We have a raucous handful of students that work in comedy - incredibly smart people that always leave me in stitches. Bennington offers a couple of outlets, most notably a bimonthly open mic night. Last year, some students started a comedy evening on one of our house porches - very well attended, but I’m not quite sure if it’s still up and running. And while there have been murmurs of interest in a comedy/improv troupe, nothing has really gotten off the ground (in my time here, anyways…). But know that if you have any desire to start a group like this on campus, it is absolutely feasible. Interest varies from term to term, but there’s almost always something in the works that culminates with a wonderful and unusual evening of funny, funny people. There are plenty of student contacts that would love to sit down with you and dream up some new experience for comedy@bennington.
Remember though: there’s always something underneath. I’ll leave you with a radio project by my dear friend and fellow intern Emily Gaynor on what it means to be a funny woman. Enjoy!
- Jeremy ‘16
Yes - We have lots of parties on campus. There are bigger house parties, roughly one per weekend, and then smaller parties in people’s rooms. If I’m in the mood (who am I kidding when am I not in the mood) I can always find a party to go to, usually without leaving my house. This past term I hosted a “Safety Party” in my room. I framed my windows and my trimmings with caution tape and covered every surface in my room (floor included) with bubble wrap. I made everyone attending wear a helmet and I played lots of safety related music - (Safety Dance was of course the most played song of the night). I’m choosing not to conform to your two categories of ‘party’ but if you’re looking for either you won’t be disappointed, but I promise parties are plentiful. There is lots of fun to be had.
- Eliana ‘15
No. I mean, yes there are parties. And the parties party (phenomenology of the party). But the student students, and so I don’t find myself partying. Okay, sorry. It depends what kind of community you are in. Noyes was always pretty quiet on Friday and Saturday nights; people would spend time together watching movies or playing games, but go elsewhere if they felt like partying. We did have a few events which were smaller (“Noyes to Meet You”) which were casual and emphasized mingling over grinding, and tortilla chips over vodka. What I’m saying is, the party scene isn’t in your face and even those of us who don’t want to go wild have spaces to have a good time while still maintaining our sobriety, but more importantly, our dignity.
- Alan ‘15
Fortunately for you, we give you a bunch of platforms to ~*~shine!~*~ Besides the common app stuff and transcripts, we’d love to see a portfolio of anything you want to share (act for us?), and we’d love to chat (it’s really more of a chat than an interview). SAT/ACT scores are optional, but if you rock them, tell us. If you didn’t, don’t — we really don’t care that much. Strike up a correspondence with a current student if you’d like (email@example.com). We want to see the whole picture, not just some impressive stats. We were high school students once and we know the numbers aren’t everything.
Okay, so. To answer your question: no clue. It’s a case by case thing. If you’re as talented as you claim, I’d recommend you try and find other ways to show us that you apply yourself. I’m no counselor, but that’s what would worry me about a low GPA in this situation. Prove to us you’re not lazy. Moreover, that you’re enthused. How are you going to do that? That’s on you.
All the bed frames at Bennington are adjustable so you can make your bed as high or as low as you want. No risers necessary!
Your room is your oyster.
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…