, so the distinction isn’t prominent at all here. I mean, I thought Liam was a senior every single term I’ve been here. Sometimes I’m still surprised to see him…y’know…working in admissions…living in my house…
What’s my age again?
— Parke ‘15
As a house chair, it’s always good to look for ways to keep your house informed, organized, and communicative. Decided it was time for Swan to receive a good ol’ SWANGESTION BOX.
Featuring post house chair Brandon “Swan-Daddy” LaDue (who now works in the office of student life…)
This may be one of the best things I’ve ever done, you guys. Is it only downhill from here? I’m so excited for impending swangestions….
— Parke ‘15
Our counselors cover specific regions and circumstances. For example: we have a counselor who works with transfer students, one who works with international and home schooled students, and others who cover certain regions of the country.
Where are you from? I’d be happy to tell you who your counselor is. This would be the person who will conduct your interview should you choose to have one :]
Hiya! Nick has informed us that he is getting back to you right now!
In general, when students don’t have an analytic paper available for the application, they would speak to their designated counselor (who in your case is Nick since you are an international student! :]) and that counselor would talk to the student about another submission option.