St. John’s: Not Just for Introverts

It takes all kinds to make the world go around! St. John’s thrives on this balance in our close community and small classes. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, the college can be a paradise. An important part of the college experience is defining your own identity. No longer are you defined solely by…

Beating Homesickness at College

Freshman year is a time of substantial changes for everyone, no matter where they come from. You can’t help but be changed by it. You’ve been plucked from the life you know and thrust firmly into the newly adult college world, poised in front of a lot of lessons to learn. As an alum of…

Why Choose a Small College?

Choosing a college is a complicated decision, made up of a lot of factors, and one of the things that every college-bound student should consider is the size of college they want. Going to a small college is a unique experience. It might not be what media and popular ideas would make you think of…

The Shorthand of Emotion: Music at St. John’s College

In the beginning, there were drums. Then, there were the chants sung in medieval abbeys, and then, harmony, and the great composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. As St. John’s students, we discover all of that in our music program. The first song we learn, in our freshman chorus, is often medieval. The first…

When Is A Chair Not (Just) A Chair?

Think of a chair. Any chair will do, perhaps the one you’re sitting in now. Think about its shape, what it’s used for, where it’s placed. Does this bring up any memories, any emotions?For many, a Johnnie Chair certainly would. More than a campus-classic piece of furniture, this classic chair has become, in the eyes…

Mr Venkatesh’s Top Ten Tips on Preceptorial Papers

Recently, Santa Fe tutor Krishnan Venkatesh sent out some advice to his students on writing St. John’s essays, specifically preceptorial papers, but the advice he gave was relevant to just about any essay written during the course of a St. John’s education. The text of what he sent out was as follows: Some Thoughts on…

Our Favorite College Ghost Stories

I’m Petra Schaaf-Grisham, the newest admissions counselor at St. John’s and a member of the Class of 2021. Through extensive research, my friend Ives Williams and I created a ghost tour of the Annapolis campus of St. John’s College. For my first blog post, on Halloween itself, I want to introduce you to some of the scariest parts…

One Last Summer Day in Naptown

By: Drew Goodwin Summer is my favorite season, especially in Annapolis (Naptown for those in the know). There are always crazy amounts of tourists coming to shop, dine, sail, and explore our 300+ year-old streets. While this Summer has been different to say the least, it’s been reassuring to see people out and about, masks…

Dorm Life at St. John’s College

At St. John’s, we have incredibly spatious and charming student housing, which is accessible to students all four years. This helps to contribute to the holistic and welcoming community that we strive for, and helps to create an experience where your thoughts about the Plato reading don’t need to end at the end of class….

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…