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This is a magical place - an enchantedQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
This is a magical place - an enchanted portal to growth and opportunity for creative people who are multi-dimensional and self aware. Those who thrive here find their passions through exploring the possible - and sometimes imagining and creating what others might find impossible. We have the freedom to bring many diverse ideas and skills together in unique ways - navigating towards a future where we can make a real difference. This is not a hiding place for the pseudo-authentic non-conformist, nor is it a haven for confused or passive followers seeking a strong guiding hand. Those looking for someone to tell them what to think or provide a structure to follow are best served by making a choice other than Bennington. If you are the right person for this school, it can sculpt you into the best of who you can be - and perhaps for some it can be the catalyst destiny requires. For me, it is the best decision I could have made...and I am looking forward to learning, experiencing, and blooming even more in the months to come.
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Bennington is for a very specific type ofQuite BrightMusic - Performance
Bennington is for a very specific type of student. In the first year, we are encouraged to study broadly--in both familiar and unfamiliar ares of study. This prepares us to write our Plan Essay in the third term (second year.) The Plan Essay narrates our intended areas of study at Bennington. Let's say you write your Plan in music composition, poetry, but you are also interested in photography and agriculture. You, your advisor, a music faculty member, and a literature faculty member would meet to discuss your academic interests and assist you in selecting appropriate courses. All the teachers at Bennington are extremely available and friendly. A lot of teachers will show up at student performances. Bennington is a 24/7 community. It is a very beautiful and magical place to live. The farmhouses that line common's lawn are idyllic and majestic. There are a lot of cool concerts and house shows. It is a great place for musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and scientists. Everyone is interested in each others' work and supports one another. There is room for intense independent work but also opportunity for collaboration. Student life is great. I never feel bored on campus. There is a lot of frolicking and music playing on the lawn. I often make food and go hiking with friends. I am on swing dance club and help on the campus farm. Bennington is a bit of a hike from any big cities, but there is always something interesting and engaging happening on campus that students do not feel the need to leave on weekends. It is a beautiful and magical creative place!
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C+
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Bennington is a magical place.Quite BrightEnglish
Bennington is a magical place. Everyone is really passionate about their studies. The campus is beautiful. It is a casual and relaxed environment. Bennington is for a very specific type of person. You have to be really responsible. No one is going to be monitoring you to do your work. The work we are assigned is challenging because teachers expect a lot from you and encourage you to step completely outside of your comfort zone.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C+
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