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…

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…

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…

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…

For the Love of Dogs

Did you know we have campus dogs at St. John’s?  If you’ve ever visited our campuses, chances are you ran into Arcadia on one of her daily walks around the Annapolis campus or were greeted by Seymour at the Santa Fe library on your tour. At St. John’s, we believe that dogs not only make great…

The need for civil discourse

“Democracy is unpredictable in the short term but tends toward the Good in the long term.” — Tutor, St. John’s College Last night , our president, Mark Roosevelt,  set up a time for students, faculty, and staff who had questions and concerns about the election to come together and talk.  Over 50 students attended as…