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Ask a Student

Prospective students can get answers from current students by e-mailing a student on either campus. Contact information for Richa, Brian, Noemi, Michael, Alice, Robin, Sarah, and Janet are below. Whether it’s about the curriculum or extracurricular activities, one of us will respond and share first-hand experience.

Meet a Student

Richa Bhattarai

Richa Bhattarai

E-mail: richa.bhattarai@sjc.edu
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Lalitpur, Nepal
Favorite Program BookThe Odyssey by Homer
Favorite Non-Program BookA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni
Favorite Place on Campus: College Creek
Favorite Class: Sophomore Math
Outside of Class: Waltz, Zumba, Pangaea 
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle
How did you choose St. John’s?: In most academic institutions today, historic and scientific phenomena are given to us as obvious truths about the world. I was looking for a place that would let me see for myself how these truths came to be in the first place. St. John’s is the perfect place to get a wider view of the world and the human mind.

Noemi Ramirez

Noemi Ramirez

E-mail: ngramirez@sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Grew up in China and the Middle East, but a Los Angeles native. Go Dodgers!
Favorite Program BookParadiso by Dante
Favorite Non-Program BookDuet for Freedom by Dina bint ’Abdu’l-Hamid
Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite thing to do on a Wednesday afternoon is to hike up to Monte Sol and read my seminar assignment during golden hour.
Favorite Class: Junior Laboratory
Outside of Class: As a third culture kid I had the fortune of picking up languages everywhere I lived. I continue to practice my Mandarin, basic Hebrew, Italian, and French as best I can. I love learning how people communicate and the nuances and personalities of various languages. I also enjoy knitting, yoga, Zumba and taking classes at our incredible Student Activities Center.
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle, forever and always.
How did you choose St. John’s?: I found out about St. John’s very late in my junior year. I had considered many other colleges before discovering St. John’s, but none of them felt right. I knew I had made the right choice when I walked into the bookstore in Annapolis and found Winnie the Pooh in Latin. The SJC slipper fit!

Dorothea Bowerfind

E-mail: dsbowerfind@sjc.edu
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Favorite Program Book: This week it’s between Homer’s Iliad and Euclid’s Elements—you’ll find it changes almost daily.
Favorite Non-Program Book: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner and Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Place on Campus: Any empty classroom in the BBC, usually on the top floor. If not there, then on a hammock on the stretch between the quad and the ‘burbs. 
Favorite Class: Language Tutorial
Outside of Class: Energeia (SJC literary magazine), the gym, waltz parties, and poetry readings are some of my favorites.
Plato or Aristotle?: I’m a little afraid to answer, as they both offer so much to the Program. If it were life or death, I’d probably go with Aristotle for the living. Plato would love to reach the Forms, anyways.
How did you choose St. John’s?: I’m a legacy student, and at first I was adamantly against being a Johnnie. I wanted to “be my own person.” I attended the Summer Academy after some persuading to apply, and I was a goner. The type of learning we do here is so far removed from anything I’ve experienced. It isn’t about impressing anyone or showboating, it’s about genuine exploration. This is the only place I found that would allow me to actually be my own person, to think for myself and with others. So here I am.

Michael Hansen

Michael Hansen

E-mail: michael.hansen@sjc.edu
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Favorite Program Book: Plutarch’s Lives – Lycurgus
Favorite Non-Program Book: The Kabir Book - Sikh Poems
Favorite Place on Campus: Randall Dining Hall
Favorite Class: Math Class
Outside of Class: The Gym, Weightlifting Club 
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato
How did you choose St. John’s?: I took a year of working in a restaurant to help me find a school that fit me. Through chance, I heard about St. John’s by a friend, and as soon as I had talked to a counselor I was sold. The college presented itself as an education first and foremost, and so I made my one application, was accepted, and the rest is history.

Brian Liu

Brian Liu

E-mail: brian.liu@sjc.edu
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Hong Kong SAR
Favorite Program Book: First Epistle of John
Favorite Non-Program Book: It’s a small sermonette called "The Weight of Glory" by C.S Lewis
Favorite Place on Campus: By the docks
Favorite Class: Senior Mathematics
Outside of Class: Intramurals
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato 
How did you choose St. John’s?: With risk and in serendipity.

Alice Meyer

Alice Meyer

E-mail: alice.meyer@sjc.edu
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Favorite Program BookThe Aeneid by Virgil
Favorite Non-Program BookThe Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Favorite Place on Campus: Greenfield Library (specifically the New Program Room)
Favorite Class: Freshman Lab
Outside of Class: My job! Or catching up on my Netflix.
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle
How did you choose St. John’s?: I wanted to go to a school that encouraged me to learn and think for myself. St. John’s is exactly that!

Robin Lancaster

E-mail: robin.lancaster@sjc.edu
Hometown: Fortuna, CA
Favorite Program BookThe Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Favorite Non-Program BookLord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander, and Changes by Jim Butcher.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Greenfield Library
Favorite Class: Language Tutorial
Outside of Class: Rowing on College Creek and the Severn River.
Plato or Aristotle?: In terms of value they are inseparable, but I prefer Aristotle’s methodology.
How did you choose St. John’s?: I grew up the child of a teacher and a librarian, so questions were encouraged so long as I had the energy to pursue the answers. When I had the opportunity to visit the Annapolis campus, I found students as interested in asking questions of the world as I was. Nowhere else I visited did I find a group so genuinely committed to discovering the nature of things.

Sarah Wiener

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Sarah Wiener

E-mail: swiener@sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Sausalito, CA
Favorite Program Book: I don’t believe in favorites. A few highlights of the recent past were The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Kant’s The Critique of Pure Reason, and Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit.
Favorite Non-Program BookMiss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Favorite Place on Campus: The Cave, our student run coffee shop
Favorite Class: Each and every one of them.
Outside of Class: Work at the student run coffee shop, manage the woodworking club on campus, make meals for friends, go on adventures around New Mexico, drink tea, and make art.
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato AND Aristotle
How did you choose St. John’s?: I wanted to reach a deeper understanding of our Western culture and acquire the skills needed to be a responsible and thoughtful member of society.

Janet Angulo

Janet Angulo

E-mail: jangulo@sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Favorite Program Book: Plato’s Symposium
Favorite Non-Program BookThe Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Favorite Place on Campus: The Tree Swing just beyond Upper Dorms
Favorite Class: Sophomore Math
Outside of Class: I like to take hikes and play soccer.
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato!
How did you choose St. John’s?: I was set to graduate with a class of five hundred students and be my way to a college with an enrollment of thirty thousand when I visited the Santa Fe campus. I fell in love with the discussion and atmosphere of creativity, and I rushed to submit my application. I guess you could call it a whirlwind romance.