Dr. Mosby lends his expertise in college admissions
By Nayyab Rai- Staff Reporter
Being on time when turning in your college application is essential to getting accepted at your chosen school, said High- line College President Dr. John Mosby.
This is just one out of several pieces of advice Dr. Mosby gave during a speech to the Honors class last week on campus.
"I am the former admissions director at San Diego State in sunny, sunny California, so I know a thing or two about ap- plications," Dr. Mosby said.
'I have read literally thou- sands of applications, so I know what the do's and don'ts are," he said.
For many students, applying to go to another college is a lot of pressure. It feels as if you are being pulled into a million dif- ferent directions with no clear path on where you want to go, he said.
"Students need to remember that the statistics are unfair. En- rollment is different every year, and you cannot think that just because 80 percent were accept- ed one year, the same amount will be accepted the next year," Dr. Mosby said. "If you think that the process will remain the same, you will put yourself into a box."
"What students need to first and foremost know when creat- ing an application is when is the deadline," Dr. Mosby said.
The number of students who forget the deadline is surpris- ingly high, and colleges do not typically make an exception in looking at the application once the due date passes.
"If the college you want to go to takes priority deadlines, then that is the date that you want to submit your application by. Col- leges tend to give a closer look to students who do that rather than students who do not," Dr. Mosby said.
The next thing that students need to look out for is making sure that every little detail on the application is filled out. All the prompts are ready to go, the questions are all answered, and any extra work that the applica- tion might need.
"Missing just one little thing can prevent you from being ac- cepted at your dream college," Dr. Mosby said.
"Make sure to have extra copies of your transcripts ly- ing around. You never know when you might need them," he said.
"I remember when I was ap- plying to college in my senior year of high school, all of my friends were getting their letters from the colleges that they ap- plied to, but I still had not heard from mine. I called the Admis- sions Department and they told me that they had no record of my application in their system," Dr. Mosby said.
"I was absolutely horrified. I had no idea what to do. Luckily, my father had made extra cop-
ies of my application, we sent the application in again, and I managed to get accepted," he said.
Transcripts are not the only thing that students need, rec- ommendation letters are a huge part of the process.
"You would not believe that amount of recommendation letters that I would read that would always end up roasting the student," Dr. Mosby said.
"When you ask someone to write you a recommendation letter, you always want to make sure that the person you asked only has nice things to say about you," Dr. Mosby said.
"Try to give them at least a month to write it so that you can get the best possible letter that you can," he said.
One of the most important parts of the college application process, is that personal state- ment. It is basically the only part of the application where students can really talk about themselves, he said.
"So many applicants try to go for the cliché sob story. Trust me when I say that people in ad- missions are tired of that," Dr. Mosby said.
"Go for something simple, and just let the person you are
come out on the paper," Dr. Mosby said.
"It is where you need to be- come vulnerable and show who you really are. The people who can admit you want to know who you are as a person, and what kind of human being you would be on their campus," he said.
'The application process is not meant to be easy, it can sound a bit overwhelming, but it is truly a wonderful experi- ence," Dr. Mosby said.
It is best for students to apply to about three different colleges: the one you are guaranteed acceptance, the one you have a chance in, and your dream school, he said.
Do not apply to just any random old school, try to fig- ure out why you want to go to that specific institution, he said.
"Find out the costs, scholar- ships offered, and extracurric- ular activities in order to better your college experience," Dr. Mosby said.
College is meant to be a time where you can really go out and explore what is out there. It is a place where you can meet and connect with all sorts of people, he said.