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…

International Student Orientation

It’s one of my favorite times of year. The Sunday before Registration, admissions counselors in Annapolis don their SJC swag, pile into the College vans, and make about a dozen or so trips to two of our area’s airports. We spend the day (and night!) picking up international students from around the globe and helping…

Colleges That Change Lives Recap

Each year, St. John’s attends a number of college fairs all around the world for the Colleges That Change Lives organizations. This organization is a non-profit which collaborates with 65 liberal arts schools from all over the country to help change the way students and families think about the college search process. Each school in the…

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…

New Branding, New Materials!

Earlier this summer St. John’s College made an exciting announcement: We presented our redesigned logo, or as our alumni refer to it, “our new old logo,” which is a fresh and contemporary take on the St. John’s College Seal. Our college is rich in history and tradition, and this new brand identity captures those 235…

How College Works

Similar to our students, the majority of the St. John’s College admissions staff are “readers”. Therefore, this past month, a number of us joined together to form a summer reading group. We wanted to select a book that is topical to higher education and quickly agreed upon How College Works by Daniel F. Chambliss and…

1000 IB Teachers Come to St. John’s College

St. John’s College played host to five sessions of workshops for International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers from all over the world, Australia, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Canada, and many areas in the United States. Each workshop included around 200 IB teachers, mostly from Diploma Programme schools, but there  were also many from MYP and PYP schools. The…

Sunshine, Great Tunes, and Great Company

Santa Fe has perfect weather for outdoor activities most of the year but Spring and Summer are especially nice. Sunshine, relatively forgiving high temperatures, and long days make for great hiking, biking, picnicking, and sunset watching (sunset watching is great year round!). One of my favorite summer traditions on our campus is the Music on…

RMACAC Wild West Tour

We recently welcomed the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC) Wild West Bus Tour to our Santa Fe campus! A mix of high school and independent counselors traveled from around the southwest and west coast to visit St. John’s College and four other colleges in the southwest. While on campus, they took a…

Admissions Retreat 2019!

Last Monday, us Annapolitans escaped the muggy east coast to spend some time with our favorite colleagues out in the New Mexican high desert, for a week of reflection and planning. Enchiladas were enjoyed, sunscreen was applied, and most importantly, our work in Admissions was celebrated by all. A few of the topics that we…