Return of the speaker

Return of the speaker

Sara Yang

  A college adviser, admissions officer and college handbook author — all in one


Not only can college be expensive and stressful — it can be confusing.

Guest speaker Jon Reider will be speaking in a feature presentation about college applications on May 4 in the auditorium.  Reider, a current college adviser at University High School in San Francisco and former Stanford University admissions officer, has spoken at campus college nights for juniors and seniors for the past several years.

"He's quite a character," Career Center liason Miriam Taba said.  "He knows [MVHS] kids, and he knows [MVHS] families — the kinds of questions that parents are asking, the kinds of concerns."

Reider is also the co-author of "Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About College Admissions", a college handbook available for $15 while supplies last at the presentation.  According to Taba, the presentation is geared towards sophomores, juniors and families of first-generation college attendees.

"[For] families that are from…India, Korea, Japan, China.  [In Asia], you take a test at a certain grade level and that determines what college you go to, and so they think that's what the SAT here is," Taba said.  "I think [this misconception] is part of the proliferation of all these SAT prep classes."

As college misconceptions for many do not stop with the SAT, those who are confused or have not yet been exposed to the college application process are encouraged to attend the event.  Students can sign up to attend and pre-order copies of Reider's book on Naviance.

"What this is, is a candid talk on college admissions today," Taba said.