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…

Homecoming 2018!

Students, faculty, staff, and of course, alumni celebrated Homecoming this year on both campuses, Santa Fe, NM (September 14-16) and Annapolis, MD (September 28-30).  It was a time of networking, TedTalk-like presentations, sharing meals and memories, reconnecting, as well as a time of making new relationships and most of all of strengthening the fabric 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…

Happy Earth Day!

  Pictured: President Kanelos and some of our trusty staff (including admissions’ own Brittany Kemmer!) stop for a picture while participating in our living shoreline cleanup of College Creek. Happy Earth Day from St. John’s College! In Santa Fe and Annapolis, we’re happy to call two great corners of our planet home–and we want to…

Speak About It

Yesterday, we hosted a performance by Speak About It, a theater group focused on performances about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. Although this performance was targeted to our undergraduates, everyone in the campus community was invited to attend. In our Student Activities Center, they performed for a terrific turnout of students, faculty, and staff. This…

Snow Day!

Happy Springtime from Annapolis! Winter decided to hang around for just a little longer, giving us our first snow day of the year on the second day of Spring. Click through to see a slideshow of a snowy campus!      

Pi(e) Day

We all know that 3.14 is Pi Day, but have you ever wondered or learned about the man who had discovered the concept? According to many sources, it was a Greek Mathematician named Archimedes – somebody we read right here in our program! Mathematics is a part of academic life here at St. John’s – it’s…

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…

Senior Essays are in!

  Senior essays have been turned in on both campuses! After a month hard and work  reading, writing, editing, re-writing, and more writing, the seniors were ecstatic to turn in the product of their hard work to the president’s office on each campus. You can read more about the senior essay, and why it’s so…

St. John’s Partners with Local High School

Every Thursday during the fall and spring terms, two or three current students volunteer in  in the college counseling center, called The College Plaza, at Santa Fe High. Last Thursday was the launch of the Junior Jump Start program.  All high school juniors were invited to attend this lunchtime meeting. To sweeten the deal, pizza…

Convocatum Est!

Convocatum Est! With those words, presidents Roosevelt (college wide, Santa Fe) and Kanelos (Annapolis) officially declared the college’s 322nd session open. The year began with registration, as students arrived on campus, moved into dorms, and received their class schedules. For admissions, it was particularly exciting to see the incoming freshmen we had worked with, interviewed, and…

Summer Internships

For many of our students, the summer is a prime opportunity to get hands-on experience in a field of interest in the form of an internship. And every year, many Johnnies fund their internships through the Ariel Internship Program and the Hodson Internship Program, which are offered exclusively to St. John’s College students. This summer,…