Tau Day: Could Pi Be Wrong?

Consider the circle. It is charming, deceptive, in its appearance of simplicity. The idea of the heavens as defined by circles, the so-called “heavenly spheres”, goes back to such cornerstones of the St. John’s curriculum as Plato, Ptolemy, and Copernicus.But what is a circle, really? Mathematicians have, since Euclid, sought to define this shape in…

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…

The Art of Storytelling

Looking through the camera lens, the light kit shining on my back like a halo, I wondered how I found heaven in a senior common room. My name is Armando, and I’m currently a Graduate Institute student at St. John’s College. Last month, the winter season had me itching for a project to break up…

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…

CTCL – Changing my life and yours

This summer as the pandemic promised to wane, the group of colleges know as the CTCL schools (www.ctcl.org) decided to host a series of in-person college fairs for sophomores, juniors, and rising seniors and their families. Virtual college fairs can certainly do in a pinch and provide much need access to students all over the…

What college rankings actually matter?

This time of year I get lots of questions about how St. John’s ranks compared to other colleges. Who doesn’t want to go to the “best” college? But here’s the problem: most rankings don’t tell you which college is best for you. Problem #1: rankings often arbitrarily divide colleges onto different lists that have nothing…

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…

Staying Organized Freshman Year!

Check out our tips and tricks for staying organized and productive during your Freshman year! It can be difficult to get used to creating new study habits and setting sleep schedules at the beginning of college, but we hope some of our tips can help make your adjustment to college a breeze. From to-do lists…

July Summer Lecture Series

Saint John’s  has some amazing virtual lectures taking place this month that you don’t want to miss out on! We hope that you are able to join us for this opportunity. Check out the details below! The Recovery of the Good and the Noble: Can Xenophon’s Socrates Help? Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Time: 5:30…

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….