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We are three MiraCosta College students: Alex, Nhi and Lee.
We are here to help you become a student at MiraCosta and explore fun activities. Please contact us for any information about becoming a student at this great school.

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What does a student worker at MiraCosta College look like?

As an international student at MiraCosta College, you can work up to 19.5 hours/week. First of all, you have to be a full time student taking at least 12 units in the semester. Thus, even if you work at multiple departments, the total hours you can work in a week have to add up to no more than 19.5 hours. Besides submission of application in the departments and the hire package in Career Center, approval from International Office is required. I want to introduce my job as a Blogger/Student Outreach so that everyone who reads this blog would have an idea what it looks like to be a student worker at MiraCosta College.

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Amandine From France (left) and Nhi from Vietnam work as Student Outreach
  • Duties: Publish at least two blogs in a month
  • Hours/week: At least one hour in international office to blog, sometimes more for additional event, which is pretty flexible
  • Additional activities:
    • Conduct interviews prior to the Coffee Chat Series
    • Help on some international events related to MiraCosta College and its English Language Institute
  • Experiences gained:
    • Being more active on campus
    • Increase writing skills
    • Being more creative
    • Have chance to work with MiraCosta leaders, such as faculty and staff
    • Know more people and gain relationships
    • Gain information

Following are the interviews conducted for the Coffee Chat Series:

 

For more information of working on campus, check out Mari’s blog

Midterms by Alex

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Hafidha’s favorite study corner in the MiraCosta Oceanside library

Midterm tests can be stressful. Last week I finished my midterm tests for all my classes and I feel confident about them. As an experienced student, let me give you recommendations on how to prepare:

  • Always go to classes, its a lot easier to learn with someone who understands the course telling you whats important, and also allows you to ask questions. Some students don’t realize the difference of attending and not attending the classes. SO what do you do in class? —  listen, and take notes.  While everyone knows that taking notes is important, let me tell you a little secret, the more notes you take the less you have to read the text book.
  • So in that case why do you need a textbook, well sometimes you do not, but that is very rare. The value of a textbook is directly tied to the type of teacher some use lectures to add to the book, while some use the book to add to the lectures. figuring out what type of teacher you have is also important.
  • One personal tip for understanding teachers is look at quizzes or sample tests to figure out how they ask questions. Some teachers ask what date something took place while others might ask what took place on that date, by pinpointing what they will ask will let you determine what is important.
  • Last step is not to worry.  The more worried you are means they less prepared you are and you will have the tendency to make small mistakes that will add up. Doing bad on the midterm isn’t the end, most of the time, you still have the later half of the class and the final to catch back up and learn from your mistakes.

Coffee Chat Series: Meet Dr. Alketa Wojcik of Student Services and Success! – Lee

Here is the last and final meet and greet of our Coffee Chat series, this time with the wonderful Dr. Alketa Wojcik, the Vice President of Student Services!

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Here is the full interview!

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“Conversation with Faculty” is one of the Coffee Chat Series sponsored by MiraCosta International Office where all of MiraCosta international students are welcome to join us for awesome conversations with MiraCosta leaders. We are open for all of the appropriate questions and topics, especially ones contributing to your success.

Dr. Alketa Wojick, the Vice President of Student Services at MiraCosta College, will be available on Wednesday, 11/1/2017 from 5:00-6:00 pm , inside the Cafeteria. You can find her at the table with flags from all over the world. Free coffee, tea, and some suprising treats will be provided.

What students pay for housing – By Lee

When deciding upon coming to Miracosta College (or anywhere else for that matter), a question to ask is how much can you expect to pay while living here in Southern California. Well, I have made it really easy for you, by interviewing several different students about how much they pay rent, what kind of accomodations they live in, and what features they get with their rent. They have all opted to stay anonymous, but they are all current Fall 2017 students.

Student #1:

I pay $400 for rent for my own room (master) in Hidden Cove Apartments, in Escondido, CA. I split it evenly with 5 other people. I also share my bathroom with someone else. With $400 I get gated community, a parking space, heated pool, maintenance, and in-apartment gym.

http://www.hiddencoveapartmenthomes.com/en/apartments/floor-plans.html

Student #2:

I pay $200, but I live with family in a house, in Vista, CA So I share with everyone, and get all other housing expenses for free.

Student #3:

I pay $400 for a couch in an apartent in Shadowridge Summerwind Apartments in Vista, CA. I share the apartment with one other person. I get everything included with my rent.

http://www.summerwindapartmentliving.com/Floor-plans.aspx

Student #4:

I currently live with my parents, because even though I tried to live on my own, it was just too expensive. I had paid $700 in rent, split it with one other person, in downtown San Diego. Add to that the expenses of food, gas, utilites, and other stuff, it was just too expensive.  Sidenote: San Diego is expensive so be aware of the amount needed to stay here, even it’s just for 6 months.

https://www.apartments.com/downtown-san-diego-san-diego-ca/

Student #5:

I pay $250, but I live with my mom to help out. I live in a house here in Oceanside, with my own bathroom. The only thing I do not get with the rent is laundry expenses.

Student #6

I pay $700 to live with a host family which includes food and utilities. I found the family when a friend moved out and I went to visit the house.  When I first arrived to MiraCosta I stayed with a host family.  I didn’t like sharing a bathroom, but the family was very nice and took me to many places in San Diego.  I think it is good to start with a host family because you will learn more about the local area faster.

To find a host family you can apply with Homestay Services International.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices, but the average is $600 in the Northern San Diego county area (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas) to share a room and apartment. So, with all that being said, this is why it is necessary for you to put aside so much money before coming here, because it is really expensive. BUT, it is worth it once you do arrive. There is a reason why it’s expensive here, especially in Southern California, and it’s because everyone in the nation and the world wants to live here (Hint: it’s got something to do with Hollywood — and the great weather).

Coffee Chat Series: Meet Edward from Tutoring and Academic Support Center – by Nhi

‘Conversation with Faculty’ is one of the Coffee Chat Series sponsored by MiraCosta International Office where all of MiraCosta international students are welcome to join and have great converstions with MiraCosta leaders. We are open for all of the appropriate questions and topics, especially ones contributing to your success.

This time we are having Dr. Pohlert, the Director of Tutoring and Academic Support Center at MiraCosta College. Free coffee and tea and some suprising treat will be provided. Come join us on Tuesday, 10/17/2017 from 10:00-11:00 am at Cafeteria at the table with a lot of colorful flags from a lot of countries all over the world.

Prior interview for the ‘Conversation with Faculty’ getting to know Dr.

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An international student can get scholarships while attending MiraCosta College

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A student getting scholarship award at MiraCosta College in 2016

As an international student, I initially thought that I would not be able to get a scholarship, because scholarships and financial aid seemed more available for the U.S residents and citizens. However, I did it!  I won a $1000 MiraCosta College scholarship in May 2017!!   I learned a lot from this experience, such that I have to read a lot to  find the available scholarships which I am eligible to apply.

MiraCosta scholarships are available to students who complete one semester and are continuing for another semester. I had to write an essay as a personal statement in which I described myself as how I deserved that scholarship. Basically, I answered two questions:

  • “What makes you different from the other candidates?”
  • “What makes you deserve this scholarship?”
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Nhi Tran, from Vietnam, won $1000 Miracosta College Scholarship

Applying was easy. On the MiraCosta Scholarship webpage, I typed my student ID and SURF password.  I completed personal information, then uploaded a personal statement and my MiraCosta transcript.  The most important requirement was that I had to submit my transcript from the previous semester and showed them my future enrolled classes.  That means I needed to have at least one full semester at MiraCosta getting a certain minimum GPA (vary depending on each scholarship), and I will be enrolling for the next semester, because a lot of scholarship at MiraCosta are not transferable.

 

 

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Scholarship Celebration at MiraCosta in 2016

There have been a lot of students winning the scholarships at MiraCosta College, and there are a lot of types of scholarships with different amount awarded. Gie, an international student from Malaysia, got 2017 annual scholarship which was $500 award. “I felt happy. The scholarship made my day,” said Gie

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Gie Song Tan, from Malaysia, got 2017 annual scholarshipa at Miracosta College

Gie also shared some tips to the future candidates at MiraCosta that, “All you have to do is to get a good grade, put some effort writing, share your story and experience, you can seek help from Writing Center or even Scholarship office.” In personal statement, he wrote about the difficulties that he has experienced in the United States, his educational as well as career goals, and how the scholarship would help him. All of that helped him win the scholarship. MiraCosta has great financial resources available for students who attend this College. So why not apply when you need financial support? First, finish your first semester at MiraCosta College with a good GPA. Second, look for the scholarships that you are eligible to apply. Then go for it!

For more information on scholarships, check out Augustina’s blog.

Why join a Club? by Lee

That is the question. Why join a club? As a busy student myself, I know that it can be challenging to new students to figure out their schedule. But I also know that once you’re gotten your schedule, and you are in a groove, I’m pretty sure that you can join a club or two.

But let’s say that you do have the time to join one or two clubs. Why should you?

They are also a good way to just relieve stress from exams, and hanging out whnever you have free time. It even connects you to people who may become lifelong friends!

With there being around 50 clubs to choose from, there’s something everyone! I can tell you that I’m currently a member of 5 different clubs, have helped at events of another 5 clubs, and I’m president of the K-Pop club. Again, I’m one busy student, and I love it!

With that being said, join a club! Or start one! When you come to MiraCosta, you can start a club by visiting the Student Center Help Desk, which is the counter top right outside of the International Office.

 

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