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| Bennington is everything I expected from my twenty minute visit as a high school senior. Intense, flexible, creative, isolated, polarizing. You have to be a very specific kind of person to thrive here. The good is very good. Teachers are generally astute, inspiring and willing to help. The campus is beautiful. The academic program is enriching. I am a literature and international relations student and I have only good things to say about my academic education. However, the rural, isolated campus and the small population can lead to boredom and alienation. The incestuous nature of living with 700 other people in the middle of the woods causes a lot of drama for many people. Students burn out quickly... I mostly avoided this by being a total hermit the first semester of my freshmen year and having a serious long-distance boyfriend which kept me away from the sexually charged culture here. Be careful who you sleep with... |
|Jun 26 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Bennington is a small community, and it can be intense. It isn't for everyone. But for the people it IS for, it works. The program here is really self-designed: you design your own major, decide what classes are important to your academic plan. There aren't many people here, but everyone is incredibly interested and passionate about what they do. This isn't a place for the feint of heart. But it also isn't competitive. The competition is with yourself, to make yourself better, not to make yourself better than everyone else. Overall, it's a very constructive environment, and a wonderful, accepting community. But NOT for everyone. Anyone who wants to go here should visit first, in my opinion. |
|May 21 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| Like any other college it's about what you put into it. If you want to have an fulfilling academic education you can do it here. The big problems with the academics though would be the limit of teachers in each discipline. If your interested in the dance program don't be. It's a bunch of people running around to crappy music telling people it's modern. If you want a real dance education go to Purchase, Julliard etc. Most people doing visual arts are super pretentious and personally I feel if you want to study visual arts you may as well go to an arts school and get a really solid education. Bennington academics are geared more towards liberal arts and humanity type majors. |
The social scene is on campus. You can find something to do almost any night that's if you want to party. Otherwise it's mostly about hanging around with your group of friends. The campus has lots of things going on bands, concerts etc. It gets pretty isolating though since your pretty much in the middle of nowhere. People go down to the city a lot. I had a car and I still felt trapped. The students are off beat to say the least.
Dealing with the administration is impossible. There are nice and caring individuals within it though but everything is tied in red tape so it's hard for anything to get done. They deal poorly with mental issues and sexual harassment. The school being so small makes most personal situations a lot worse then necessary. I didn't hate my experience it was simply to intense. If I hadn't had so many personal issues to deal with I might still be there. But I am happy I left cause I've realized that their are plenty of off beat and interesting colleges, most of them a lot less $. If your not positive you want to go to Bennington don't go and I highly suggest having your classes graded if you do go. It is nearly impossible to transfer credit which is a big waist of money. It's a hit or miss college.
|Apr 21 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2010 |