Posts tagged dorms

Does Bennington have gender neutral rooms? — Asked by Anonymous

It is your room, gender it however you want! Who are we to tell you if your room is male, female or outside that binary; or if you are, for that matter.

The one exception is bathrooms in academic and non-academic buildings; they have the typical male/female divide you’d expect. Bathrooms in residential spaces are ungendered. For some of us it is an adjustment, but I really think it subtly creates an ethos of equality — this is coming from a sociolinguistics student particularly interested in gender and sexuality. Reading papers about talk in all-female and all-male groups is really eye-opening, and forcing that divide to exist structurally I think has some unanticipated effects…especially in residential, social spaces. And I love that my female neighbor lets me borrow her toothpaste.

I have a feeling you are asking about house rooms though. Mark any gender-related thoughts anywhere in your application and student life will be mindful of them when placing you. Self identify! — even if there isn’t a slot for it — and talk about what that would mean for your ideal roommate: are you looking for someone open-minded? or someone who has the same identity (subquestion: same sex or same gender)?

Having said all that, note that unless you mark otherwise, Student Life will assume that you would like to be placed with someone of the same biological sex. Still, all our houses are co-ed.

Yikes this stuff gets complicated. Good thing you are going to a school where we will get to know you specifically instead of imposing a convenient label upon you.

Alan ‘15

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!

xoxo, 

~Ananda ‘16~

Helloo what are the chances of someone getting a single their sophomore year? Is there anything special they would have to do? — Asked by Anonymous

It isn’t impossible, but it is pretty unlikely. For starters, it would depend on availability. You’d have to wait for juniors and seniors to reserve their rooms and then see if there are any left over. (Note that juniors aren’t even guaranteed singles — although I’ve never heard of any not getting one.) Regardless, what makes this difficult is that it’s such a gamble: while you are waiting to hear about all this, you can’t exactly have the back-up plan of already having a room and roommate secured, because then what would your roommate do? And also, everyone would do it if it were easy. Having said all that, I know a few people who have done it.

Also note that with a note from a doctor you can get a medical single. House Chairs also get singles — even if they are sophomores — but that shouldn’t be your reason for applying to that position.

You can ignore everything I just said if you want, because what you should really just do in this situation is email Sam or Sage (our housing goddesses) and talk it through with them. Especially if you are a current student, which I have a hunch you are. That way they can look at the nuances of your situation (ah, the perks of a school of 700).

-Alan ‘15

We’ve received multiple questions asking about the different kinds of living spaces around campus. So naturally, we used this as an excuse to get out of the office and go on a little photo expedition. Pictured above are common spaces from the three different types of houses (Woo Houses, Barnes Houses and Colonials) along with some other visual stimuli. 

The Photographer: Carlos

Nonchalant Models: Emily, Jeremy and Friends


HAPPY TRAILS!

What are in the dorms (what are they furnished with) before students move in and what would you suggest bringing (besides lamps)? — Asked by Anonymous

We answered this a little bit here, and linked to other places so you can go on a little treasure hunt if you want.

All of the rooms have a bed (two sets of posts that you can raise or lower to your liking — great for storage underneath), a dresser, a desk with a chair and a little bookshelf per person. We do some crazy things with them. So here it is Alan’s interior design hacks: I don’t use my desk (its too confining for my delicate creative process…or something) so I turned it on its side and made an avant-garde shelf. Perfect for a turntable. If you are in one of the 70’s houses, you can tuck your desk or dresser away in your closet. Also make a Zen bed experience. Here is a diagram.

-Alan ‘15 

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Is it true what they say about getting sick more often when you live in the dorms? And is the "freshman fifteen" applicable to Bennington freshman students? — Asked by Anonymous

While it is true that illness is more common in dorms, I wouldn’t say that it’s entirely because of where you live (even though dorms can definitely be a contributing factor because of close quarters), and rather because of the college environment in general. It’s not uncommon for college students to sleep less, eat less healthily, and exercise less than when they’re not on campus. Similarly, college students are facing a more stressful environment than they may be accustomed to. 

What I’ve always understood to be the cause of the “freshman fifteen” is that students come to college without having had the freedom to eat whatever they want whenever they want before getting to campus. A way in which Bennington in particular might combat this is that we do not have a dining facility open 24 hours a day, so access to fried foods and other unhealthy snacks is more limited than it may be at a larger university. It also depends on personal eating habits - for example, some people eat a lot when they’re stressed out such as when finals roll around, and others might have the tendency to barely eat when things get busy. Similarly, some students might favor the salad bar over ice cream (available at every meal) or vice versa, while others don’t.

Whether or not freshmen gain a lot of weight really depends on the student as an individual. While there are several factors mentioned above that might make it less likely for a Bennington freshman to gain fifteen pounds (give or take a few), there’s no definitive way to determine whether the term is applicable to them.

I would suggest, at least to ward off some illness, taking a lot of vitamin C and trying to get more sleep - especially if your roommate has come down with something. These chewable C tablets are my absolute favorite, and I’m sure they saved me from some colds my freshman year.

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- Rachel ‘14

Are there specific housing options for genderqueer/gender fluid/transgender students? — Asked by Anonymous

Nope! But that’s just because all of our housing is totally mixed between age, year, gender, academic concentration, etc. This gives each house a nice cross-section of the campus population - while housemates might generally be aligned in their views on something like quiet hours, that might be where face-value similarities end between residents. Your housemates will study different things, be from different parts of the world, and of course there will be students of differing gender identities and sexual orientations.

Everyone is welcome in on-campus housing, which is why specific housing options for the students you list is probably unnecessary in terms of helping people feel welcome or insulated. You should know that Student Life is always available for students to discuss housing options for whatever reason, though I think housing does a wonderful job already of pulling together ~35 students of different ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles to make a harmonious community in each house.

-Evan ‘13

How I got a Mull-Hawk

A couple weeks ago we had the first Coffee Hour of term. For those who don’t know, it’s a tradition on Sunday nights for everyone in each house to get together and share food, announcements, issues, and laughs. In my house, Woolley, the theme for coffee hour that week was Rumspringa — the time in the life of an Amish youth when they leave their homes and (from my understanding) go and do pretty much whatever they want, then decide at the end whether or not they want to go back home. In the spirit of breaking free, and because my hair was getting PRETty shaggy, I came with a pair of scissors, and at the end of coffee hour asked everyone to take a snip:

30 people. 30 snips. and I believe we coined a new term in the process: Mull-hawk. Half mohawk, half mullet, all fun.

Ezra ‘13

Hey Guys! I'm a senior at a Philadelphia Performing Arts High School, and Bennington is my first choice for colleges among the handful that I have chosen. I have a few questions about Bennington that only students could truly answer! First, what is the room mate situation at Bennington? I've looked at the answer for the housing questions, but some seem to have double rooms, some seem to have singles. How does that work? Also, is it easy to find jobs around Bennington? Do most students have jobs? — Asked by Anonymous

Hey, glad to hear you’re a fan.

So freshmen and sophomores are generally in doubles, and juniors and seniors are guaranteed singles.

When you come here as a freshman, you fill out an extensive survey about your habits, likes and dislikes, so that Student Life can do their best to place you with an ideal roommate. After that, for sophomore year, you can choose to live with whoever you want basically.

There are lots of jobs available on campus, and I don’t know what the percentage is, but a lot of students have jobs. Most jobs on campus give priority to students who have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package. But their are plenty of jobs available even if you don’t, and working in town is always an option. There are a lot of restaurants around looking for reliable help.

Liam

So I know smoking inside the dorms is not allowed, but what about in campus in general? Is it generally okay? — Asked by Anonymous

Yeah, of course! Indoor smoking isn’t allowed anywhere on campus, but pretty much anywhere outdoors is fair game. 

-Evan ‘13

Everything you ever wanted to know about HOUSING!!

Hello lovely incoming freshmen!!

There have been so many housing questions lately, specifically related to wanting pictures of particular rooms in particular houses and descriptions of those houses. While we totally understand how exciting it is to get housing assignments and to be getting ready to move in, we want to leave a little of that excitement in the air for you guys to discover for yourself when you get here! After all, it would be really tough for all of us to give unbiased, meaningful descriptions of houses we don’t even live in or necessarily spend a lot of time in. In the meantime, check out India K’s blog series about Bennington rooms to get a feel for rooms in the three styles of houses. 

There is one thing, however, that I cannot emphasize enough: GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ROOMMATE(S)!! If you’re planning on bringing any larger items (fridge, fans, floor lamps, nightstand, other furniture, etc.) connect with your roommate first to check in about it (your rooms accommodate furniture for 2+ people already!). Also remember that there are a thousand ways to accumulate so much junk while you’re here…so don’t bring more than you think you need. Also, check out this great post about what to bring, as well as this one about places to buy things once your here.

And, as always, you can check the STUDENT HANDBOOK for rules and regulations regarding particular items that you are thinking of bringing, as well as the Housing section of the Welcome Page

Although we won’t be answering specific housing questions via the blog, if you have any any any concerns please don’t hesitate to call us in the office or get in touch with Student Life:

ADMISSIONS: 802-440-4312

ADMISSIONS TOLL FREE: 800-833-6845

STUDENT LIFE: 802-442-4330

Can’t wait to see you all so soon!!<3

Amira ‘13

Awesome aerial photo of Bennington circa 1933!

Everything you ever wanted to know about HOUSING!!

Hello lovely incoming freshmen!!

There have been so many housing questions lately, specifically related to wanting pictures of particular rooms in particular houses and descriptions of those houses. While we totally understand how exciting it is to get housing assignments and to be getting ready to move in, we want to leave a little of that excitement in the air for you guys to discover for yourself when you get here! After all, it would be really tough for all of us to give unbiased, meaningful descriptions of houses we don’t even live in or necessarily spend a lot of time in. In the meantime, check out India K’s blog series about Bennington rooms to get a feel for rooms in the three styles of houses. 

There is one thing, however, that I cannot emphasize enough: GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ROOMMATE(S)!! If you’re planning on bringing any larger items (fridge, fans, floor lamps, nightstand, other furniture, etc.) connect with your roommate first to check in about it (your rooms accommodate furniture for 2+ people already!). Also remember that there are a thousand ways to accumulate so much junk while you’re here…so don’t bring more than you think you need. Also, check out this great post about what to bring, as well as this one about places to buy things once your here.

And, as always, you can check the STUDENT HANDBOOK for rules and regulations regarding particular items that you are thinking of bringing, as well as the Housing section of the Welcome Page

Although we won’t be answering specific housing questions via the blog, if you have any any any concerns please don’t hesitate to call us in the office or get in touch with Student Life:

ADMISSIONS: 802-440-4312

ADMISSIONS TOLL FREE: 800-833-6845

STUDENT LIFE: 802-442-4330

Can’t wait to see you all so soon!!<3

Amira ‘13

Awesome aerial photo of Bennington circa 1933!

are 4 person dorm rooms all in 1 room? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes. There are six quads - all in the 70s houses - that are four-person rooms. Having lived in one myself, I can say that they are absolutely massive and perfectly suitable for a four-person living situation. The 70s houses also have what are commonly referred to as the upstairs quads, which are four separate rooms that converge around a shared common room. As far as I know, freshmen aren’t placed into these quads, so it’s a safe bet that if you’re placed in a quad it will be one of the downstairs ‘studio’ quads.

-Evan ‘13

is it true that Fels is a loud, smoking house? — Asked by Anonymous

Fels used to be a smoking house, but there are no smoking houses any more, so no to the latter. Sometimes people do smoke in their rooms but that is against student policies and can result in huge fines if you get caught. So, don’t do that.

As for loudness, I don’t live in Fels so I can’t really speak to that too much. My impression is that it tends to be a little louder than the median, but it has its periods of loud on the weekends and quiet during the week just like every other house. Something really important to note is that houses change each year with the incoming freshman class/new residents, so you will also have a say in how the Fels community shapes out this year. Like I said; I don’t live in Fels so I can’t give you the best idea of what it’s like to live there, but assuming you’re an incoming freshman so you’ll have a better idea of what it’s like in a few short weeks. Hang in there!

-Evan ‘13

hey future classmates (and house chair), I'm going to be at Bingham in the fall, and I was wondering if there's anything Bingham-specific (besides being the best) that I should know as I'm preparing for Bennington. Thanks! Stay classy, admissions office. — Asked by Anonymous

o hei thar

Bingham-specific, something you should definitely bring is a floor lamp and a desk lamp. Talk to your roommate; see if they already have one, because you probably don’t need two. Bingham doesn’t have overhead lighting and most other colonial houses don’t either. Floor lamps are always handy to have around anyway.

Being the best there ever was is also an important trait to have, so, yeah, be conscientious that you’re always doing that. Otherwise, you’ll get a better idea once you get here!

Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Evan ‘13