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Prospective students can get answers from current St. John’s College students by emailing a student on either campus. Contact information for Dorothea and Asher is below. Whether it’s about the curriculum or extracurricular activities, one of us will respond and share first-hand experience.

Meet a Student

Dorothea Bowerfind

Dorothea Bowerfind
Dorothea Bowerfind​​​​

Email: dsbowerfind(at)
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.

Asher Parker

Asher Parker
Asher Parker

Email: santafe.askastudent(at)
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Dripping Springs, TX
Favorite Program Book: The Odyssey
Favorite Non-Program Book: Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Favorite Place on Campus: My walk each day to class from lower dorms: seeing the weather over the ski basin, watching the leaves overhanging the sidewalk change, seeing the slant of light shift through the seasons.
Favorite Class: Senior Language Tutorial (French Prose & Poetry)
Outside of Class: I spend my time with friends, hiking and watching nature, with my dog Ulysses out on walks, and at grappling club.​​​​​​​
Plato or Aristotle?: Aristotle (I trust Plato as far as I can throw him, and he was nicknamed Plato for a reason.)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
How did you choose St. John’s?: St John’s met two of my needs deeply: I needed the structure of the Great Conversation and I still need the freedom to make my own way, to push, to explore, and to learn how to teach myself from listening to myself.