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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 our students below. Whether it’s about the curriculum or extracurricular activities, one of us will respond and share first-hand experience.

Meet a Student

Alayna Raymond

Alayna Raymond
Alayna Raymond

Email: annapolis.askastudent(at)
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Spanaway, Washington
Favorite Program Book: Phaedo​ by Plato​​​​​​​
Favorite Non-Program Book:Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt​​​​​​​
Favorite Place on Campus: Greenfield Library. There’s something about seeing the swaying trees through the windows that is very calming while I do work.​​​​​​​
Favorite Class: Language Tutorial​​​​​​​
Outside of Class: Studying at Old Fox Books, walking around Annapolis with friends, going to all the antique shops, and attending study groups.​​​​​​​
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato always seems to hit on something that tugs at my soul for a while, so I spend more time working at understanding his writing.​​​​​​​

James Ussery

James Ussery
James Ussery

Email: annapolis.askastudent(at)
Campus: Annapolis
Hometown: Naples, FL​​​​​​​
Favorite Program Book: Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed​​​​​​​
Favorite Non-Program Book: Ron Hansen’s Nebraska: Stories
Favorite Place on Campus: On the top floor of Greenfield library, right next to the psychoanalysis section, in the armchair underneath the window​​​​​​​
Favorite Class: Freshman Seminar
Outside of Class: I’m either holed up in the basement of the library reading about who-knows-what, or I’m in one of my friend’s dorms arguing about philosophy.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato, for sure.

Margaret Wilson Merritt

Margaret Wilson
Margaret Wilson

​​​​​​​Email: santafe.askastudent(at)
Campus: Santa Fe
Hometown: Belfast, ME​​​​​​​
Favorite Program Book: Several! By year, the Odyssey, Dante, and the Pensées​​​​​​​
Favorite Non-Program Book: Fiction: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Non-fiction: either Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell or A People's History by Howard Zinn. Biography: Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood​​​​​​​
Favorite Place on Campus: Library, but lying in the field behind the SAC is nice!​​​​​​​
Favorite Class: Language. I really miss music though.​​​​​​​
Outside of Class: I read some more, make stuff, watch period dramas and science documentaries and I'm a writer.  I do political activism too! I've been involved in the drama, writing, and environmental groups​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Plato or Aristotle?: Plato, probably The Republic