May Day

In college admissions May 1 in known as National College Decision Day, but in Annapolis, MD May 1 is also known as “May Day”—the day where our city comes together to celebrate spring! The Garden Club of Old Annapolis invites all homeowners and businesses alike to take part in a May Day Basket competition. This…

Behind the Scenes in DC

Today I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to tag along with a group of Johnnies as they ventured into DC. Although many students visit our nation’s capital during their time at St. John’s (whether for fun or for one of it’s many internship opportunities), today was a little different…today I was able to…

Spring Break = Faculty & Staff Luncheon

It is the last day of spring break, and we are eager for campus to be alive again with students next week…but this afternoon the Annapolis campus community gathered for some good ole Mission BBQ. What was the reason?  Our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: During this time, President Kanelos took the time to…

A little Valentine Fun

The admissions office is busy prepping for our Regular Decision admission letters to go out tomorrow Friday, February 15th. HOWEVER…we are never too busy to stop, smell the roses, and have a little fun during the holiday. I introduce to you our Valentine’s Day fun:  

The Art of the Wax Seal

Admissions Counselors develop many skills: active listening, interpersonal communication, counseling, problem solving, navigating travel reward programs, and so on. At St. John’s, there is one additional skill that all staff must perfect—the art of wax sealing. Wait, what is that?! You read correctly, every admissions counselor in our office must learn how to use a…

Why attend St. John’s? Top 9 Reasons

On behalf of Eric Poppele St. John’s tutor, Santa Fe The faculty of St. John’s College are not called professors. The job of a professor is to profess, that is, to tell what they know. We don’t lecture here. As tutors our job is to elicit thoughtfulness and inquiry. We ask questions not because we…

What it is like to “go back”

This past week I went back to high school. OK, I didn’t really go back to high school…I went back to visit the college counseling center at the same high school I attended: Fairfield High School in Fairfield, CT. The name has since changed to Fairfield Warde High School, but the spirit and essence of…

Insight into the annual conference in the most rewarding profession.

by: Karin Ente This past week I, along with a number of the admissions staff, attended the 74th annual National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. How many of your friends say “I want to be a College Admissions Counselor when I grow up”? Chances are not many, but…

Where was the admissions staff last week?

This past week, August 6-9 2018, the enrollment team stepped away from our desks to gather for our annual retreat. Admissions and Financial Aid counselors from Santa Fe joined those of us on the Annapolis campus for some serious team building, travel planning, and creative brainstorming. Our enrollment team strives to be friendly, personalized, student-focused, […]

Crab Crawl 2018

This past Thursday, we had the opportunity to host 49 High School College Counselors from across the United States (and Puerto Rico!) for the annual Crab Crawl College Tour. These counselors were visiting from California, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and beyond! Over the course of one…