here is a pic of me and my friend Army James in our respective winter and army wear back home (New Mexico) taken in the middle of february two years ago:
here is another pic of me in typical winter attire in vermont also taken in the middle of february this year:
we adapt. army strong.
Write to me and escape! Let’s do some matchmaking.
My name is Alan. I study ~~language and gender/sexuality~~ through playwriting and linguistics; so I’ve studied in education, playwriting, dramatic literature, psychology, Japanese, literature, um, bio twice? Most recently, this has resulted in an original play which I want to call “Trigger Warning: Catharsis” but I’m not gutsy enough so it is called “How Time Bombs Must Feel.” I love the 70s — hence the pina colada song; Really, though, Fleetwood Mac and Harry Nilsson are the best. In high school I was engaged with school just enough to maintain a television addiction. My actual education was in Alias, Buffy, Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY), Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files. But my absolute favorites are In Treatment, Six Feet Under and the Good Wife. I often channel Alica Florrick while making major life decisions. Life goals include seeing all of the 1001 movies you must see before you die, and visiting Tibet. I’m all about horror movies (I watch them whenever I’m depressed — everyone think I’m nuts for this). Email me about how strong female protagonists in television can inform YOUR college decision making process. Or if you have easy recipes that are convenient for the magic bullet. Tea drinker, playwright, scholar. Be my friend! firstname.lastname@example.org
Im Kagan I like anime and i study animation and Chinese not Japanese lmfao..! email@example.com please email anime recommendations also cool games NOT Call of DUty also I need to beat this one guy in a pokemon battle so what’s the best pokemon team. g-d bless
Hey, I’m Ray. I’m headed into my senior work, my plan is in literature and conflict resolution, and it’s all about how fiction affects people’s thoughts on social and political issues. I’m also a huge history nerd. The biggest question in my life right now though is how soon I’ll be able to get Dragon Age Inquisition to run on my Mac. Because my interest in that is… totally about studying how Bioware builds much-needed diversity into a regressive industry, and not at all about smashing things and kissing virtual girls. That’s possibly the biggest lie I ever told. Email me if you like cool stories, feminism/queer stuff, smashing things, or… for completeness’ sake I want to also put “kissing girls” but it might come off a little weird. Er. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey, I’m late to the game on personal ads, but here we go…
My name is Alana and I like long walks on the beach and talking late into the night under the stars… just kidding (not really). I am a dancer who is interested in identity and community. When I am not in the dance studios, I could be found in a psychology or education class or outside enjoying nature. I have been recently picking up an old interest in fire spinning and continue to be amazed by the absolutely insane miracle that is the human experience! Email me to talk about your favorite loose leaf tea, your most used Pandora station, everything spirituality wise, anything sexuality,and all things polyamory :) email@example.com*
*whether my ad won you over or not, everyone should listen to my new favorite song/video that acted as my summer soundtrack:
Wow, I could talk for hours about this because I have asked myself this exact question.You are asking the right question and I applaud you for that. I would like to know a bit more about you so that I can be most useful in imagining how the dance program here could be helpful to you.
Before Bennington I was dancing 14-18 hours a week at a strictly technique-driven dance school. I was training in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, break dancing. I came to Bennington and expanded that vocabulary with west african, tribal fusion bellydance, contact improvisation, emergent improvisation, and composition. I have learned to break down a lot of my own misconceptions of what dance “should” be and in doing so have been challenged to find my own vocabulary. I have various vocabularies in my body from previous training and Bennington gave me an outlet to figure out who I was as a dancer. I have more of a basis in composition than my friends that went on to a more conservative dance program which I believe has established longevity in my career as an artist.
I can only speak for my experience, but this school has been extremely helpful for me as a dancer and person. I have gone through my fair share of ups and downs and looking back on them I think they have helped establish me as an artist more so than a dancer. Going into my senior year, mainly focusing on dance, I feel that I will be ready to enter the dance world outside of Bennington. To help in this preparation I am taking classes such as Artists Portfolio, Dance in the 21st Century, and Sourcing the Body. I would love to talk to you a bit more about who you are to see if Bennington would be helpful to you.
Please email me and mention this post so we can chat more. I welcome all dancers to do the same!
There is a yarn shop up in Manchester (Yarns for the Soul) that is pretty cool and they give discounts to college students. There is also a lady who sells it from her farm (Shaftsbury Alpaca), just outside of North Bennington - but visit her when you’ve got lots of time as she can be chatty.
As far as knitters on campus, there are lots! I am a huge knitter and I would be happy to work with you. There isn’t a formal knitting club but lots of people sit together and knit with friends. Also, maybe you can find a cool yarn store during FWT - I always buy a skein to remember a place.
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Glad you asked. I wrote a thing about undergraduate playwriting degrees during an internship and it was heavily informed by my experience at Bennington, so it might be useful.
It’s helpful to remember that Bennington doesn’t have any pre-designed “programs” — instead, with some help, you get to navigate your own way through our award-deserving curriculum. And, yes, it supports an interest in playwriting.
My approach has been to work with Sherry Kramer (playwright, goddess), Kathleen Dimmick (dramaturg, director), Peter Jones (education researcher) and Ron Cohen (social psychologist) and dabble in literature. Sherry’s classes give me my much-needed creative outlet. Kathleen has taught me the greats: from Sophocles to Pinter. Peter teaches “discourse analysis” and “conversation analysis” which gave me another angle to think about dialogue. And Ron is just the best. I’ve learned about social issues (and how to research them) in his classes which helps with tackling difficult content.
But you should tackle it however you want!!
P.S. Go read Sherry’s play “David’s Red-Haired Death” immediately. There is no one better to study playwriting with. I’m convinced!
Over here on the East Coast we are more Green Mountain Coffee people. (Disclaimer: I say ‘we’, but I’m probably the only person on this campus who doesn’t drink coffee) While there aren’t really coffee shops on campus there are plenty of places you can get it for free. Admissions (bring your own mug), Student Life, the Bookstore etc. I can only speak to the Admissions coffee scene but we have a K-cups of a variety of flavors (blends? coffee is confusing) as well as a lot of teas.
There are some awesome free range, organic, local (those first two were a joke) places around Bennington/North Bennington. There is Nite Jars which is a tea house and South Street Cafe which is a popular study spot. Not to be forgotten is Brown Cow Cafe which serves Mocha Joe’s coffee which is coffee roaster in Brattleboro. Cathy’s Coffee is also in Bennington and a few other places.
You could also go the route many people take (I say many people, but I really mean my boyfriend) who grinds his coffee every morning and then uses a seemingly complex process using air to press his coffee. I don’t understand it, but he does so we’re good.
The coffee drinkers around me urge you take a hiatus from you Seattle/LA/San Francisco coffee and try some Vermont coffee. Plus you will have some cool new things to bring home to your friends.
Happy coffee drinking!
not 2 b saucy but…
Carlos ‘14: I am staying here! Hanging out with Evan and working as a Kilpatrick fellow for the school, for which I am very excited.
Genelle ‘15: I will be working at a neuroscience lab at Brandies University.
Doug ‘16: I am working at two art galleries in NYC
Ben ‘14: I am working with Brian Campion, making some videos for his re-election and then I’ll most likely be working at a summer school.
Alan ‘15: I’m going home where I’m going to start doing research for my senior work in playwriting.
The Tuesday Afternoon Crew!
We have a traditional grading system but students must opt into taking their classes for grades. There’s a range of reasons why a student might choose to take their classes for grades. I do because I find that it’s a good motivator for me. Regardless of whether students choose to take grades, their professor will still write a detailed evaluation of their performance in class. So, no matter what you choose, your work will be thoroughly assessed.
Each professor conducts finals for their class a little differently, some require a paper, a project, an exam or maybe even another thing that I can’t even fathom. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that you don’t need to receive grades to complete a culminating assignment for your class.
Here are some examples of what the Monday morning shift is working on:
Alan: I am writing sociolinguistics paper about the reality TV show Polyamory: Married & Dating and what happens when an unconventional relationship structure is brought into the viewer’s home. It’ll probably end up being 60 pages long….
Alana: Coincidentally, I am also studying polyamorous researchers and their bias towards relationship dynamics in my Human Natures class. And for my Rethinking Education class I’m trying to design a course without using a syllabus.
Arden: For my Historical Grievance and Retrospective Redress (4000 level history class), I am doing many case studies about how different organizations and classrooms teach the Holocaust and other state sponsored genocides. Tonight I’m having a dramatic reading of scenes from the plays Information for Foreigners by Griselda Gamboro and An Investigation by Peter Weiss, then I will lead a discussion on the role of the bystander in state sponsored genocide. Basically, my case studies have led to me trying out my own lessons.
Alex: Lucas Marten and I have been writing a comedy variety show since Field Work Term and story boarding it. Now we’re shooting it for our Intro to Video class.
Emily: In Big: Exploring Large Scale Photography I’ve been working on creating photographs and collages that explore personal as well as mass produced ideas of domestic fantasy. For my final I’ve made two inkjet prints (one 22x30” and one 22x40”) and one oldy time analog b&w self portrait at 30x30”.