Perhaps you have been wondering “What do Admissions interns do when they are not diligently writing blog posts?” or “Does Bennington have a weekly low-key poetry party on campus?” or even “What does Bennington do to celebrate finals?” Well, my inquisitive friends, this is the blog post you have been hoping for. We have compiled a list of the many, many things going on just this weekend in the hopes of answering all your weekend activity thoughts, hopes, and — dare I say it? — wildest dreams.
This Thursday night Chloe was finishing up an acting essay when she heard sirens and saw flashing lights out her window. She looked up: it was time…
I suppose it depends on what you’re hoping for — each season up here is different. There’s summer, fall, those weird days in fall which are totally summer, winter, extreme winter, mud season, and spring. Looking for a hot day to go swimming at the local lake? Come in early September. A cup of hot cocoa by a fireplace with wool blankets? I recommend winter.
But my favorite of all the seasons here are the beginning of fall and the end of spring. The campus is so beautiful and alive at any moment, even when the clouds are hanging low over the valley and you cannot see past the edge of the forest, but there is something undeniably magical about the place in early October when the trees change color all across the valley and the mountains. And magical again when the plants start waking up in April and May! There are so many blooming trees on campus, it’s like living in a dream.
But really, come any time, especially when classes are in session (September to mid-December and mid-February to June) . We love visitors!
Your trusted tree-hugger,
Sylvia M, ‘16
So, there are so, SO many questions in the inbox about portfolios so I thought I would address them in one post.
First, the portfolio is optional. Keyword: optional. You do not have to submit one, but you can if you want. We will not think any more or any less of you if do or don’t submit one. The bottom line is that the portfolio is an optional complement to the Common Application.
Think of the application as your first assignment at Bennington, so there is no right or wrong way to do things (but please don’t mail us your 16 foot sculpture -just take photos, we believe you). I know it is frustrating that we are so open ended but that is what a Bennington education is. Be weird, take risks, you can go your own way. There is no format to follow (welcome to Bennington…)
As far as suggestions or recommendations as to what to submit: Submit what you are proud of. We don’t mind long research papers, we like photos of things, send us your music, or a link to your videos. Send us your science experiment (not the actual experiment, just documentation) or share your poetry.
Since some of you want to know how to submit: when you send in your common application you will get a link a day or so after and that will give you access to a page where you can upload whatever you want to show us.
Best of luck. Trust that whatever you do will be fine.
(p.s ALAN: I finished the post, okay!?)
Glennis, a pleasant gluten-free (not by choice, mind you) midwesterner sits perched on her chair, sipping from her mug. Turned away from her computer, it is apparent she is not about to finish that blog post she is supposedly working on; still, she asks me for help. “Is this too sassy, Alan?” I only make it sassier, Glennis, whenever you ask me that question. Still, I’m certain I’ll read it over her shoulder in a few minutes just as she will for me.
Glennis is distracted; Eliana — an international student from London — is reading an article about two irresponsible parents who named their children “Aryan Nation” and Adolf Hitler”. They discuss Eliana’s hyphenated last name. What does a name say about you? The choices our parents make seem to follow until death; Eliana’s name is still a struggle for passports and airports. I can only image the difficulties Aryan faces.
Later tonight, Eliana will hang out with her friends in Kilpat house (there’s a concert going on in the common room, but she doesn’t know if she’ll go). Glennis will stop by a Christmas party in Noyes and a goodbye party in Sawtell, but her night will mainly be dominated by design: she has to make a chair by Sunday. I’d like to work too, but I will be hosting the aforementioned Christmas party.
With a question so big, sometimes you have to answer it by being extremely small. We’re just three students, but in a way I think this says what you want to know. The social scene is all over the place in the sense that it is what you make of it (party or work with friends…I favor the later). But we get along (for the most part) and cliques dissipate during the day because there is mutual respect for a diversity of lifestyles, and because everybody here has something to say.
I went out and took some pictures of a lot of kitchens, to give you a better overview of the average kitchen.
This kitchen belongs to Bingham. “This is a small kitchen” said Bingham resident Iris ‘16. Roughly 30 square feet!
This is me with Iris’ mug in the microwave:
Bingham has two kitchens, like many other colonials, this is the other one, slightly bigger, roughly 45 square feet:
It has a real nice aperture:
As promised dear readers, here is the second installment of A Day in the Life, told through the lens of mealtimes. Here was my Tuesday:
7:00am: Wake up. They say that waking up is hard to do. They were right.
7:20am: Breakfast (pictured above, that’s me on the right!). Look at those sunshiney faces, ready for a big day at school!
8:10-10:00am: Nuts and Bolts acting class. Our professor, Jenny Rohn casts us in two person scenes that we work on for the entire term. My partner and I are doing a scene from Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (yep, the mentally deranged, sex-starved, pill popping housewife scene. Guess who I play?)
12:00pm: lunch at the student center. Had to eat quickly to finish up some work, so we went to studes for a speedy meal.
2:10-4:00pm: Recent Fiction from Pakistan and India literature class. Right now we’re reading Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes. It’s described as a “darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen” by the book’s back cover. So fun!
4:00-5:30pm: Downtime, homework, Hulu watching, music listening etc.
5:30: Dinner. ‘nuf said.
7:00pm: Go to the darkroom to develop some film I shot over Thanksgiving break for my Photography Foundation class. For my final I’m working on a project that explores the difference between the amount of space that men and women occupy in both public and private settings. Cool beans!
10:00pm- Go home, alternately do homework and distract myself from doing homework. Go to SLEEP.
Straight off the bat: DON’T GIVE UP ON GETTING IN. Just don’t.
We want to know what kind of student you are, and grades don’t really show that (they try, but the problems with the standardization of the capabilities of human beings is another response entirely).
Submitting SAT scores is optional when applying to Bennington, so on paper, you can say that the school does not even require SAT scores to admit a student. We want to know what you’re passionate about, why you’re attracted to this school, what wakes you up/keeps you up, etc etc. A 3.2 or 3.8 or 2.8 GPA does not show this.
If you want to come to this school, apply. Period.
And yes, there are many students who didn’t do too well in high school who happen to prove that they are amazing students when doing the things that they actually want to study/make/do for the time being :)
Keeping it real since ‘92,
Ballet is not always on the curriculum at Bennington but it has been offered for the last 3 terms.The technique classes that are offered change depending on who the MFA students are. Daniel (our current MFA dance student) teaches ballet and Cunningham technique as that is his background - he was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company!
I can’t guarantee that there will always be ballet classes but we do have great dance studios that are available to students 24 hours a day. So if there is a dance class that isn’t offered, you can go and practice in your own time. One term when there wasn’t a ballet class my friend Alana and her friend Selena would meet up twice a week to practice together.
no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The college won’t discriminate just because multiple people from the same high school apply. Each applicant is looked at individually, so just ~be the best you that you can be~
<3 Kagan ‘16
This FWT, I will be going to Tokyo, Japan to work at Shure University - this really cool, democratic institution that serves mainly young people that suffer from school truancy or social seclusion. I’ll be working in the university’s theater department, running workshops on experimental theater-making. This will be my first time adventuring outside the United States! And I don’t speak any Japanese…so… Wish me luck!
I will be living with a friend of mine from Bennington. She grew up in Tokyo, so knows the area quite well. This will be her second time working in Japan; last year, she worked with a world-travelling ceramicist. My friend loved the experience so much that she just had to go back - this time to work in a biology lab with tadpoles.
FWT is such a wonderful experience because it offers students the opportunity to explore on a global scale. Doing international work for FWT is quite easy because of Bennington’s vast network. I found Shure University simply by chance - just surfing the web looking for work in Tokyo, found this incredible alternative university, sent out a resume, and got an email back saying they love Bennington and would be happy to have me! A school halfway around the world knows about Bennington?! So cool, right?
Those international jobs are out there and the FWT Office is super great about helping you out if you have any questions. Hoping all your FWT dreams come true, as well. Email me (email@example.com) if you want to chat about Japan some more!