Steve Kolock graduated from the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College in 2008 where he learned that he is not Socrates. In addition, he learned how to have a discussion, read deeply, and ask questions.
Before becoming an Admissions Counselor in Annapolis, he took these Johnnie foundations into the business world and he focused on team management, process innovation, and other buzzwords. Steve then went into online media, where he worked for a Search Engine Marketing/Search Engine Optimization (SEM/SEO) consulting firm. There, he explored his interest in data analysis/data modeling and social media, assisting clients in reaching their goals.
He is excited to apply that experience to helping prospective students engage their full potential so that they, too, can reach their goals. If you give him half an opportunity, Steve will wax poetic about how St. John’s produces innovators, leaders, and problem solvers unparalleled – if only because Johnnies listen, think, and dive into the world confidently. His favorite program authors include Plutarch, Nietzsche, and Alexis de Tocqueville, although he also has an affinity for Husserl’s questions regarding the ‘European sciences,’ Tolstoy’s view on history, and Rousseau’s sense of humor.
Steve’s senior paper for St. John’s, On the Misunderstood Role of Judas within the Four Canonical Gospels, explored the treatment of Judas in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He advocates a perspective that Judas plays a sanctioned role in the Jesus narrative and that, in his firm resolve to fulfill this role despite the consequences, Judas can be contrasted with Simon Peter, who, although given a name by Jesus that would indicated the contrary (“Peter” from the Greek word “petra”, meaning “rock”), famously wavers many times in his faith in the Jesus narrative.
When Steve is not lamenting the vilified treatment of Judas in the New Testament, Dante, and Western culture, he is often found doing CrossFit, biking, pouring a cup of coffee, or poring over a book.
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