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Welcome to fall 2018

In fall 2018, three new bloggers are here to share stories about studying at MiraCosta College and living in Southern California.  One of us is a skateboarder, one of us is a beatboxer, and one is interested in sustainable agriculture.  Find out more on our blogs!

fall 2018 bloggers Yu, Suzanne, and Mati

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College is for everyone! (Suzanne)

Hi everyone,

Don’t panic. When you have a big dream the most cleaver thing that I consider we can do do is to broke into smaller parts as a step by step. Simply because time will pass whenever, then if you just start your Day 1 and keep doing one day you will receive good news about them.

In my personal opinion the hardest part is to know what you want from your career. Really. If you know this clearly, you are in a good spot. If you want help, MiraCosta has a great guide to map your career and academic life.

When you know WHAT you want study, and WHEN you want to study, you are ready to apply.  I will breakdown your College admission:

1 Copy of passport – easy peasy;

2  Fill the International Student Application Form (PDF) – do it as soon as you can just to start your path;

3 Official transcript from your high school certificate of graduation and from all colleges and universities attended – the work here is to find an official form to transcript your school documents in your town;  Translate in English.

4 Proof of English skills such as IELTS score of 5.5 or TOEFL score of 450 on the paper- based.   Have you attended English course in the United States?  Contact us to see if you meet the English requirement.  Or you can take the TOEFL or IELTS test in your country.   TOEFL web site.

Fill the Certificate of Financial Responsibility (PDF): you need to show you have saved money to live and study in the United States equivalent to $24,000.  When you are planning for MiraCosta look at the  the Estimated Cost of to Study and Living

6. If currently in United States, you need to show proof of your immigration status and complete the Transfer Clearance Form (PDF)

You can find this whole content here.

Good Luck!

Suzanne

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Olá a todos,

Não entre em pânico! Quando você tem um grande sonho, a melhor coisa que considero válida a fazer é dividir em partes menores em um passo a passo. Simplesmente porque o tempo vai passar sempre, então se você acabou de começar no seu dia 1 e continuar fazendo, um dia você receberá boas notícias a respeito.

Na minha opinião pessoal, a parte mais difícil é saber o que você quer da sua carreira. Mesmo. Se você sabe disso claramente, você está em um bom lugar. Mas você quiser ajuda, MiraCosta tem um ótimo guia para mapear sua carreira e vida acadêmica.

Quando você sabe o QUE quer estudar, e QUANDO você quer estudar, você está pronto para se candidatar. Eu vou te ajudar a entender o seu processo de admissão na faculdade:

1 Cópia do passaporte – fácil, certo?

2 Preencha o Formulário de Inscrição para Estudantes Internacionais (PDF – International Student Application Form) – faça-o o mais rápido possível para começar seu processo;

3 Transcrição oficial de seu certificado de graduação do ensino médio e de todas as faculdades e universidades atendidas – o trabalho aqui é encontrar um tradutor oficial para transcrever seus documentos escolares em sua cidade; Traduzido em inglês.

4 Prova de habilidades de inglês, como pontuação no IELTS de 5,5 ou pontuação no TOEFL de 450 no papel. Você já estuda inglês nos Estados Unidos? Entre em contato para saber se você atende ao requisito de inglês. Ou você pode fazer o teste TOEFL ou IELTS no seu país. Veja aqui o site do TOEFL.

5 Preencha o Certificado de Responsabilidade Financeira (PDF): você precisa mostrar que tem o suficiente para morar e estudar nos Estados Unidos, o equivalente a $ 24.000/ano. Segue aqui a composicao do calculo. 

6. Se atualmente nos Estados Unidos, você precisa mostrar prova de seu status de imigração e preencher o Formulário de Autorização de Transferência (PDF)

 

Você pode encontrar todo este conteúdo aqui.

Boa sorte!

Suzanne

 

 

Interview with Victoria (ELI Student) by Matias – Part 2

 

To summarize,  it is pretty easy to apply to the English Language Institute and get to MiraCosta College.  I hope this video helps! Make sure to check out the other ELI interviews to be even more informed.

Thanks for watching !

🎃MiraCosta college Halloween Party🎃

MiraCosta College seasonal Halloween party.

Halloween is a popular activity in the fall. This year our MiraCosta halloween party was sponsored by the International Club and other student groups.  It was held in the Student Center including the cafeteria and several rooms.  

What we had in the party?

  • We got food drinks! pizza, donut, salad and cold drinks!
  • Dance performance from Kpop club.
  • DJ music.
  • Minigames!
  • Terrifying haunted house
  • Costume contest. Winner will receive worth 100$ value prize!

The party wearing costume is not mandatory, we have many students just hang around and enjoy the atmosphere too. The admission is free, which is favorable for our pocket. The party was opened for every student and their friends, so we had more than 50 people in the party. I really enjoyed the haunted house. The staffs worked hard to decorate the the rooms, student got scared one after another.

MiraCosta is not only focus on education, but also provide the opportunity to interacting with other student. Think that is really important to international student because spending time and talking with other people help international student to improve their English as well as communication skills.

Check the URL here and see what the party look like!

 

A different way to consider learning English (Suzanne)

Hey there,

I know that an interchange for learning English is a goal for most students around the world, but have you wondered what you could learn at an American college?   With intermediate English language level this experience could be even more profitable for your career.   Why I am sharing this? Because I came to the USA to improve my English, but I realized that I could improve my career skills with a specific Academic Certificate instead an English language certificate by itself.  Attending college and improving my English will be way more valuable.

But why attend a college instead of English language course?

ELI to college to graduation

  • You have many subject that could be related to your field of interest, check here to check how diverse the options are.
  • You may think English is the biggest barrier to going to college, but it is easier than you think.   The English requirement to attend MiraCosta College is TOEFL score of 450 – a really attainable score for those who have a previous contact with the language.
  • You can do your TOEFL test in your own country and apply for study straight in your field of interest and arrive to start your Certificate oriented by your career interest. YAY!

Of course you have other steps to attend college such as proof of high school diploma and transcripts with grades, but I am encouraging you that it will be easy as another interchange.  You will feel supported by your class team and for sure full of new and oriented skills for your life and career luggage. I like to share that once you are part of it, you bring your own experiences and are also part of your course, contributing and feeling that be part of a real field market (even studying) makes you part of something even bigger.

Just in case you really want only learn English as Second Language program, check out the English Language Institute at MiraCosta College!

Be the best version of you.  Run for it!

Cheers,

Suzanne


 

Oi oi,

Nós jovens sedentos por desenvolvimento sabemos que um intercâmbio para aprender inglês é uma meta para a maioria dos estudantes ao redor do mundo, mas você já se perguntou o que poderia aprender em uma faculdade americana? Com nível intermediário de inglês essa experiência pode ser ainda mais impulsionadora para sua carreira. Por que eu estou compartilhando isso? Porque eu vim para os EUA para desenvolver meu inglês, mas percebi que poderia melhorar minhas habilidades profissionais com um Certificado Acadêmico específico, em vez de um certificado em inglês por si só. Frequentar a faculdade e melhorar meu inglês será muito mais valioso. Mas por que frequentar uma faculdade em vez de um curso de ingles?

ELI to college to graduation

• Muitos cursos podem estar relacionados ao seu campo de interesse, confira aqui para verificar o quão diversas são as opções;

• Você pode achar que o inglês é a maior barreira para ir para a faculdade, mas é mais fácil do que você pensa. A exigência de Inglês para participar do MiraCosta College é TOEFL pontuação de 450 – uma pontuação realmente atingível para aqueles que têm um contato anterior com o idioma;

• Você pode fazer seu teste TOEFL em seu próprio país e inscrever-se de casa e chegar para iniciar seu certificado orientado por seu interesse profissional. YAY!

É claro que você tem outras etapas para cursar a faculdade, como prova de diploma do ensino médio e transcrições com notas, mas estou encorajando você de que será fácil como qualquer outro intercâmbio. Você se sentirá apoiado por sua equipe de classe e, com certeza, cheio de novas e orientadas habilidades para sua vida e bagagem de carreira. Eu gosto de compartilhar que uma vez que você faz parte disso, você traz suas próprias experiências e também faz parte do seu curso, contribuindo e sentindo que fazer parte de um mercado real de campo (mesmo estudando) faz de você parte de algo ainda maior.

Porém se o que procura mesmo é aprender Inglês como segundo idioma, confira aqui uma mensagem específica para você.

Faça parte de suas melhores versões e corra pra isso!

Felicidades,

Suzanne

 

Process in becoming an ELI student part 1 by Matias

MiraCosta College offers a great English language program called the English Language Institute (ELI) .  Here are two easy steps to learn English in Oceanside, California.

Step 1. Learn about the program.

Step 2. Fill in an international student application.

Watch this video to find the international student application form on the MiraCosta website.

私のハウジングバックグランド (Housing background by Yu)

home-buyer  私が初めて住んでた家はホストファミリースタイルでした.7人賑やかな家族でした。毎月500$が家賃と初月に200$が敷金を支払っていました。

良かった事

  • ホストファリーママのご飯が美味しい。
  • バス停が近かい。
  • スーパーマーケットが近くて便利。
  • 家賃がリーズナブル。
  • ホストファミリーがとても親切。

悪かったとこ

  • 二時間半かけてバスで学校へ通う事。

 

学校が遠いため、学校の近くに引っ越しました。二個目のお家はOceanside にある一軒家で、四人のハウスメイトとシェアハウスしてました。家賃が650$で700$敷金でした。

良かった事

  • 15分の徒歩で学校につける事。
  • ルームメイト車で食材の買い物を一緒に買い行ってくれる事

悪かった事

  • 大家がとてもルールに煩く、不定期に家のチェックやリビングルームに泊りにくる。
  • 家と学校の間に坂があって、登るのがたまに辛い。

夏休みを迎え日本に一時帰国する時に家を引っ越しました。私がいま住んでいる家は同じくOceanside, 学校から車で10分ほどドライブでつきます。家賃が600$で敷金が200$です。

良かった事

  • 自分専用のトイレとシャワールームがある事
  • 年配のホストファミリー夫婦はとても親切。
  • 家のコミュニティではプールとジャグジーが使い放題。

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最後に、引っ越しすることは沢山の利点もありますが、それと同時に時間と労働がかかります。引っ越しを通じてたくさんの経験ができたのも留学での面白い思い出になれたと思います。もしあなたが新入生でしたら学校の近くで家を探すようお勧めします。環境に慣れるのはじめのステップであって。慣れ始めたらまた少しづつ自分で留学のライフスタイル変えていけたらと思います。

My Housing History by Yu

  home-buyerWhen I first arrived to California I was living in San Diego in the Mira Mesa area with a host family. They were really nice and kind. There were 7 people in the house, it was cheerful. I paid 500$ for the rent, and 200$ for the deposit. It is really good price to live in San Diego.

The things I like are 

  • Host mom cooks everyday and the dish is really tasty.
  • The bus stop is near the house, it takes me 7 minutes to reach the buss stop.
  • Convenient access to grocery shopping and star backs.
  • Rent is really good price.
  • Host family are kind

The things I dislike is 

  • It takes me 2 hour and half to go to school by bus.

My second place Cameo Drive, Oceanside

After I decided to move out, I moved near to MiraCosta College. It is a house, and the owner lets student rent a room. They were 4 student in the house including me. Everyone pay different rent due to the room condition and size. The rent was 650$, and deposit was 700$

The things I like are

  • The house is near the school, it is really convenient to go school, it takes 15 minutes to get school on foot.
  • Roommate were nice. She drove me to buy grocery shopping.

The things I dislike are :

  • The landlord was really strict about rules, which are included house cleaning, regulated cooking method.
  • Landlord comes back once a while to inspect the house. When they comeback, they live in the living room which is annoying. Because they go bet early in the living room, which make student awkward to go get stuff from refrigerator because students have to pass by living room.
  • There is a hill on the way to school, it is tired to climb the hill.
  • Inconvenient to go shopping.

My current place  Rawhide Way, Oceanside

I am living again with a host family. They are elderly couple. It is really beautiful and big house. It takes me 1 hour to get school if I take the bus, but since I got my car, I drive 10 mines to go school. I pay 600$ for rent and 200$ for deposit.

The things I like are

  • I have own bathroom and big bed.
  • Elder couple are really nice
  • I can borrow the swimming pool key and enjoying swimming and Jacuzzi.
  • It is a community and has gate, which is safer.

IMG_8109They are many benefit if you move to new places, but it also takes many process and time to do. I did not like my second house landlord, but I think it was a good experience to spend time at the house. If you are the first semester new student I would recommend to find the place near school. Once you got used to it, you would have more option to decide later on.