Zen and the Art of Writing

This Wednesday in Santa Fe, we were excited to welcome writer, speaker, and St. John’s College alumna Natalie Goldberg to campus. Goldberg is an incredibly accomplished author and speaker, having  published 14 works, and spoken widely on writing. Writing Down the Bones, her work on Zen and the art of writing, has sold over a million…

Summer Academy Week One

This week marks the first week of Summer Academy at St. John’s College! This year’s opening session is “Courage & the Soul” in Santa Fe, and it’s off to a great start. We welcomed students and parents on Sunday with an opening dinner, where they had to meet our Summer Academy RAs, admissions staff, and…

The Admissions Office gets “Educated”

Summer in the Annapolis Admissions Office kicked off with a new memoir being passed around, entitled “Educated” by Tara Weston. The book details her transition from a child of a survivalist family living in the wilds of Idaho, opposed to formal education, to a student at Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Ph.D from Cambridge….

Summer Plans in Admissions

During the school year, the Admissions staff is busy with high school visits, application reading, and open house events. During the summer time, we have the chance to reset and reflect, both in the office and out. Often, that takes the form of projects, trips, and other activities that carry us through to the start…

The Blues

Each year, the admissions office here at St. John’s runs five week-long summer sessions for high school students, called Summer Academy. Each session includes classes with St. John’s tutors (our form of professors), as well as fun activities and field trips to area museums and cultural attractions. Students get to live in the dorms, eat…

Staff Council Summer Thank you Picnic!

Early June marks a brief respite between semesters and before our summer terms and summer programs shift into high gear. This year the Santa Fe Staff Association Council worked with the President’s office to sponsor a “thank you” picnic for everyone on campus; this included, staff, faculty, students, and families. It was a beautiful Friday…

Commencement 2018

Congratulations to the class of 2018! The College’s 226th commencement took place on Sunday May 13th in Annapolis, and on Sunday May 18th in Santa Fe. In Annapolis, the graduating seniors selected tutor Matthew Holtzman (class of 2000) as their speaker. Mr. Holtzman spoke to the what the graduating seniors had gained during their time…

An Alum Comes Back to Campus

  Once a Johnnie, always a Johnnie. St. John’s alumni continue to come out and be involved in the community even after exiting through the doors they entered the first day of freshman year. In addition to remaining active in chapters all across the world, which hold events and seminar style discussions, alumni help current…

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…

The Big Think

Yesterday, May 16th, St. John’s College held its first annual “Big Think” event for Faculty and Staff. This event provided an opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new innovative ideas, as well as work through what we consider to be, the most pressing issues/areas of improvement. Topics that were discussed ranged from…

A Preview for the Class of 2022

We recently held admitted students events on both of our campuses, and we loved welcoming prospective members of the class of 2022 to campus! We welcomed just under 250 students and family members to Annapolis and Santa Fe over the course of our April events. Students who participated hailed from 26 US States, Canada, Mexico,…

The 2018 Annapolis Cup

On April 14th, we celebrated our 36th annual Croquet Match (The Annapolis Cup) against the Naval Academy! We had idyllic spring weather over here in Annapolis, complete with flowers, sunshine, and green grass. Over 5,000 people bought tickets for the event, and our tiny campus which is normally home to just a couple hundred college…