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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, 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(at)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.

Dorothea Bowerfind

E-mail: dsbowerfind(at)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 (St. John’s College 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.

Robin Lancaster

E-mail: robin.lancaster(at)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.

Janet Angulo

Janet Angulo

E-mail: jangulo(at)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.

Anh Hai Do

Anh Hai Do

E-mail: ahdo(at)sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Vungtau, Vietnam
Favorite Program Book: (this is a hard one) Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War
Favorite Place on Campus: My room
Favorite Class: Math
Outside of Class: Dancing, traveling, reading non-program books
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle!!
How did you choose St. John’s?: I was researching for colleges on the CTCL website when I stumbled on St. John’s. Reading the description of the program, I thought that it was very interesting, although I was uncertain if St. John’s would be the right place for me. I applied and got accepted. Then I started to look more closely into St. John’s, and fell in love with it, so I decided to enroll. Now that I am a Johnnie, I cannot imagine myself being anywhere else!

Eli Gold

Eli Gold

E-mail: EKGold(at)sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: New York City
Favorite Program Book: Henry V
Favorite Place on Campus: The greenhouse
Favorite Class: Sophomore music, which is a surprise to me because I never was a music person in my pre St. John’s life.
Outside of Class: I enjoy hiking, cooking, and playing video games.
Plato or Aristotle?: Yes please!
How did you choose St. John’s?: I was always a bookworm and I knew I wanted to go somewhere that would mold me into an educated individual while still challenging me in productive and meaningful ways.

Lungelo Tsabedze

Lungelo Tsabedze

E-mail: lbtsabedze(at)sjc.edu
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Lobamba, Swaziland
Favorite Program Book: It changes from time to time. As of late, John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Favorite Place on Campus: Our backyard, Monte Sol
Favorite Class: Junior seminar
Outside of Class: Engaging in African economics and political discussions, and playing soccer.
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle, no doubt
How did you choose St. John’s?: I heard about the college from my UWC philosophy teacher, who is also an alumnus, about the program’s breadth of pursuits and depth in critical study. From then, business school became secondary to the intellectual rigor found at St. John’s.