Jennifer Sandler grew up on, and recently returned to, Kent Island, just across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis. She is a 2009 graduate of McDaniel College, where she majored in English with a minor in French. While a student at McDaniel, her work as a student ambassador and peer mentor helped Jennifer discover her passion for working with prospective and first-year undergraduates. She is deeply indebted to her advisor for convincing her of the existence of careers in advising college students. After graduation, Jennifer worked as a financial aid counselor at the University of Maryland, College Park for two years before deciding to return to school for graduate study in educational administration. She earned an Ed.M in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in May 2012.
After removing St. John’s from her list of possibilities early in her own college search process due to its proximity to her parents’ house and her irrational fear of calculus, Jennifer had the opportunity while at HGSE to participate in historical research allowing her access to many original New Program documents, including a great deal of Mr. Buchannan’s and Mr. Barr’s correspondence. Through this research, she developed a deeper understanding of the aims of a liberal education, and a great respect for the Program’s unconventional structure and approach to instruction, particularly in mathematics and the sciences. She jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a mission-driven institution and joined the Annapolis Admissions staff in July.
Jennifer advises prospective students not to foreclose on St. John’s because they don’t consider themselves to be “good” at parts of the curriculum, but to realize that one of the aims of the Program is to cultivate graduates who are able to approach novel situations judiciously and with confidence. She strongly encourages anyone who is even remotely interested in the College to arrange a class visit at either of our two campuses for a chance to experience the Program first-hand.
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