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…

Travel Season – Week 1!

Fall is a really exciting time in education. For students, of course, it is a time of new beginnings, heading back to school, and for seniors, even beginning the college application process. Maybe equally as exciting is what Fall means for us in Admissions each year – travel season! From September through November, you can…

Travel Territories

  Fall is right around the corner, and for those of us in admissions that means travel season! We set our travel territories for the coming year at our admissions retreat last week, and we’re excited to get out on the road. Check out what each counselor has to say about their territory this year!…

Things Johnnies Find Amusing While Traveling

I was on a trip recently to Northern California where I attended a series of college fairs for high school juniors. My travel took me to Sacramento, Marin County, South Bay,  as well as a couple of places in the East Bay. One of my colleague’s out of office message says that she “is out…

4 Flights, 3 Days, 8 Meetings

Admissions counselors travel a lot! Part of our job is to visit high schools across the country to meet with students, counselors, even teachers. We also travel to conduct interviews with applicants. This past week I got to travel to Northern California’s South Bay area. My strategy was to focus a quick trip around a…

Back on the road for spring travel

Now that we’re in rolling application period, we also have some time to get back on the road. Spring travel season isn’t nearly as busy as fall travel season, but we definitely get out there! In the month of March alone, St. John’s will be represented at over fifty college fairs and high school visits,…

On the road again

It’s that time of year again. School is back in session, the days are getting shorter, the trees are getting colorful, and the air is getting crisp. This can only mean one thing in the world of college admissions; fall travel season is in full swing! The months of September and October often become a…

We’re stars in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Well, maybe not quite stars yet, but  we’re on the Mostar local news, at least! After giving a presentation to students at United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  our Associate Director of Admissions in Annapolis Amanda Stevens was approached by a local news station for an interview. The interviewer hadn’t heard of St….

A universal language

  We often say that what we do at St. John’s transcends time and place, but what you may not have heard is that the Program can also leap language barriers! Amanda Stevens, our Associate Director of Admissions based in Annapolis, was in Yerevan, Armenia to meet with prospective students when she met this used…

Finding the Most Skillful, Bravest and Virtuous Version of Yourself

There are a lot of great things about working as a college Admissions Counselor.  We get to talk to excited high school students about their plans for the future, ease the fears of parents who are preparing to let their children leave the home and start on their journey towards adulthood, and inform high school…

St. John’s on the Road

Every fall, admissions officers spread out across the country (and world) to meet with high school students and talk about their colleges. St. John’s is no exception: thirteen of us have scattered the globe, from New York, New York to Dilijan, Armenia. What’s the point of a high school visit? Not everyone can come to…