When you’re studying at a place that asks you to direct your own course of study and monitor your own self-behavior, you naturally develop a sense of ownership over your own life as a student here. That I wouldn’t change. It’s the fact that invitation of ownership starts to meet resistance when students who have a deep passion for the college itself—and the continuation of its legacy—try to get involved in the decisions of how the college will grow and become “more itself”. I’m starting to get it now that I’m a Senior; at a place like this where the educational model is so unique, it meets a lot of criticism from those to whom it seems foreign and therefore something to be feared. I just wish there was a way for current students to inform the continuous development of the college and its programs.
So far there’s no forum for that, but there are some of us who are trying to create one. It’s kind of hard to articulate, but what I hope to see in the future is something of a hybrid between a student council and a steering committee made of up current students who are passionate about the school and its messages, mature enough to understand the pressures on a non-profit institution like Bennington, and constructive in their ideas about how to best serve our common goal of furthering Bennington’s ability to serve its diversely talented student population, and its reputation in the world.
I was told I’m taking a tour to of prospective students of chines to a Chinese class here, so I tried to remember what I know of the language. Wo yao cher nee means “I want to eat you”, wo ei nee means “I love you”. I was advised not to say this as I greeted my tour, and I agreed. Then we looked up the phonology of chinese, regarding the 5 tones.