I guess I’ll start off by saying that I understand your concern about Bennington’s small campus and student body size. In fact I’d have to be honest it’s one of the things that I love and also one of the things that frustrates me a lot about being here. This small community is beautiful and its small size has allowed me to form intense bonds with faculty and friends but at the same time, I’m from L.A. and I do tend to get somewhat cabin-feverish a couple times a term.
That being said, Bennington’s size has no influence over the variety of classes that are offered each term, and I’m pretty confident that most Bennington students would agree with me. I have yet to come across a curriculum of classes that I don’t feel like I’m drowning in! The variety and the breadth of classes can actually be quite overwhelming, especially when you realize that your favorite classes take place at the same time or when it feels like half of the school population wants to take that one class (lol).
I study Visual Arts and have taken Art History courses here - art history plays an important role in contextualizing and informing my thoughts and ideas. While it may seem that there are a small number of art history courses, not one VA class at Bennington would be complete without directly studying the history of the course’s medium. Many art classes involve writing, reading, and in-class study in addition to an intensive studio practice. There’s surely exposure outside of art history courses.
To answer that last question about “getting a course created” : that to me sounds like starting a small “tutorial” with a teacher in any given discipline here. If you have a clear inquiry, have been in dialogue with a teacher here and maybe have other friends or students on board with that same inquiry or interest, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one.
Hope that answers your question!
For your first Field Work Term, your choice of location does not have to be based on your course of study, mainly because you will probably not yet have a strict direction to your work (not that you ever really do……. “just kidding”). However, whatever you intuitively choose will still probably weasel its way into your future studies somehow, just based on the fact that you chose it and will learn about yourself and your interests in the process.
In terms of your FWTs post-first-year, they do have to be somehow related to your Plan, but there are ways of finding connections between an organization and your studies that don’t have to be super direct. Also, because you design your Plan based on your personal interests, it doesn’t really feels limiting to have to choose something that connects to your Plan. ALSO your FWTs often shape your Plan as much as your Plan shapes your FWTs.
So many. We have windows which we use to view windows.
GOOD WORK YOU DID IT NOW U CAN RELAX OR GO TO SLEEP OR WHATEVER~!
glad we could get you thru these tuff times.
please blog responsibly.
Who says science students can’t be artsy?! “I don’t conform to your labels, MOM”
Amira studied both! There is cutie Jason looking at her art, and here is her research.
Bennington, 9 times out of 10, will not conduct a fire drill at the ass crack of dawn. It’s specifically banned in the Acceptable Fire Drill Agreement Policies Handbook (AFDAPH). In-dorm fire drills are done at specific times and Campus Safety informs House Chairs when these will happen. The house chairs tell their housemates. They usually happen in the evening to the earlier hours of the night.
You will not be left out, I promise. Tea parties, homework/ jazz jam sessions, hanging out on the lawn, dramatic readings of children’s books in the library, concerts, performances and star gazing are all examples of activities that don’t necessarily pose a big physical investment. I’ve attached a movie made by a Bennington student about what it’s like to be here. It’s great!
Sylvia M ‘16
I’ve been asking around the office this afternoon, and no one can think of anyone who studies Just One Thing.
A LOT students here have two-or-more areas of study. Like, that’s probably more common than just one. Bennington Students™ are usually encouraged to study so broadly during their time here that it can be hard to stick to one discipline.
Jeez wow, whatta an adventurous individual! You’d definitely have some hike-hyped homies to hang with on this campus, should you so choose. The Bennington Athletic Department has lots of fun hiking related trips for those who enjoy doing that organized group type thing. The nearest mountain friend that we have is Mount Anthony, a lovely, peaked thing which towers over campus at all times. We also have a rock climbing wall in the Meyer Rec Barn on campus, which allows for lots of hike related fun between larger treks out into the great unknown.
Yes yay, much excitement, wowee!
New Student Orientation involves a myriad of fun and friend-making activities which aim to help situate you comfortably into your new home. If you are an international student, then you arrive, move in and start getting acquainted with the school on August 26th. All the other incoming freshman will be moving in on the 29th. After that the whole school orientation experience will begin. It’s basically just a lot of getting to know you and helping you to get to know the school, the campus and eachother before all the other, more seasoned Bennington folk get back to campus and crowd it up for you.
The dorms themselves come with: a desk, a desk chair, a twin bed (xtra long!), a chest of drawers and a bookshelf for each student. Every room also has a closet and a long mirror.
If you have been placed in a colonial, you’ll probably want to bring a couple lamps with you, as the rooms are very old and beautiful and don’t have overhead lights. I would also suggest bringing lots of comfy sweaters, extra-long twin sheets and a mattress pad to match, a camera for documenting the beautiful Vermont landscape, and an adventurous heart open to a brand new world of exciting experiences! See you in the fall!