Princeton University '11
"When the time came to pull long hours in the library, it was great to have a close group of friends doing the exact same thing. Everyone worked together to get all the work done. I think the best aspect of having a small program like Bennington's was that it kept me engaged. It also allowed me to participate in class, something I hadn't really done since high school.
"Not only was our class close-knit, the postbac students as individuals were interesting, active, and social. It was great to be in a program with people who wanted to randomly go to the lake for a swim, go on a hike, play Wiffle® ball, or grab a beer at Kevin's. My year at Bennington taught me that it's definitely possible to pursue a career in medicine while maintaining an active and social life.
"What I really liked about all of the classes was the emphasis on class discussion. Many people tend to see science as black and white, right or wrong. Discussing concepts and problems taught us that there is no one correct way to think about a particular problem, no one scientific perspective to apply. I came from a mechanical engineering background so I found this method of teaching to really tone down the technical aspects of the topics, however I think it was great for most of the students in the program because it taught them how to think, how to ask better questions and what questions to ask.
"For me Bennington was a perfect location to do a postbac program. It was a great place to focus on school and spend time outdoors, playing sports, working out, and hanging out with friends. I joined an indoor soccer league in Manchester, playing two games a week. I did a fair amount of running and training for the Bennington marathon, which I ran with a fellow postbac and Bennington undergraduate friend.
"It's difficult to summarize what the Bennington postbac experience was all about. I came to Bennington because the program is small, only one year, has a field-work term, and has a good acceptance rate into medical school. Reflecting on my experience, I absolutely made the right decision."