Student Profile: David Armstrong
Why St. John’s? It is a good question. I chose St. John’s because I wanted to learn as much as I could about as much as I could, in the shortest amount of time possible. St. John’s has definitely given me this. The program at St. John’s provided me with a key to learning. It is a key composed of a special kind of courage, which enables me to apply myself to the most foreign material and derive a benefit meaningful to my own life. It is a key that has opened and will continue to open doors for me.
Life at St. John’s is most definitely not all about studying and doing work. But life at the college is about learning. People say that learning is a life-long activity. If this is true, then St. John’s provides the perfect foundation for a life of learning. The atmosphere at the college is permeated by a spirit of curiosity and is enlivened by a community of learners committed to a shared purpose. If you enjoy learning, and if you enjoy interacting with people who also share this interest, then St. John’s is the place to be.
As I approach my senior year, I am reminded of the myriad opportunities I’ve taken advantage of for extra-curricular pursuits. I’ve done a little bit of everything, from exploring the dark depths of Carlsbad Caverns, to testing my footwork in late-night tango classes, to tumbling down the high chutes of snowy peaks on my snowboard, to searching for lost hikers at three in the morning as a member of the SJC Search & Rescue team. I’ve also spent plenty of time at the college in the Student Activities Center, both as a student worker and as a participant in various activities, including Jiu-jitsu and the infamous and glorious Venkatesh Iron Bookworm workouts. There is so much to do on campus, apart from the academics, that you will never get bored. And that’s just on campus. A multitude of activities also exist off campus, from chilling with your friends in downtown Santa Fe, to scaling challenging routes at the climbing gym, to exploring a plethora of hiking and biking trails in the mountainous terrain surrounding the college, to even getting your hands dirty pulling up vegetables on an organic farm. These and many other activities have been a part of my life at St. John’s, and I am so grateful to the college for providing such opportunities.
The great thing about the St. John’s community is that we understand that we are all in it together. If you need to talk or chill or work or laugh or love or vent or cry or dance or play or do basically anything, then there is always another person or group of persons ready to join in. There is such a unique mixture of individuals at the college that I have been challenged to grow and stretch and step out of myself in new and exciting ways. The people I’ve met have profoundly changed how I see the world, greatly enriching my undergraduate experience. Johnnies are of a different stock, and you will know exactly what I mean when you talk to one.
I couldn’t be more grateful for the innumerable treasures I’ve gained from attending St. John’s College. If you really want to know what it means to learn and what it means to stretch yourself, then I couldn’t recommend more highly that you seriously consider what the Johnny experience is really all about. I did and it has changed my life forever.
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