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Hi! I loved Bennington on the tour, but I'm concerned about the small size of Bennington and the subsequently limited course list. Have any of you ever noticed a lack of course variety or felt inhibited by the small size of the school? For example, my mom pointed out that no art history courses are offered; Is that a temporary thing? Is there a way to get a course created by working with the right professor? — Asked by Anonymous

hey anon,

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! 

~Doug ‘16~

Spring Dodgeball Tournament! | Facebook

Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck, and Dodge! Check out the photos from the latest Dodgeball tournament! There is a Dodgeball league every term culminating in a giant showdown which bring many back to the good ole days of middle school. The teams consist of house teams, friend groups, and several Campus Safety officers looking for a little friendly competition, but mostly looking to have a lot of fun.

Genelle ‘15

Does your Field Work Term have to be related to your area of study/your plan? — Asked by Anonymous

Hi person!

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.



Bathroom User Review: Dogs

Quality users. In my bathroom studies here at Bennington have found that a bathroom user affects a bathroom experience just as much as the bathroom’s safety, design, comfort, or quality. It is with this in mind that I am reviewing bathroom users. Today the hot topic is dogs. Dogs are interesting because they put so much effort into not using any sort of bathroom. Cats use litter boxes and humans use bathrooms. Why should dogs stay out of the fun? Dogs have 4 legs (2 more than humans) but no arms. This means they can’t use sinks. Sinks are useless to dogs. They don’t care. They just look away. I have the clever opportunity to interview some dogs myself. After some short e-mails back and fourth I agreed to meet the dogs tied to the fence of the Barn at i’m-bored-of-taking-pictures-of-bathrooms-o’clock sharp. The brown, more outgoing dog was Lola and the multicolored brownish shy dog was Caroline. They gave me their numbers immediately but made it clear off the bat that flirting with them was not okay and that the interview would end immediately if I tried. The situation was tense but I handled it with ease. I asked them what they thought it was about bathrooms that made them want to use grass instead. “They’re disrespectful,” said Lola. “They promote a 2 hand, 2 foot lifestyle, when in reality, plenty of people live fine with 4 feet.” “Woof,” said Caroline (age 8). “Woof bowow woof ahoooohhhhhh!!!” Personally, I believe that what I think is right is right and I believe that toilets are useful. We’re not trying to spread a 2 handed and 2 footed regime. Toilets are just best for us. If dogs want their own bathrooms they’re going to have to grow thumbs fist.

User Rating: 8 out of 10

Best quality is the best.
-Alex BG

The Friday shift interns are awesome! (L) — Asked by Anonymous

Thanks ;)


how many windows — Asked by Anonymous

So many.  We have windows which we use to view windows.

-Ray ‘15


8am vs. 5pm. What the hell Vermont. ❄️➡️☀️


8am vs. 5pm. What the hell Vermont. ❄️➡️☀️

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! I GOT IN! Thank you guys so much. When I was waiting for my decision, the only release valve for the tension was this blog. Sometimes, I would cut Tapped In with Cricket Hill Collection to take the edge off. But when I really needed a fix, I always came back to you <3. And oh yeah - Class of 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! — Asked by Anonymous



glad we could get you thru these tuff times.

please blog responsibly.

Kagan ‘16

I know Bennington is known as an 'artsy' school. I want to add the 'science-y' reputation as well. Will you guys stand beside me for this cause? — Asked by Anonymous

Who says science students can’t be artsy?! “I don’t conform to your labels, MOM”image

Amira studied both! There is cutie Jason looking at her art, and here is her research.

But more importantly, there is so much science happening here (so many happy people with test tubes!). And here (so many events). Aaaaaand here:  (I KNOW them!)

-Alan ‘15


I was using up my role of film by taking photos of people in VAPA one night, when I came across this lovely lady. I took a photo of her (developed the photo later) and asked her what she was doing. 

"I’m working on a coming of age puppet show that explores the human experience through personal life, supported by excerpts of Herman Melville’s book, Moby Dick." 

"What are you doing it for?"

"Animation class… and for fun."

Photo 1 - the photo I developed. Photo 2 - another puppet she’s making for the show.


Does Bennington do fire drills at the ass crack of dawn? I need to know if graduating from boarding school will free me from this. — Asked by Anonymous

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. 

Stay safe, 

Ben ‘14


Because of medical reasons, I can't go skiing, and hiking is a bit of a challenge for me. I'm a bit worried that I may feel a bit left out of group trips/activities. Are there a lot of people who stay back when others go out skiing/hiking/exploring? — Asked by Anonymous

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!

Happy spring,

Sylvia M ‘16

Can you have two areas of concentration? — Asked by Anonymous

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.


kagan  ’16

Are there any mountains near Bennington that are a challenging hike? Here in NJ I like to climb Mt. Tammany as a stamina training thing and I'm training to maybe possibly hopefully climb Kilimanjaro some day. — Asked by Anonymous

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. 

Happy trails!!!!!!

~Ananda ‘16~

What happens at a new student orientation on AUG26? when do students move into their dorms? What are thy provided with in the dorms and what essential things do we need to buy? Thank zyou so much. see you in the fall. I am so excited :D — Asked by Anonymous

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!


~Ananda ‘16~