Okay here’s the secret: At least 50% of the things you think you can’t live without in your room at home, you can. Eventually you will regret having paid the extra weight charge on your suitcase. Halfway through your first term you’ll look over at that pile of your ‘favorite books’ that you haven’t touched since unpacking, or that antique jewelry box you meticulously wrapped up to fly across the globe only to break it two weeks later when one of your new friend’s spilled coffee on it and in trying to clean it up you dropped it and it smashed, and you’ll think that that 50 bucks is looking pretty good to you right about now.
But, here’s the other secret: you are not going to take my advice. When it comes time to pack you just won’t be able to resist stuffing the basketball sized beaded wire turtle called Dostoevsky that you’ve had since you were 7 into your already over flowing suitcase. Trust me though, you will learn from your mistakes.
When you arrive for International Student Orientation there will be an opportunity for you to buy everyday essentials like blankets, pillows, lamps etc so don’t worry too much about that stuff.
Also if your parents are willing and able you can always have them send over anything you feel like you’re missing once you’ve settled in.
On winter wear, just be ready to layer up. If you can get your hands on a down jacket - do.
Pro tip: Don’t feel embarrassed when you start having your panic attack in the airport terminal. That business man who is scoffing at you doesn’t realize you’re moving across the world and that’s a scary thing.
We don’t have an average. The size of the freshman class varies greatly from year to year. This is because we’re not trying to fill quotas. The admissions office looks at each applicant holistically and admits those individuals (yes individuals not numbers) that they believe will thrive here.
I would say that over the last few years the freshman classes have roughly (very very roughly) been around the 200 mark.
But whenever you’re talking about numbers at Bennington remember we are people not robots.
- Eliana ‘15
People live here so there are naturally politics here.
Brian Campion works for the administration of the college and he’s our state representative. Many students have interned/worked (woop woop, money) for him in the past. He’s constantly in communication with students and if you are/want to be engaged and involved he’d love to talk to you!
You can also work for the Vermont Legislature during FWT. Or any other political office of your choosing - a friend of mine worked for her US Senator’s office.
Our very own intern, Eliana and a couple of other students organized phone banks on campus during the 2012 election. She also did some campaigning in New Hampshire as well as in North Adams for Elizabeth Warren. She has also done several FWTs in the political sphere - Boston mayor’s office, a state rep campaign in 2014, and US senate campaign a few summers ago.
The Environment Action group sometimes plans trips to rallies in cities nearby.
Also, the internet. You aren’t closed off from the world, you can stay in touch with what is happening in New York and DC.
All the best,
Eliana, Glennis and Emily
One of our admissions interns Ben just won the 2014 Bennington College Academy of American Poets Prize!
Here is the academy award winning poem for you all to enjoy:
I’ve been procrastinating from answering this question for half an hour. Also I’m on Level 17 of Relic Quest so I don’t know if I can help you.
Here’s what some other (less productively-challenged) Wednesday afternoon shifters have to say:
"Find the right music to listen to"
"Just jump in"
"Don’t stack your train cars"
"Alternate between doing homework and episodes of Desperate Housewives"
"keep your shoes on"
Hope that helps.
Yes. There is.
It may not be like this:
but it won’t be like this either:
And if you’re lucky and here on the right day in May you might see something like this:
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.