Posts tagged snow

What's the ski culture like at Bennington? Are there trips with a school group/ how often? — Asked by Anonymous

There was at one point a club but as all things at Bennington it ebbs and flows based on who is here right now. Student Life usually has a few trips during term. But, if you want to go skiing then you could totally make it happen. Most of mountains around here offer some sort of student discount too. Additionally, if you are one who prefers cross country or snow shoeing you can rent all of the equipment needed for that at the Rec Barn on campus. 

I will note that we are not here in January and February which are the prime months for skiing around here. That being said, do a FWT where you could be near (or on) a mountain where you could ski so you can make the most of the season. As someone who loves to snow shoe my FWTs are all about finding more winter. I have been in Vermont, Alaska, and Maine (which, contrary to popular belief didn’t have much snow). When my adviser suggested going to Alabama I smiled, said I would consider it, and then promptly kept looking for work in Alaska. 

You do you. 

-Glennis

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Snowy campus!

Liam

On a scale of one to Texas how bad are the mosquitos in Vermont? Any extreme natural phenomena we should look forward to? — Asked by Anonymous

I don’t know what Texas is like, but I’m assuming “one” is good because of my knowledge of “A Chorus Line”, which would mean Texas is bad. So in that case I would say its about a Louisiana. I have no idea what I am talking about I am just making things up.

Bring some bug-spray, you’ll survive. I would give you a bit more info, but its been different every year I’ve been here. This summer has been dreadful because of the rain, but the rain was an anomaly. Its buggier here than I was ready for, but it isn’t a big deal. Other natural phenomena…snow.

-Alan ‘15

First Day of Spring. Or not. 
-Jessieh

First Day of Spring. Or not. 

-Jessieh

Despite the fact that I never know what I’m doing in the snow (I’m from Alabama) I can’t wait for campus to look like this again.
Photo credit: Crossett Library Flickr
- jason

Despite the fact that I never know what I’m doing in the snow (I’m from Alabama) I can’t wait for campus to look like this again.

Photo credit: Crossett Library Flickr

- jason

I know that with FWT students miss the majority of the winter weather but are there ever any snow days? — Asked by Anonymous

No!! We’ve never had an official snow day. Vermont winters are notorious so the whole town of Bennington tends to be well prepared for any type of snow situation. On the OTHER hand when I got back from FWT my sophomore year the snow was so heavy that some of my professors couldn’t make it to campus for class. But at the same time Jess still had class because her professor lived on campus…. So I’d keep an eye on the weather report but chances are Bennington professors will make it to class come hail or high water. 

-Michaela

Someone asked to see more pictures of snow on campus…an odd request, considering the recent 90-100 degree heat wave, but hey, whatever helps you beat the heat! For your viewing pleasure, here is a slideshow I’ve compiled of snow pictures from previous blog posts, with a few more mixed in (brrrrr!) Photo cred in captions, see below for links to original posts.

Frosty!

-Amira ‘13

Meg ‘12

India‘12

Leah ‘13

Jason ‘13

how does one become a house chair? — Asked by Anonymous

Hello! I am the house chair of Bingham, so I can answer this question. Any student who has been at Bennington for at least a year can apply to be a house chair. Most people apply in the house in which they live because they feel attached or want to work for that community specifically, but some people do in fact apply for other houses.

There is an application with about five or six questions that you fill out. The questions ask things like “Why do you want to be a house chair?” and “What challenges do you see arising?”, etc. After the initial application is done, there is an in house vote and you give a small speech to the house. And after that, there the interview with staff of the Student Life office and current house chairs. You usually are interviewed by three people at a time.

Once all of that is done, it’s just time to wait and see what happens! Being a house chair is an awesome job if you are interested in helping to foster a community in your house and be there as support for the residents, but also if you want to be involved with larger, school wide community building. 

-India K, ‘12

P.S. This is my favorite photo of Second Street covered in snow! I took it my junior year. Check out McCullough to the right and Welling at the end. Kilpat is nearly invisible!

It is snowing pretty hard outside right now so I’m reading by my ginormous window so I can keep watch
-Janiele ‘12

It is snowing pretty hard outside right now so I’m reading by my ginormous window so I can keep watch

-Janiele ‘12

I woke up early today, around 6:30, to prepare for a final I had in a visual arts class. After installing my artwork, I sat outside our commons building and looked at this for a while. It felt so perfect. The sky was brilliantly calming. This is my last Fall term in this place and I am going to miss it immensely.

-India K, ‘12

The view from my window is making it very hard to write this paper.
- jason

The view from my window is making it very hard to write this paper.

- jason

Well, it’s the last day of classes, and while everyone was busy doing their last finals or taking a well-deserved celebration-sleep last night, about 6 inches of beautiful snow was dumped on Vermont.
I’m really going to miss this place. It only takes a little snow to renew the beauty of the campus in the eyes of even the most jaded Juniors and Seniors.
We’re all going away for our 3-week winter break and then our 7-week Field Work Terms. I’m leaving tonight to go to Denmark before I go to Indiana to work at an art museum for my Field Work Term. I couldn’t be happier with the last impression I’ll get of Bennington until the end of February.
Farewell for now, beautiful school!
-Leah
P.S. A bunch of us will be blogging over Field Work Term, so stay tuned!!
Photo of the Admissions building on the morning of December 8th.

Well, it’s the last day of classes, and while everyone was busy doing their last finals or taking a well-deserved celebration-sleep last night, about 6 inches of beautiful snow was dumped on Vermont.

I’m really going to miss this place. It only takes a little snow to renew the beauty of the campus in the eyes of even the most jaded Juniors and Seniors.

We’re all going away for our 3-week winter break and then our 7-week Field Work Terms. I’m leaving tonight to go to Denmark before I go to Indiana to work at an art museum for my Field Work Term. I couldn’t be happier with the last impression I’ll get of Bennington until the end of February.

Farewell for now, beautiful school!

-Leah

P.S. A bunch of us will be blogging over Field Work Term, so stay tuned!!

Photo of the Admissions building on the morning of December 8th.

Winter is great and all but this morning on my way back from the dining hall a tree decided to drop its heavy, snowy burden on my head. Ehm. Walk carefully. 

This morning, the snow is all melting and the sun is way too bright. I’m depressed. But until it all goes away, things are looking pretty magical.

- Meg ‘12

The first snow out my window in Bingham. Just started falling today, about an hour ago. Definitely earlier than normal this year! Pretty crazy. But so beautiful.
-India K, ‘12

The first snow out my window in Bingham. Just started falling today, about an hour ago. Definitely earlier than normal this year! Pretty crazy. But so beautiful.

-India K, ‘12