Well, you’d probably have a hard time finding a large concert venue here in Bennington, VT, but you could take a 40 min drive to MASS MoCA and see someone like Beck this summer or take another 40 min drive to Albany and check out some venues there as well.
If you have a car it works out pretty well! I’d say it’s pretty wise of you to make friends with cars…at least one… (only kind of joking ;))
What is Pre-O you say? Well, let me tell you about the magical experience which is the Pre-Orientation Trip. This is an optional trip you can take before Orientation starts in the fall. You get to campus 4 days early and then spend 4 days and 3 nights hiking or canoeing depending on what trip you want. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new freshman (you’ll be in a group of about 10), hang out with some super cool, good-looking upper classmen and have a really wonderful, awesome trip in the great outdoors.
I might be a little biased because not only did I have an AMAZING time on my own Pre-O trip, I’m going to be a trip leader this year. So basically y’all should do it so you can spend time with me. But seriously …
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.
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
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:
a) You’ll learn to love the local goodwill and supplement it with online shopping. The nearest mall is in Albany, which is do-able either because a friend with a car is going or because sometimes the school runs a shuttle (we call it Mall-bany (of course, if you are a West Coaster you don’t get the pun because you pronounce it differently)) But why go to that trouble when you can shop in your own bed? And then pick up a package in the mail room? Everyone will be jealous of your cool box that you can walk around with.
b) Plain China is a great reason to come to Bennington. We just launched a new issue today! I worked on it last term and it was a great experience. You need faculty approval to join Plain China, so in a way that sort of excludes first-year students (who haven’t met any faculty yet). But you never know…show your enthusiasm and see what happens. And as for appearing in it, it happens all the time. The Silo, Bennington’s journal, is one of the journals we read. Here is a poem by my friends Laura. Here is my friend Marge’s lil Virginia Woolf inspired diddy.
c) Lastly, sometimes mosquitoes can be a bit much, and there are some bugs but it isn’t too bad. The only roaches we have are the ones we study…
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our favorite places to study/hang out on campus. So we (Carlos T. and Tommy M.) asked around the office, went out on a photo-journalistic adventure, and decided to create a little series of photos and related anecdotes. We want to show you how the spaces at Bennington end up being used, and why we end up loving them. And so, without further ado -
~Scenes from an Afternoon Walk~
The Architecture Studio (or the place Carlos sleeps standing up).
TOMMY and CARLOS enter, walk around.
TOMMY, a rising sophomore from Cambridge MA, studies music, writing, and Japanese. He is energetic, skinny, and brown-haired.
CARLOS, a rising senior from Guayaquil, Ecuador, studies architecture, drawing, assorted visual arts, and social sciences. He is brown-haired, brown-skinned, a thinker, and a screamer.
Carlos gravitates towards his personal workspace.
Last Wednesday in the office was an all-boys day. So, naturally, we played dress-up with each other.
Carlos ‘14 playing the part of Liam “I Wear a Grandma Sweater” Dailey
Liam ‘14, Duponting passionately
Alan Dupailey was born with a baseball cap on his head. The earthly incarnation of the Thug Life, his personal motto is, “Measure Twice, Cut Once.” He lives hard and takes no prisoners.