The process is super easy; you just have to check a box off on your Intent to Enroll form, and gap years are accepted unequivocally.
Even if you’re not 100% sure you want to take a gap year, I would definitely recommend contacting Holly, the counselor in charge of gap year stuff, at firstname.lastname@example.org and just let her know what’s going on. She’ll help you figure it all out.
See you next/nextnext year!
<3 Kagan ‘16
As a junior here at Bennington who has lived in and been involved with the town for a few years now. I feel that I can say that this article was not new news to me. It only highlighted an existing reality whose scope and scale is way beyond heroin. It has been an issue that the town, New England, and rural areas in general have been dealing with for a long time.
That being said, I think this article forces a good conversation for everyone in the area and in the nation about how we address the issue. The efforts of Governor Shumlin and others are bringing much needed attention to this problem and I applaud what he is doing.
To actually answer your well-worded, diplomatic question (thank you), the problem doesn’t really have any affect on life for us on campus. We still go into town to get our groceries, to get coffee at South Street, and to go to trivia night at Ramuntos.
Bennington, VT is, like any other town in America, an incredibly nuanced and complex place. The NYT article does shed light on the lives of an unfortunately under-served portion of the Bennington community, and it’s something that is now being discussed in a much larger dialogue - something positive that the article does for our town. To your question, though, as a student it is something that we are aware of, but it doesn’t affect our day to day life, our education, or the tight-knit community we belong to on-campus.
Submission is so stigmatized by our ultra-progressive culture. Submit! Submit! Um, anyway, when it comes to your portfolio the answer is always yes — it shows us you’re enthused. We aren’t going to look down on the little something extra you give us. I can’t guarantee we’ll be able to read it, but why not throw it in there! Having said that, please don’t write the main stuff in a language we won’t be able to read. Do whatever you want with your extra stuff.
Wherever you go, you bring you with you. You are the constant.
We attempt to answer this difficult question (who are we?) here
Ezra posted about musical theater at Bennington in 2012! That seems like so long ago! He didn’t even know how good those productions would be (and they were really good).
Despite the post’s age, I think it’s still totally valid today in that musical theater at Bennington is mostly student driven. Bennington is not a conservatory, there is no strictly defined musical theater program. This creates opportunities for completely original content that a wide variety of people can participate in. Students here find myriads of different ways to combine music, theater and dance resulting in really unique productions. Each student is allowed to find their own voice and aesthetic within these disciplines, instead of mimicking already established forms.
Unfortunately, the July Program ended a number of years ago. Bennington no longer has any sort of Pre-College programs—the closest thing being the Young Writers Competition.
So, sorry about that.
As for leaving home, I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Coming to Vermont from New Mexico, I think I speak for most people when I say that by the time you graduate high school, you’re just ready. You’re probably gonna want to leave. Maybe (hopefully) it’s not an “Oh man I hate this place get me outta here!” kind of thing, but in more of a Next Chapter Of Your Life (hehehehehe) way.
~you’ll be fine~
<3 Kagan ‘16
Your daughter sounds fabulous! Perhaps your insider administrator thinks so too and is trying to steal her away from Bennington to attend her college?
It seems like you are asking two questions. Do you mean that she will not fit in socially because Bennington is such a diverse place that she will not find others like her (single, straight, girls who like to date)? Or are you concerned that she will not find single, straight, boys who like to date?
We’re still working on the single, straight boy calendar (male objectification these days is such a problem), but they’re here.
And here’s some advice from a straight, formerly single girl:
“Just relax, it’ll all work it out. Whatever you want is here. I didn’t date anyone my first two years here and it didn’t affect my Bennington experience negatively.” – Glennis ‘15
In short, we’ve got both here. Your daughter will be fine, should she choose to come here. And if she chooses not to identify herself by those terms anymore, well that’s cool too.
Resident Dating Guru
P.S. He went here:
Chloe ‘16 studies the mind body connection through the lens of psychology and dance. Her fav final last term was writing a paper about the meaning of life for her philosophy class.
Julia ‘15 focuses on how culture informs medical systems and healthcare policy. She primarily studies Biology, Anthropology, and History. Julia investigated women’s use of abortive herbs during the middle ages in her Women in Science history course.
Genelle ‘15 studies Neuroscience and Chemistry with specific interest in the molecular mechanisms behind behavior. Conducting research about the escape behavior of cockroaches was definitely the highlight of the Fall 2013 finals season for her.
Anuskha ‘14 studies Literature and Spanish. She compiled an extensive portfolio of translations of selections from Cortazar’s Historias de cronopios y de famas for the Art of Literary Translations.
Rachel ‘14 studies Political Science and Gender, with a touch of Visual Art. Rachel put together a portfolio of mixed media drawings that expressed connections between patterns, space, and the body.