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Language and Thinking Program
Arrival Day: Friday, August 11, 2023
All first-year students at Bard take part in the Language and Thinking Program (L&T), a three-week intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences. Outside of class, a series of events help L&T students get to know each other, become familiar with the campus and College resources, and settle into life at Bard.
All transfer students will participate in a three-day orientation.
Sakinah Bennett Talks About the First-Year Experience at Bard College
Sakinah Bennett is a Bard College student majoring in dance and historical studies. She is also a Posse Scholar. Sakinah talks to incoming students about the first-year experience at Bard, including the Language and Thinking Program, student advising, and getting involved on campus.
Understanding Where Someone Is Coming From
“Just look at our student clubs—we have so many for a small school,” observes Jonian Rafti. “The challenge is learning how to agree or disagree with all your peers since there are so many different beliefs on this campus. That’s an essential life skill: to understand where someone’s coming from and to be able to express your views in a meaningful way.”