I don’t have a number handy of how many people transfer out, but it isn’t important how many people do…it just matters that you can. I definitely know people who have; more than a few.
We will be supportive if you decide to transfer out: we are a school that is about the individual, and sometimes individuals learn that the best school for them is somewhere else. So don’t sweat it. If I were you, I would just enjoy the present moment, and give yourself some time to figure things out before making any drastic decisions. You’ve got four years!
And in the meantime, check out this article.
I’m so excited to learn so much again
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:
here is another pic of me in typical winter attire in vermont also taken in the middle of february this year:
we adapt. army strong.
Yes! Indeed. I didn’t take physics (I did Earth Science, Biology and Chem) and look at me.
There are no deal-breakers that will immediately disqualify you (unless you got an A in White Supremacy). We’re looking at the big picture: have you studied broadly? with depth? excelled?
I do, however, regret it EVERY DAY. FIGURATIVELY not LITERALLY. I should’ve done physics here at Bennington…and as my time is coming to an end and I still haven’t. So you’ve inspired me to take another gander at the curriculum and see if I can fit it in my schedule. Thank you, sir, madam or other gentleperson.
Yes, they just laid a sidewalk outside of down commons, which pretty much opens up the whole campus. In fact, you could get anywhere. Oh the places you’ll go.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more and if she finds her way back she’ll be able to fill you in.
While I can see how this would make for a compelling essay, discretion might be the better part of valor in this case. It’s a tricky thing. Bennington is not interested in turning your mom in to the feds, nor in penalizing you for your family status. But depending on the essay itself and how it is received wherever you send it, there could be some risk, either to your mother or to your chances of getting into schools. I can’t quantify those risks for you. I just genuinely don’t know what your family might come up against if you put that information on the internet and send it to a bunch of strangers, or how it might be received by colleges. Once it’s out there, you have no control over how it will be read or by whom.
If it’s essential to you that this aspect of your life is heard, if you need for people to know this about you, consider interviews. Bennington strongly encourages our applicants to have personal interviews with us, and just generally speaking… in a closed room, with a person you can see and feel out, you can open yourself to the admissions counselors who feel right and be selective about disclosure with the ones where something seems off. Just be careful, and best of luck to you and your family.
It would be a shame if you put all that work into that paper and are super proud of it and we said you couldn’t send if because there wasn’t feedback written on it. We want to see your strongest work and we’d like to see the notes of the person grading it, but sometimes you can’t have both and we get that. So, go for it.
So we’ve actually not had any students in recent memory who’ve participated in the AVIC program. So… sorry about that. If you want a more general idea of how that works here, though, I’d email Kendra Ericson, who’s in charge of Study Abroad and AVIC stuff at email@example.com.
The people are awesome, which is why it doesn’t matter that there are only around 700 of us. That was very direct of me, but I think it is true. I find the people here to be dynamic and unexpected if that makes any sense. By unexpected, I guess I mean always surprising and not able to fit into stereotypes. Like someone who studies both theater and conflict in the Middle East (~**~shout out to Tenara!!~**~). Next thing you know she’s speaking Hebrew fluently and you’re like I thought you were from Ohio and then she’s like “Born in Israel, SUCKER!” Okay, I got a little carried away. You think you have them pegged from seeing them in one classroom (“oh you’re THAT type of student”) and then they shock you in another, by not only being an amazing dancer, but also a brilliant physicist.
The fact that you are meeting physicists in dance, or drama students in poli sci makes the school huge because. While it seems everyone’s face is familiar, you’re always seeing new people, even in familiar places.
Yup. There are quite a few of them around and plenty of students get licensed. But don’t drive if Vermont makes you sleepy, dude. You’ll die.
The beds are on adjustable legs, so they can touch the floor, or be up high enough that you can store a mini-fridge and dresser under there. A trunk will absolutely fit. The colonial closets vary a lot in size; mine is like 3’x4’ right now, my last one was smaller, a friend of mine has one he could put a mattress in. It’s kind of a crapshoot. That said… you almost certainly don’t need as much stuff as you think you do. And keep in mind that a crowded room will affect your roommate’s quality of life as well as your own.
Cool! In contrast, I barely had extracurriculars because I’m introverted and didn’t like the school I was at. On my free time I was listening to free college lectures online like “existentialism in film and literature” and “American literature since world war two.” These lead me to read Kierkegaard and Nabokov, Pynchon and Nietzsche before I even got to college. I also filled a lot of time working at the local library to make money. I love film and watched over 200 of the 1001 movies you must see before you die before college, which ranged from French New-Wave to Hollywood classics and some wonderful trashy B-movies (I’m now up to 400). I also became enthused about politics and made it a point to watch Democracy Now every day, educate myself through documentaries and listen to NPR.
None of this showed up on my application and no other college bothered to learn this about me, but these are the things that have helped me in college the most! So, you’re right, we don’t play the college games your high school is likely telling you we do. We don’t want to know you by the numbers. We want to see you at your best, whether or not you’ve been preparing yourself for college ‘by the book’ or not. That very well could mean learning about your very, very, busy nature.
In my opinion, these “success” games are anxiety-provoking, not entirely fulfilling and misleading ways to look at people. It is great that you are so active! What have you learned from that? What have you taken away? That’s what I want to hear about.
so officially students are not allowed any pets besides fish.
I’m not going to tell you what to do with that information but as someone who is 5 foot, the idea of a snake that is 4/5th my size in a house on campus is not exactly a calming thought.
Again I’m not going to dictate behavior but if its as much trouble as a fish, maybe consider a fish.
This is a snakehead fish: