Dr. Mosby answers student questions and concerns

By Thao Nguyen - Staff Reporter

One sure fire way to attract students for a sit down with the college president is to offer free pizza.

It works.

Approximately 80 students gathered in Building 8 on May 6 to meet with Highline's President Dr. John Mosby at High- line College's first Pizza with President event.

Dr. Mosby took the opportunity to answer students' questions and hear about their concerns.

Knowing that many students are facing stresses. Dr. Mosby said he thought it was a good opportunity for students to tell him of their struggles.

"The goal is to listen, to hear from the students, to answer any kind of questions from them. To listen how we can make Highline better and lis- ten to their experiences," Dr. Mosby said.

He personally went to each table to have conversations with students.

Many students knew about the event from flyers around the campus, and through friends. Some of them just happened to be in the right place, at the right time.

And some just came for free pizza.

Linh Nhi was one of the students attended the event said that she always wanted to have a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Mosby, but never really had a chance.

She said that the event was a good opportunity for her to finally have a conversation with the president.

"I know it's depends on the student, they have their own problems at school," Alana Dacosta said. "Personally, I think communication is one of the problems. I came to talk to the person at front desk at Financial Aid to ask her some questions, but she didn't really answer my questions."

Some of the students at the event talked about how they don't really get much sleep.

The reasons listed were school, work, and other things in life.

Most of them aren't getting the seven or eight hours of sleep that they should have.

They are always tired and their brain can't function as well.

"I'm a full- time student, and also have two jobs." Jessica Wil- son said. "I also have to take care of my little brother. I barely have time to sleep. I always came to class tired."

"Today's event went pretty well, I got to talk to some of the students. It helps me to under- stand the students more Hope- fully the meetings in the future will go this well, even better," Dr. Mosby said.

Dr. Mosby said he will hold meetings with students monthly, possibly with more free pizza, too.

Future events will be announced on the Highline website.

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Graduating students are en- couraged to attend Grad Fair where they can accomplish many of the tasks needed to prepare for Commencement. At the Grad Fair, students can purchase commencement regalia, pick up cap & gown orders from online orders, join the Alumni Association, check in for Commencement, visit a cap decorating station, buy a class ring, get professional graduation photos taken, and celebrate with fellow graduating classmates. You can join the celebration at Building 8, 1st floor, Mt. Constance/Olympus on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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