Maybe it’s been only a few months since your last academic paper; maybe it’s been a few decades; either way, every graduate student finds something they haven’t encountered before in writing their first essay at St. John’s.
How is it different? I’ll let Geoffrey Young, AGI’19 and current Graduate Writing Assitant, explain it all for you:
Okay, to explain just a bit more of what Mr. Young alluded to at the end, students have these resources at their disposal:
- Graduate Writing Assistants not only hold office hours each week for paper conferences but also respond with edits and helpful tips via email at all hours.
- The libraries on both campuses keep copies of past prize-winning essays for you to see what makes a successful St. John’s paper. (As regards prize winning, tutors gather at the end of the semester to select winners whose names are announced at commencement. The prize? Bragging rights and the chance to be immortalized on the respective campus you attend — a constant guide to each new flock of Johnnies.)
- Tutors do their darnedest to make themselves available outside of class, and St. John’s incentivizes this by offering free meals on campus for both you and the tutor you bring to the dining hall!
If writing a St. John’s essay still seems difficult, you’re right!
If writing a St. John’s essay now seems intriguing, you’re right!
By writing in this fashion, aren’t we engaging in a similar process to what many philosophers enshrined on the syllabus did themselves, asking better and better questions, pushing further and further into uncertainty until arriving at the clearest and most distinct opinion that presents itself?
Oh! Don’t steal that — that’s MY next opening question…