Hi back atcha!
Our academic programs here are not audition/application based, so you could explore your interest in costume design starting your freshman year. If you have already created pieces that you want to share with us, you could certainly send along photos of them to the Admissions office when you apply. We’d love to see ‘em! However, the school doesn’t require portfolios for entry into specific classes until you get to an advanced work stage.
As for your second question, YES! Field Work Term is our seven-week internship period that happens every winter, which allows students to connect their academic studies to the “real world”. You can read all about it here. While each of us is responsible for finding our own FWTs, there’s a lot of support from the FWT office, which can help connect you with an internship and/or housing.
We have all sorts of folks with different appreciation for the outdoors. Some are super gung-ho about leaving campus every weekend to go hiking, climbing, or camping in the surrounding Taconic/Green Mountains. Others are just as excited to lounge about at the End of the World soaking up the sun as they study. I think you’ll find all sorts of outdoor interest in between those as well.
You can totally take dance even if its not a part of your plan, yes yes! My first term, I took Susan Sgorbati’s “First Year Dance Intensive” which was GREAT even though I had a super limited dance background. Since then, I’ve taken both of Souleymane Badolo’s “Contemporary African/ Burkina Faso” classes which changed my life (On a side note, Solo absolutely is the best. He was recently written up in the NY Times…sorry, had to brag a little about him…)
Hope that helps!
- Julia ‘15
The first opportunity is before orientation on one of the pre-O trips. Last year there was backpacking, canoeing, and biking. During fall term every other weekend or so there were trips including river rafting, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Things of this nature are handled by Andrew Wu in the office of student of life so if you have an idea you should definitely stop by!
Not sure if there is a community, but there have been whitewater paddling trips in the past, usually each term and usually when it is warmer. I know that there are definitely people interested in canoeing, kayaking etc, my friend brought her kayak last term. Also it is super easy to start a club on campus, the outdoor club would probably be a good place to start. Personally, I would be down to join in the fun.
We also have Pre-Orientation trips for freshman before orientation which is a great way to get to know people and enjoy the wilderness of Vermont. One of those trips is a canoeing trip, so not whitewater kayaking in particular, but water none the less.
How am I going to celebrate the end of my finals you ask? I’m going to jump in freezingcold Lake Paran at 2:30!!!! WEEEEEEEEE!!!
The outdoor program here is alive and active. Some recent trips by the outdoor club are: Whitewater rafting, overnight hiking trip on the Long Trail (VT’s portion of the Appalachian Trail), horseback riding, and several climbing trips.
In the first few weeks of spring term the will be more winter related trips, tubing and maybe skiing. But there is always skiing and snow shoeing equipment available in the Rec Barn along with other equipment for hiking, camping, rock climbing etc.
Within the outdoor program there is a rock climbing club that climbs on the climbing wall in the Rec Barn every night and they also take climbing trips on the weekends, sometimes even over night.
Lastly, before Orientation each year there are Pre-Orientation trips which are 4-day outdoor trips led by other students for new students to get to know each other and have an awesome time hiking, canoeing, or biking for a few days before Orientation.
Yes, there are a lot of people that participate in the outdoor program because it is pretty fun and a neat way to get to know some awesome people and because, for the most part, it is totally student driven.
Meditaiton: There is a yoga class called Meditation in Motion lead by a student but as to an actual meditation club, there was one last term but, to my knowledge, it has not resumed this term. But you are welcome to start one! There is definitely plenty of interest on campus.
Rock Climbers on a recent trip to Nine Corner Lake in NY.