FREEING MINDS A Campaign for St. John's College
In all likelihood, you shouldn’t. Especially for introductory course work, you’re likely to get comparable courses at your local state university—at a fraction of the cost, including not only tuition, but room, board and travel (especially if you can stay at home while you study). Don’t get allured by big names and reputations! However, if your top choice IS Oxford, that requires a Global Pathways application.
Yes. You need to use the Global Pathways application for the Athens program. If that proposal is not funded, you would still have time to submit a separate General Pathways application for CUNY.
Yes. As long as the conference or conferences fall during the summer months and you can show what information you will gain that is related to your future career or graduate/professional school, the Pathways Committee would consider such an application. Members of the committee may also be able to help you locate such conferences.
The first thing you should do is consult a tutor, staff member, or alumnus with some background in anthropology. That person might be able to help you understand the various sub-disciplines. He or she might also help you to decide whether your interest is really in anthropology as opposed to folklore. Don’t try to navigate this all by yourself—take advantage of the resources of the St. John’s community.
Contact the professor or the department. They can give you a better idea of how your current skills match those expected in the class. It’s likely that you will need their approval to enter the class without prerequisites anyway.
Not necessarily. Before giving up, talk to a tutor, staff member, or alumnus with experience in this field. That person might be able to advise you on the importance of the various prerequisites in the context of your own background. After talking with this person, it may then make sense to contact the department in question for further clarification.
Consulting with tutors, staff members, or alumni can be very helpful with a problem like this. They can help you break up your project into smaller pieces. Thereafter, they may also be able to recommend specific programs to consider.
One possibility is to consider introductory coursework in an interdisciplinary science like oceanography or environmental science. That would expose you to elements of physics, chemistry and biology as they pertain to the ocean or environment. Such an introduction might help you decide whether you like physics more than chemistry or biology.
No, at least not yet. Many summer programs offer financial aid, often in the form of work-study. Contact the program to see what financial aid is available. You should also talk with your parents to see what, if any, support they can give you. Additionally, regardless of whether financial assistance from the institution or your parents is available, talk to a tutor, staff member, or alumnus with experience in the field. He or she may be able to suggest other, comparable programs that are less expensive.
A Pathways Fellowship is intended, in part, to help you figure out and begin to develop your own interests and commitments. This necessarily will entail risks, and we would like to encourage you to take those risks. As long as you make a good-faith effort in your coursework, which means, for example, doing assignments, attending class, and taking exams, you will not be penalized if you don’t do very well. That said, it is also for this reason that you are strongly advised to consult in advance with relevant tutors, staff members, or alumni to make sure that you are taking on a feasible project of study.
The following Pathways Committee members are available to provide advice about choosing summer academic or certificate programs or professional conferences:
Bill Donahue, director of laboratories, whdonahue(at)sjc.edu (science program advisor)
Pier Quintana, assistant director of Personal and Professional Development, pier.quintana(at)sjc.edu (Global/General Pathways)
Charles Bergman, director of Personal and Professional Development, charles.bergman(at)sjc.edu (general, global and premed/biomed advice)
Eric Poppele, tutor, epoppele(at)sjc.edu (engineering and science program advisor)
Greg Schneider, tutor, gwschneider(at)sjc.edu (pre-medical and film studies program advisor)
Susan Stickney, tutor, sstickne(at)sjc.edu (Marchutz School of Painting and global education program advisor)
Llyd Wells, tutor, lewells(at)sjc.edu (Sea Education Association [SEA], ancient languages, science programs, and living abroad advisor)
The Office of Personal and Professional Development has a list of St. John’s tutors and staff members who are willing to offer advice about specific fields of study. To find alumni in a particular field, contact the Office of Personal and Professional Development, Weigle Hall, Room 13, 505-984-6132 (Fax: 505-984-6167) or email santafe.careerservices(at)sjc.edu or pier.quintana(at)sjc.edu.