On Second Thoughts and Second Chances

On January 18th, 2020, St. John’s College hosted its premiere TEDx event on the Annapolis campus. Contrasting the dreary and drizzling overcast, the banner on stage in the Francis Scott Key auditorium was comprised of multicolored ribbons. Though sparing and unglamorous, this well befits the St. John’s aesthetic: less glitz, more substance, more soul. (Socrates…

Raising The Persisting Human Questions

I would like to introduce you to the core, governing, visionary document of the college, The Statement of the Program:   Come back soon for the next deep dive about The Seminar.  

2020 Book Collecting Contest Results

Every year in Annapolis, the Greenfield Library holds a contest through which Johnnies can submit a book collection – a series of personally owned books which are organized around a common theme. Students submit and essay and explain what makes each collection so special. This year, we had some great entries and winners. Below are…

Scientific Inquiry: Beyond Merely Arriving at the Truth

Johnnies want to know why we believe what we believe. The Admissions Office was given a special inside tour of the labs with new Director of Labs, John Balwit. Thoughts about the St. John’s College Lab Program  by Tutor Llyd Wells: In the modern world, there are so many things we know without knowing how…

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…