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.
Now, I’ve been at Bennington for almost two years, and I’ve only heard whispers about these “bois”. Cryptozoologists claim that they do in fact exist, albeit on the very fringes of our society.
Being a skeptic, I don’t listen to or believe anything anyone tells me ever, not even my dad, so I went out today to find some PROOF that “bois” are real and inhabit our Bennington College US Campus.
Here’s what I found:
they’re out there….. u just need to know where to look……….
kagan “i am also a boy” ‘16
Rescinding admission isn’t something the school does often, but it can be something they decide to do, unfortunately. Rest assured, everyone here is a human and understands that things like family issues, etc. do happen, but you definitely don’t want the first news the Admissions counselors get about your grades dropping to be when they get your final grades at the end of the year.
I would recommend either emailing your Admissions counselor or giving us a call at 802-379-3508 to discuss your situation so there’s an idea of what’s going on in your life. Even if you’re only a little concerned, you should let a counselor know, because no one wants to have to send or receive that horrible horrible letter after you’ve already been accepted.
it’s warm out,
hello and prepare yourself:
there are open mics every other week not specifically for poetry but sometimes (less often) the bookstore will host poetry nites// the internet is pretty fast and wifi is everywhere on campus but it can get pretty slow around midnite when everyone watches netflix at once// the nearest major city is albany new york it’s about an hour away// you don’t have to do any gen ed classes at all here// there are 2000 and 4000 level classes and the 2000 level courses are all pretty good courses to take if you want to get started in a discipline but they aren’t always explicitly “intro” courses and if you think you’re it makes sense you can probs meet with a teacher and talk your way into their 4000 level course even as a first year student i’ve done it we’ve all done it// we have a lot of nyc students here they all adjust pretty well it’s fine you’ll be fine don’t worry.
haha hah hi
actually, all of the acceptance letters this year are electronic. We went there. students who matriculate at Bennington do get class t-shirts, and while (SADLY) there aren’t any real, live frisbees in the mail (if you get a real frisbee in the mail call COPS), I found this online electronic computer frisbee for you. it has music and sounds and when you get the frisbee in the thing people clap for you.
Housing and course registration for incoming First Year Students will be sent out in the summer, usually around mid-July.
The housing questionnaire gets pretty in-depth, from favorite type of music to personal cleanliness and stuff like that, and Student Life will then go through each one and set everybody up with what they think would be the best room and house situation.
The course registration is fairly straightforward. The Dean’s Office will send out a form on which you’ll put around four or five of your top course choices, and then list some alternate courses just in case you don’t make it into one or two of your primary choices. The Fall 2014 hasn’t been released yet, but you can take a look at last fall’s to get a general idea of what kinds of classes are offered.
<3 Kagan ‘16
yo you wouldn’t BELIEVE the resources!!
But for real, don’t worry! You won’t just be thrust into the Job Hunt all on your own.
The go-to resource for most students is probably Worklink, a site run by the FWT Office where employers can upload positions which you can then apply to. All online! The FWT Office will even help you with things like resume and cover letter writing! So simple and easy!~
If Worklink don’t cut it, another (arguably bigger) resource is the network you’ll have simply by being a human among humans at Bennington. Whether it’s a Former Employer, Acquaintance, Friend From Home, or Someone’s Dad, most students and teachers know a bunch of people who could hook you up with a job if you’re cool and nice.
That being said, finding a job is still very much a self-driven thing. The resources aren’t going to be of any use if they’re not being used (ha ha ha.) As important as having connections and resources may be, no one is going to get you a job but you.
Don’t Drink and Drive!
<3 Kagan ‘16
The process is super easy; you just have to check a box off on your Intent to Enroll form, and gap years are accepted unequivocally.
Even if you’re not 100% sure you want to take a gap year, I would definitely recommend contacting Holly, the counselor in charge of gap year stuff, at firstname.lastname@example.org and just let her know what’s going on. She’ll help you figure it all out.
See you next/nextnext year!
<3 Kagan ‘16
Unfortunately, the July Program ended a number of years ago. Bennington no longer has any sort of Pre-College programs—the closest thing being the Young Writers Competition.
So, sorry about that.
As for leaving home, I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Coming to Vermont from New Mexico, I think I speak for most people when I say that by the time you graduate high school, you’re just ready. You’re probably gonna want to leave. Maybe (hopefully) it’s not an “Oh man I hate this place get me outta here!” kind of thing, but in more of a Next Chapter Of Your Life (hehehehehe) way.
~you’ll be fine~
<3 Kagan ‘16
If you have the time to be bored in college, you’re either really lucky or doing college wrong. For the most part, we’re constantly busy with our coursework, but I think a majority of Bennington students would agree when I say we enjoy our work.
What little free time you have (if you’re not catching up on sleep) will probably be spent trying to make it to as many on-campus events as possible. Just this weekend, we’ve got a concert in one of the houses, a student written and directed play (“Bert on Fire” by Sam Mayer ‘14, dir. Julia Mounsey ‘13,) our bi-annual 24-hour Plays, The Dupont Brothers are performing as part of our March Music Series, and that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.
I could write an essay for you about this, but I think this video by Erika Lygren ‘16 will tell you a lot more than I can.
<3 Kagan ‘16
Assuming you’re Regular Decision, DO IT! (If you applied Early Action/Decision, on the other hand, it’s probably too late.)
Happy Flu Season!
<3 Kagan ‘16
If you need some inspiration, here are two lit-related FWTs just around the office:
Anushka- Random House, helping decide the initial round of possible publications to be looked at by editors.
Emily- Writopia Lab in NYC, helping to teach kids learn to read and write, and editing their literary magazine.
If you can’t think of anything. my advice would be to not confine yourself to just the field in which you think you want to study; it’s not uncommon for a first FWT to be a bit unrelated while still informative. Last year, I worked with a non-profit art organization in North Bennington, and while it had nothing to do with Chinese or Animation, it was still a cool experience to get to know the off-campus community and learn about the workings of a locally run and funded non-profit.
So if you’re having trouble imagining a FWT in the realm of creative writing, try thinking of another job you’ve always wanted that may not have much to do with your current area of study. And there’s no limit to where you can go— there have been FWTs all over the world. Just thinking within the office, we’ve got Jeremy going to Japan, and Julia to Mexico.
Don’t worry~Happy Holiday~
<3 Kagan ‘16
FISH ONLY!!! ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)
There are hella dogs (and a few cats) around campus that belong to different faculty and staff, though, and a few of the faculty members living in the house apartments have pets that tend to hang around.
<3 Kagan ‘13
<3 Kagan ‘16
To add on to this, Bennington does not have its own study abroad programs in other locations. Bennington supports you in finding programs, applying, figuring out visas, and preparing for the experience abroad. Feel free to call Kendra Ericson, Assistant Director for Academic Services, at 802-753-2490 with any questions.
-Kate D. ‘14