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).

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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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Alex from the U.S.

Hi, my name is Alex and I have been a student at Mira Costa College for 3 semesters. My major is engineering mostly due to being better at doing math than other subjects. My current goal is to finish all of my general classes required to earn an Associates Art degree before transferring. My hobbies include biking, cooking, and video games. Since coming to Mira Costa I’ve managed to join a club and make more friends than I thought I would.

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Nhi from Vietnam

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Hello everyone!

My name is Nhi Tran,  people call me “Nee”. I am from Hue, Vietnam where originally delicious Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle) comes from. I have been in California since December 2014, and started school at Miracosta College in the beginning of 2015. Besides school, I love playing basketball, listening to music, and singing. I enjoy living in California because I am in love with the weather and the diversity here. People come from a lot of countries all over the world bringing their own cultures and languages to make California diverse. Living in a new country teaches me how to live well independently, how to take care of myself, how to be organized on things and how to make friends. I hope I will have a wonderful time and be successful in the United States!

Xin chào các bạn!

Mình là Thu Nhi. Mình đến từ thành phố Huế, Việt Nam, nơi nổi tiếng với sự thơ mộng, yên bình với các món ăn ngon như cơm hến và bún bò Huế. Mình đến California vào tháng 12 năm 2014. Bắt dầu là một du học sinh Mỹ, mình nhập học tại truờng Cao Đẳng MiraCosta đầu năm 2015. Ngoài giờ học, mình thuờng chơi bóng rổ, nghe nhạc, và hát. Mình rất thích cuộc suống ở California, bởi thời tiết và khí hậu dễ chịu, cũng như sự thân thiện và tốt bụng của con nguời nơi đây. Ngoài dân bản xứ, nguời ở đây nhập cư từ mọi miền trên thế giới đồng thời mang theo ngôn ngữ và nền văn hoá riêng của họ góp phần làm cho tiểu bang này đa dạng trên nhiều phuơng diện. Sống trên một đất nuớc hoàn toàn mới rèn luyện cho mình bản năng sống độc lập, biết làm thế nào để sống tốt, học và làm việc khoa học, kết bạn và có thêm nhiều bạn mới. Mình hy vọng mình sẽ có một thời gian tuyệt vời ở đây, đặc biệt là thành công trên con đuờng học tập và làm việc của mình tại Mỹ!

 

Lee from U.S.

My name is Lee  and welcome to my blog! I am a third year student here at MiraCosta College with a lot to say.

LeeI am 26 years old as of this posting, but will turn 27 this upcoming November. I am originally from the state of Florida, but moved to the state of California in February 2012. I started attending MiraCosta College in August of 2015. I am double majoring in both Dance and Sociology. My goal is to graduate in Spring of 2019 with an Associate’s degree in Dance and in Sociology, and then transfer to either University of California Los Angeles, or University of California, Irvine for a concentration in both Latin Ballroom, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

I am also very active on campus! I am part of my school’s student governing body, the Associated Student Government of Miracosta, as well as President and Co-Founder of the K-Pop Club. I also am president of a group that represents a specific group of students at the California state level of legislation.

I do all of this while also taking 14 units (which is equal to about 5 classes) AND working! Just call me “busy”! For fun, I like to read, sleep, play video games, and go shopping. My favorite color is purple, even though you will always see me wearing black, and I love Beyoncé!

If you would like to know more about me, please feel free to send me a message, or leave a comment!