This is my preferred mode of travel:
But if that’s not for you, you have a few other options. Most modes of public transit (jet planes, trains, buses) stop in Albany (NY), which is roughly an hour away from campus. People usually hitch a ride with another Bennington student from there or take the shuttle that runs at designated times in the term. There’s a rideshare group on Facebook where people post about their travels and link up for rides and gas $$.
Believe it or not, a couple of freshman biked here from Pennsylvania at the start of the term. Crazy spice.
- David ‘13
Sit back and ask yourself two questions: if I could be anywhere in the world, where would I be? and what would I be doing?
Write down all your answers and before you know it you’ll be planning your FWT. The only advise I have is to not put it off. Plan as early as you can.
I love going to Boston. One of my best friends lives in Cambridge. I’ve gone like 5 times this term!
Boston is about 3 hours away. By car you can take 90 or 2 all the way there. There are buses that go from Albany to Boston. I think they take about 4 hours. I’m not sure if there is any rail service.
Generally I think it is a pretty easy trip. If you have a car, it is super easy. By bus, you’d have to figure out how to get to Albany, but then it would’t be a problem.
We have a Facebook group called “Bennington College Rideshare” for this very purpose!
Very well utilized, and as a car-drivin’ gal, I’m always looking for contributions for gas in exchange for a ride somewhere :)
[Here’s a sneak preview posted by Ellie, who also wants to add that people put up posters around campus as well.]
I’d say getting to Albany is relatively easy, there are good people on this campus who will drive you there for gas money or you can bribe them with McDonald’s and/or Crossett library paraphernalia.
I asked a couple of my friends how their FWT’s have been going and these are some snippets of the best things so far.
Ranleigh ‘13 - Architecture Firm: Barcelona, Spain
Went on a “business trip” to Cadaqués, a little fisherman’s village on a bay on the Coasta Brava with my FWT supervisor to take measurements for a house I’ll be drawing next week. She also taught me how make a traditional Tortilla Española (spanish potato omlette) and gave me a tour of the village which was a popular hang out for young artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and John Cage.
Eissa Saeed ‘12 - Paper Magazine: 5th Avenue, NYC
photo by me of commons lawn just a couple weeks ago before the first snow
So, as you may have gathered from the title of this post, I am a senior and it is absolutely terrifying. However! There are good things about being a senior. Getting to take one on one tutorials with awesome professors, concentrating really intensely on your senior work, getting a sweet single in the house you live in, basically feeling awesome because you’re the oldest people on campus (or horrible, depending on the day).
Another cool thing that some friends and I have put together are our senior year bucket lists. It’s shocking that in a few short months I will no longer be living in this gorgeous state and this wonderful little town. So to make sure I do everything I want to in my last year, this is, lovely readers, a bucket list for Bennington and the surrounding areas (some I have already done, and I am constantly adding on!)
Click through for the list! With convenient links to more information about everything! Awesome.
-India K, ‘12