Washington & Lee High School has a new Virginia College Advising Corps leader. Named to the two-year position is Jenna Rieden. She replaces Sarabeth Vernon, who initiated the program at W&L. Ms. Rieden grew up in Herndon, Virginia and is a graduate of Oakton High School, class of 2013 and the University of Virginia, class of 2017.
The Virginia College Advisory Corps is a two-year program that connects recent college graduates with high school to promote a college-going culture. Jenna volunteered in the Charlottesville area and discovered her love of working with older youth. She knew someone who had been an adviser and decided to become one.
Jenna stated, “As a college adviser, I hope to demystify the college process; what steps need to be taken, financial aid, etc…through one-on-one conversations, as well as classroom presentations. I hope to act as a sounding board, provide information, and grant more transparency and understanding of the college going process. My ultimate goal, however, is to ensure that every student feels confident with his/her plan after high school, whether that is a four year or two-year school, trade school joining the workforce, or more.
Ms. Rieden will be at Washington & Lee High School every Monday and Tuesday and alternate Fridays. Washington & Lee welcomes Ms. Rieden to the home of the Eagles.