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This is a school for extroverts - forNot so brightPhilosophy
This is a school for extroverts - for people who need to talk about things before understanding them. If you do not need this, then do not come here. Classes tend to get overrun by the few strong personalities who have their own stubborn interpretation of the texts. You will not get good grades if you do not speak.

The oh-so-exalted "program" itself is actually quite interesting. The first two years are generally better content-wise than the second two. Not because of the actual content alone, but because of the relation between all the classes. Of course, the last two years are coherent too, but as the school has a high acceptance rate you end up with people who don't care much about the amazing science and math we get to inspect from the beginning, and so those two subjects take the wayside and are frequently interrupted by ignorance and stalling.

Also, Santa Fe's not full of science/research related opportunities for internships or jobs. If you can find a place where they accept Lib. Arts majors to do research in the sciences, you'll need a car and a lot of time to get back and forth. So if you like science and have any thoughts whatsoever of possibly going into STEM careers, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

There are a few tutors who have come from the science world, and they can't really help you. There are no funds for private research, and unless you can get a group of people you probably won't be able to get very far unless you're ok with continuously asking for a tutor's time.

The language and seminar classes are really the redeeming factor. That's where the conversations can get interesting into literature or philosophy, and sometimes get really meta. Of course, if you're not a loud or quick (non)thinking person, this can be annoying. You may want to speak and not want to brave the room.

Which reminds me, if you want to come to St. John's for the small classes, they're not really that small. You'd have better luck at another medium sized college where you can take classes and electives with 5 people in a class.

I'm still not exactly sure what the 'successful Johnnies' hope to get out of this program. I suppose just the wisdom that I thought I would achieve here. There are success stories however, and if you have the life energy and the right personality to control every aspect of your education you have the advantage.

If you are a person who wants to learn things that will help you in the utilitarian world, and are also interested in philosophy, go to a normal school and research on your own. It would be better (for use's sake) to be researching philosophy in your "free time" for your own benefit than to be researching math and science to no societal advantage.Please, before you come here, think of who you are. If you come here against your personality and idea of future desires, you will spiral downwards into a bad place, or waste money and ultimately transfer.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2017
Useful Schoolwork: A, Surrounding City: C
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For those who want to engage in a lifestyle of constant intellectual thought in a democratic setting, this is the place for you.
4th Year Male -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, University Resource Use: B
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One of a kind. Everyone here wants to be here. Amazing opportunity to take a journey through great books, but not being told what to think -- every student finds their own way. And to do this in such a beautiful place, and surrounded by so many smart, interesting people. College could never be better!
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use: B+
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