What are our counselors reading over break?

A few weeks ago I thought it’d be in my best interest to send out a form to the admissions staff, inquiring about our reading plans over break. This was partially to showcase how well-read our staff is, but was also selfishly a plan to give me some good book recommendations for our holiday break….

Thanksgiving in the Dining Hall!

In Annapolis and Santa Fe, we’re getting ready for a quick break to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Last week, the Annapolis campus was able to get a quick preview of break with a Thanksgiving Day Meal. This year’s menu included roasted turkey breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, and even stuffing waffles! Oh, and plenty of veggie…

The Maryland Renaissance Fair

By Brittany Kemmer Fall brings some of the very best things to Annapolis – the new Johnnie class, of course, the National Boat Show, cooler breezes…and a personal favorite of mine, the Maryland Renaissance Festival!  Proudly a bit obsessed with the Faire, it’s a staple in my autumn calendar, and I haven’t missed a season…

Behind the Scenes

It all began with a script…a script about the adventures of Johnnies. At St. John’s, we are always working toward new ways to share the student experience with prospective Johnnies. We do this through emails, campus visits, one-on-one meetings, phone calls, images, and video. It can sometimes seem daunting trying to keep all messaging platforms…

Registration Day 2019

This past week, we welcomed two incredible classes to our Santa Fe and Annapolis campuses. Annapolis held their registration day last Wednesday, August 22nd, and Santa Fe welcomed their class this Monday, August 26th. We registered a strong class of 238 students between our two amazing campuses. Below are some further breakdowns of the class…

Seminar Skills: Thinking Interdisciplinarily

I was recently able to sit in on a presentation about college admissions for students and parents, focused primarily on liberal arts education. The speaker addressed the parents in the room and asked how many of them had heard of the job Social Media Manager ten years ago. User Experience Designer? Cloud developer? These are…

Seminar Skills – Learning Collaboratively

Liberal arts education is the topic of lots of discussion in much of the education-related media I see day-to-day. Many articles have been written about both its merits and weaknesses. As someone who graduated from a liberal arts school, had a great experience, and now works at another intense liberal arts school, I thought it might…

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…

The 2019 Annapolis Cup

This weekend was a busy one in Annapolis, where the croquet teams of St. John’s and The Naval Academy squared off in the 37th annual Annapolis Croquet match.  St. John’s ended up winning 4-1, marking their 30th victory in the history of the match. Below is a description of the action by admissions counselor and…

Springtime in Annapolis

There is a time in Maryland that occurs around early April, when winter thaws away, flowers begin to sprout seemingly everywhere, and finally(!), it’s not weird to eat ice cream again. Spring, in this counselor’s humble opinion, is Annapolis’ best season. This month has been very busy for us in the admissions office – between…