Seeing as it’s May 1st and you guys are making the BIG decision, I felt that it’d be fitting to share a little, sentimental moment I had yesterday that makes me think about you, the incoming, Fall 2014 class :)
Last night I was sifting through a storage container that I keep in my closet. I was trying to find some old photographs to put up on my wall. I hadn’t looked through this container for a while and I had totally forgotten about what I chose to store in it. While rediscovering some old memorabilia, I came across the beautiful, white, embossed, Bennington folder that all of you know so well. While mine is all torn and has grayed over time, I quickly and carefully, as if it were some delicate artifact, pulled it out of the container and opened it up.
In it were all the familiar, brown and cream-colored, Bennington letters that I had received my high school, senior year (2 years ago at this point). I had kept all the letters that I got from when I visited the campus, my acceptance letter, my financial aid award letter, and the best one yet, the letter that was placed in the folder that I got when I arrived to campus for Orientation in the fall of 2012. I read through it and I have to say that I couldn’t help but get a little teary when I came across this part of the quote by Peter Dinklage ‘91: “Everyone you need is in this room…together, we have the potential to build something extraordinary.”
While I probably read this that very day and glossed over it because I was so overly excited to finally be here, reading it 2 years later made made me think about how true this statement is now that I’m half way through my time here at Bennington.
Everyone that I need is here. It re-enforced every deeply emotional, personal and intellectual conversation and shared experience I’ve had with my teachers and friends here on campus. Two years ago, I never thought how lucky I’d be to learn and create in an environment where the relationships that I’d create would last beyond my time here — and trust me, I can say this with much certainty even though I still have two years left.
"We most warmly welcome you to this shared adventure." As if the quote before wasn’t enough, this final statement at the end of the letter is what really got me.
I hope that each and every one of you who today made the decision to join the family are ready to dive into what will surely be your own unique adventure within our collective, shared adventure that it is to be a student at Bennington College.