“Theo has been extremely helpful in launching a new project focusing on the development of religious cognition in the U.S. She has helped with all aspects of the project, including data collection, data analysis, and interpretation. She has been an excellent addition to and member of the lab.”
Our students are self-directed learners, original thinkers, and problem-solvers.
Throughout their four years at the college, Johnnies analyze more than 200 of the most influential texts and thinkers from across 3,000 years of Western thought: from Plato and Pascal to Adam Smith and Albert Einstein. They learn the foundations of mathematics and the sciences by mastering original proofs and conducting hands-on experiments, beginning with Euclid and journeying through Darwin and Faraday. They read, write, discuss, and dissect the trajectory of knowledge—literally and figuratively.
The rigor and scope of our Program develops self-directed learners who thrive with new and challenging material. They are sharp analysts, creative and courageous thinkers, and clear communicators. They work well in teams, too: they know how to listen, they know how to ask questions, and they know that collaborative inquiry works better for everyone. The end result? Johnnies excel at solving difficult and new problems—just like the ones facing every organization today.
“No matter what I asked Rosie to do, she did it with great care and precision. Her work helped assist me with filing motions, jail visits, and help in the courtroom. Rosie has been especially excited about and willing to accompany me when it’s necessary to interview experts regarding our cases, and she is pleased to give her thoughts on how information from these experts could inform our cases, which has been very helpful.”
“Susmi showed great intellectual insight in connecting theoretical ideas and in thinking critically about experimental data. Her motivations to pursue meaningful inquiry power her to persist through demanding tasks... She produced great work and contributed to a lab culture that prioritizes shared values and the pursuit of constant improvements in understanding.”
“Austin helped us understand where the project’s Principal Investigators had made contributions... His analysis helped NIAC understand some of our own work in new ways, and his assessments were used.”
“From the beginning, Gregory expressed great interest in learning absolutely everything about the legislative process. His critical thinking was evident in his writing as he was often given little instruction but was still able to determine not only how to research and gather necessary information but also the most effective way of delivering it. His ability to adapt to the often unpredictable pace and direction of political life was also apparent.”
“Sandrina did an excellent job this summer and she shows great promise for the future... Her work this summer has earned her co-authorship of a report that will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this fall. The graduate student she worked with speaks very highly of her work this summer.”
“Bobin was a strong asset to our company. She is a quick study and critical thinker and her passion for learning and understanding data, data hygiene, and segmenting data is evident in her work. Her problem-solving and financial modelling skills are excellent, as is her attention to detail and quality of work. She is persistent, patient, dedicated, proactive, takes initiative, and is an excellent communicator. Her ability to work both independently and in a team environment make her an ideal candidate for continuing employment.”
“Alayna was an excellent communicator who went out of her way to learn as much as possible about her projects. Highlights for me were seeing her present on both of her studies (separately) at our lab meeting – she clearly had a strong handle on all that she was working on.”
“I have always been pleased with your students... Honor was an outstanding intern—interested in all aspects of the office. Always asking good questions and using this opportunity to learn from the attorneys. She would make a great attorney because she pays attention and reads closely examples of the work from various trials.”
“Apurva has done her job very well and helped our team tremendously. Her inquisitiveness has helped us look at cases from a different perspective and we hope she pursues her dream of becoming a doctor soon.”
“Allegra was instrumental in strengthening our existing systems around social media implementation and annual planning. She took the lead with her project, doubled our followers, and has created content for the whole year from our backlog of resources. Here critical thinking, which is only heightened at St. John’s, enhances her value on a team.”
“Nathan has become a tremendous asset to our small, hard-working staff. He is a self-starter and learner who doesn’t require constant oversight. He collaborates with staff on projects and offers thoughtful opinions and insights on a daily basis. He has adopted... a respect for our mission: to preserve our stories, protect our collections and history, and connect with our community.”
“Tbel’s major internship task was to develop a photo project that would represent old markets and traders in an interesting way. He was also asked to translate scientific news from our flagship content and write short blurbs for the magazine. I included him on a press trip to the mountains of Adjara and he prepared a blog story that won first place in an Adjara-related contest. Tbel is willing to learn about the science, art, peoples, and cultures of new lands and to share that knowledge with our readers. He has great talent in both photography and writing and can become a high-class photo journalist.”
“Seung was very good at communicating with people from diverse backgrounds, who usually talk in their own domain-specific languages. She is definitely a good listener, who is also very good at delivering her ideas to other people verbally and in writing.”
“Christopher could repeatedly discern creative solutions to issues as they arose and took initiative at every opportunity to learn and grow, to ask questions and weigh possibilities, and to dialogue. He is a skilled communicator and a critical and evaluative thinker who is diligent and self-motivated. At every turn, he proved an indispensable member of our team who is a joy to work with and to learn from.”
“Luis is an extraordinarily thoughtful human being who is able to take on difficult material and assist in solving problems through dialogue and collaboration. He is also able to work independently with little direction.”
“Joseph is forward-thinking and a very good listener who takes direction well. His eagerness to learn was very apparent. His detailed work on labelling and document transcription has been very valuable to Cliveden.”
“Campbell is not easily discouraged, even in the face of criticism... He’s willing to rewrite pieces and rethink early assessments. His desire to learn is notable... I think you can teach anyone to write for a newspaper, but I don’t think you can teach anyone to truly care about doing it and Campbell truly cares about things. I don’t often see that with interns.”
“Bryn was an ideal summer intern and a joy to have in the lab: intelligent, engaged, motivated, hard-working... I was impressed with her ability to work independently and with her enthusiasm to learn the science behind her project. I have no qualms giving Bryn the highest acclaim for her performance.”
“Allison was a quick learner who retains information and accepts criticism well.... She was interested and engaged from the beginning and learned a great deal in her time here. I think she will shine in any area she chooses to pursue. It was a pleasure and privilege having her here.”
“Overall, Onysha is excellent at what she does, can work independently, and will bring new perspectives to any organization.”
“Sydney was excited and interested in everything, no matter what we did each day. She was an eager learner. Outstanding. My office staff also loved her. I would love to see her become a fellow physician in the future.”
“Lydia is a very fast learner who adapts to each new task in a flexible and positive manner. She is motivated to learn and a pleasure to work with. She has been quick to acquire all the skills required for human research.”
“Leah had the ability to think outside the box when problem-solving. She has great interpersonal and communication skills as well.”
Employers constantly tell us that our graduates bring unique and valuable qualities to the workplace. What are these qualities that we hear about, again and again? Collectively, we call them “The ‘Why?’ Advantage,” and here is one explanation of how this advantage plays out:
A good employee masters procedures quickly, asking “What do we do, and how can I do it well?” But a great employee examines preexisting assumptions, asking “Why do we do it, and how can we do it better?” This “Why?” advantage is the St. John’s difference: our college develops in students the skill of asking the most important, and often overlooked, questions before coming to conclusions.
This precision of thought means that Johnnies are rarely satisfied with the accepted answers. Instead, they provide fresh insight in a hyper-complex world; independent analysis in markets overwhelmed by “groupthink;” and wisdom that develops from 3,000 years of multidisciplinary exploration and knowledge.
Together, these qualities are what the future demands—and where Johnnies’ competitive advantage lies. St. John’s graduates have gone on to become Pulitzer-winning journalists, finance CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, healthcare executives, vaccine researchers, winemakers, architects, school founders, and much more.
If you know of individuals or organizations who are looking for great employees, or have other suggestions for employing Johnnies, please send us an email at (Santa Fe) or (Annapolis) and include a brief description. We will get in touch with you or your contact promptly.
We especially welcome St. John’s College alumni to get in touch. You already know the value of a St. John’s College education in the workplace, and we want to connect you with Johnnies who can help your organization thrive well into the future.
Being able to effectively communicate orally is important to 80% of business executives and 90% of hiring managers.
Critical thinking/analytical reasoning is important to 78% of business executives and 84% of hiring managers.
Ethical judgement and decision-making skills are important to 77% of business executives and 87% of hiring managers.
Being able to work effectively in teams is important to 77% of business executives and 87% of hiring managers.
Being self-motivated, initiative, and proactive is important to 76% of business executives and 85% of hiring managers.
Being able to communicate effectively in writing is important to 76% of business executives and 78% of hiring managers.
The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings is important to 76% of business executives and 87% of hiring managers.