Continuing on Why MiraCosta College is a great college option

Hello, everyone. I have talked about why I think MiraCosta College is one of the best options for students to start their college education. This time, I am going to share with you why do current students decide to study at MiraCosta.

Last year, the school did a poster survey around campus starting a poster with the statement:  “I WENT TO MIRACOSTA COLLEGE BECAUSE…” Many students participated by completing this sentence. Here were some of the most popular answers:

  • Tuition is very affortable
  • Beautiful views and nice San Diego weathers
  • Lots of Financial-Aid programs
  • Easy to be admitted
  • Friendly professors and Free Tutors
  • Lots of things to do around the campus/Good location

A Business major classmate who was born in China gave me a good example of why students chose to fly overseas and study at MiraCosta College. He says “When I was in China, I studied at an agency called The New East, and they offered me many options for American Colleges. Among all the schools, MiraCosta College has the best rate and reputation.” He tells me that on the website of North American International Students’ News, he reads about the ranking of the top community colleges in the United States. “At first, my parents didn’t like the idea of me going to a community college. But after I showed them that MiraCosta College is the top 10th college in California, and it has admission guarantee programs to UC schools, they were both very happy with my decision.”He says to me proudly.

Mary

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Why is MiraCosta College a good choice?

I cannot believe how fast school goes.  This coming week is going to the midterm for many MiraCosta students.  At the same time, it is also the important period of the year to apply for admission to 4-year universities. If you who are deciding which U.S. college to attend, please do continue reading this blog. Based on my personal experience as an applicant and a student, I highly recommend MiraCosta College as your stepping stone to achieve academic success.

This blog is open to all of you who are considering starting a college education in California, and I am not going to advertise MiraCosta college because I go there, but because I think choosing MiraCosta can be one of the smartest choices you would make in your life! These are the reasons I choose to attend MiraCosta College:

  • MiraCosta College is at beautiful Oceanside, CA; this means that I get to enjoy the nice weather and amazing ocean views all year long.  Besides, I don’t need to carry my heavy winter clothes oversea because the winter in California is so warm and cozy. Most of the times, I wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans in November and maybe add on a thin jacket in December.
  • MiraCosta College is very affordable, and provides the same classes as the 4-year universities.   To compare costs, I pay around $3800 each semester including the health insurance cost and tuition fees. International students at a California State University pay about $8,000 per semester. So you see, I save more than $10,000 each year.
  • MiraCosta College provides multiple transfer plans which covers the general education courses for many popular colleges such as  CSU(California State University), and many UC (University of California) schools like UCB , UCLA, UCI , UCSD , and many other local colleges as well. I am currently preparing my university applications to all four of the UC schools that I motioned, and I am guaranteed to be admitted by UCI because of the TAG offered at MiraCosta College. I am excited to hear the responses in spring 2015.
  • MiraCosta College has free tutor programs and personal counselors to help you step by step through your academic studying. I have met with the math, English, and accounting tutors many times, and they all are very helpful in preparing me for tests and writing assignments. The most important thing is, it is FREE!
  • I arrived to MiraCosta with a TOEFL score of 95. But if you need to improve your English, you can attend ELI (English Language Institute) at MiraCosta College and you Don’t need a TOEFL score for MiraCosta College’s admission.

I hope these information are helpful for your decision making, and I am looking forward to hear from you.

 

Mary

The Welcome Party

Hello! It has been almost a month since school started, and I am sure many of you are still trying to catch up with classes; don’t worry, I won’t accuse you for submitting assignments at the last moment or being last to courses because you want to sleep just a little tiny more in the morning. In fact, I am here to share some fun that you might miss– the Welcome Party that was held on Friday the 12th on campus. This event was organized by the International Office and Peer Leaders, and sponsored by the Associated Student Government, who all worked very hard to ensure that the party went well, and it really did!

It was a bright afternoon with nice breezes outside the pavilion. A huge number of 105 international students joined us for the celebration, which was a new record compared to the last couple years. There was lot of energy in the air. Not only did we introduce each of ourselves to others, we also experienced the combination of different cultures mixed together at once. With welcoming posters, lovely musics, delicious hamburgers and hotdogs, and of course, super exciting games and the hard works of our International peer leaders and ASG representatives, everyone seemed to have a positive feedback for the experience at the party.

One of my favorite parts of the Welcome Party was the game section. We had many native speakers and some professors participated in the games along with the International groups, therefore, it was a lot of fun to see how everyone was trying to be competitive and at the same time being polite to each other to show respects. The rising action, or what I call the “warm up”, was when we played the Musical Chair. Players asked to stand in front of the chairs that were set up to be one less than the number of total participants; and as the music started, players would have to go around the chairs with dance movements or poses. As the music suddenly stopped, the players go as fast as they could to grab the chair closet to them.  Whoever didn’t get a seat had to walk away with a sad face. With less or no intention of caring about their own appearances, people in the game were pushing or dragging each other off the seats to ensure that they can get to the next round, and some of them would stop at the seats that they were passing by for couple seconds as if the music stopped in the next moment, so they can hold on to their spots. Here are some pictures during the Musical Chair.

Mary

OPT Process

Hi everyone,

This is my last post before I walk to the graduation ceremony, and it’s breaking my heart to say goodbye to MiraCosta. Before I go I want to talk a little bit about Optional Practical Training (OPT). Since I am graduating today, I’m allowed to work in the country on my field of study (psychology) for a year before I transfer to a four-year university. I already sent my documents to USCIS and now I’m waiting for my OPT card in the mail so I can start looking for work. During this process, I reached out to a MiraCosta alumni, Javier, who went through the OPT process and now is a student at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). I asked him a couple questions about how did the pick CSUSM and his OPT process. Here’s what he had to share with us:

Why did you choose CSUSM?

I chose CSUSM because it is the closest university from where I currently live, Oceanside. Since I’m staying with some family members, the proximity of the campus helps me reduce some of the room/board and transportation costs.


During the application process for CSUSM, what did you find to be the most challenging?

The application process was fairly easy. I just followed the instructions that the admissions recruiter at San Marcos sent me and once I get the application started on CSUMentor, the steps were straightforward. What took the longest time, in my case, was requesting the transcripts from an university I had previously attended in my country, Nicaragua.

Can you describe how did you feel once you received your acceptance letter for CSUSM?

I felt relieved and eager that I had been accepted there to continue studying in the U.S. In my case, I was first notified of my acceptance through email and the following week, I received the letter with some orientation information.

How did you like MiraCosta and how difficult/easy it was for you to leave MiraCosta?

I enjoyed my time at MiraCosta. Not only did I grow academically, but personally as well. I made great connections, many friends, I was part of some of the clubs (Honors Program, Soccer Club) and every of these activities was a learning experience for me. At first, I thought that transitioning to a 4-year university was going to be more overwhelming, but since San Marcos is a small campus, the adaptation was not really difficult. I felt sad to leave MiraCosta since I studied there for three years, but at the same time, I felt eager and determined to keep advancing my education at a 4-year university.

During the OPT process, what did you find to be the most challenging part? Was it easy to find a job?

OPT was not really challenging. With the guidance of the International office at MiraCosta, I was able to follow the instructions exactly so I did not leave out any important steps. Since I had previously enrolled at a Co-Op internship class prior to graduating, finding a job was easy since that same company offered me a position as soon as my OPT started.

Tell me about the job you did on OPT?  What did you learn from the experience?

In the 2 companies I worked at during my OPT, I was a junior web developer responsible for maintaining the companies’ website and mobile applications. The Computer Science classes I took at MiraCosta were an excellent foundation for me to keep learning other technologies. During my OPT, not only did I improve the programming skills I had developed at MiraCosta, but I also learned many others. However, what I took away from such experiences were not just related to my major; I learned and developed some workplace competencies such as professionalism, work ethics, team-work, time-management skills, etc..

How do classes at CSUSM compare to MiraCosta classes?

Most of the classrooms at CSU San Marcos are small, comfortable, and with a capacity of no more than 45 students. Similar to MiraCosta, when classes are not big, students have a greater chance of communicating with their instructors and receive individual feedback from them. Also, most of them are smart classrooms (with technological equipments: computers, projectors, audio system, etc..) just like some classrooms at MiraCosta. As far as the classes go, instructors are always welcoming and willing to walk that extra mile with students so they can succeed in the class. CSU San Marcos also has a educational portal called CougarCourses (similar to MiraCosta’s Blackboard) where professors post their lectures, notes, homework assignments, and tests so students have all that information available.

Based on your experience, what would have you done differently that could have made your OPT / CSUSM application smoother?

I’m not really sure. With the help from the International office, the OPT application was easy. The trick is following the instructions carefully and apply to OPT early, even before a few weeks before the deadline. Same with CSU San Marcos: following the steps at CSU Mentor and communicating with the university admissions counselor helped my application tremendously.

What is your advice for someone who’s graduating from MiraCosta and applying for OPT?

When applying to OPT, my best advice would be planning ahead. OPT is an amazing opportunity to gain experience in your field of study and improving your resume, and the application should be taken seriously. Always gather the necessary documents early and do not leave things for the last minute. Communicate with the International office; they’ll be happy to help with you with your application. Also, when looking for a job, apply to as many companies as you can so your options of having interviews increase. OPT says that if the student has 90 days unemployed since the first day till the last day of OPT, his/her authorization to work will be cancelled. So, applying to different companies may help the student to get a job early.

So, this is it guys. I hope Javier can give you more insight about life after MiraCosta and what to expect. I’m going to experience that myself in a couple hours from now, and hopefully one day I can come back as a guest and share my experiences with you all.

Now, time to head home and get ready for graduation!

 

Mari

What to do after you have been admitted by a Four-Year College/University

I will start this blog by announcing my good news: I applied to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCI, and UCSD last winter and I just found out I was admitted to ALL of them!! (I couldn’t do it without MiraCosta~) Next, I am going to talk about what steps are required after you have received your admission letter from a four-year institution.

  1. Notice your current school and your family about such good news!
  2. Accept your admission at the school you are going to transfer to. For factors about how to choose your future four-year college, please view my earlier blog: Steps to transfer to a four-year university.
  3. Plan your Graduation Ceremony at MiraCosta. For more information, contact the Student Activity Office by April. (760-795-6690)
  4. Order your official transcript, and/or IGETC Certification, and/or American Institution Requirement Certification from Admission and Records before the school deadlines.
  5. Follow specific instructions announced or emailed by your newly admitted college, such as register for a student ID account, complete SIR form, request transfer for your SEVIS from MiraCosta to your future college, apply for housing, and so on.
  6. Meet with a counsoler at MiraCosta to ensure your current educational plan satisfy all requirements necessary for a successful transfer and/or an Associate Degree or Certificate of Proficiency.
  7. Make sure you constantly visit and update your transfer application for your next college/university, and I highly recommend that you make a checklist and write down the deadlines and events associated with the transfer process.
  8. Communicate with whoever is sponsoring your college tuition about additional financial documents/ funding evidence the four-year college may request to present.
  9. Based on your budget for the next two years, select the most economical/affordable options for your housing, meal plan, classes, insurance, transportation, and/or job opportunities in the future.
  10. Planning your travel and stay for school visits, welcome party, orientations, group/private tours, traveling during your summer break, or earlier arrivals at your future college/university.
  11. Don’t need to feel stressed or anxious about this process because Every Single Transfer Student goes through the same steps, not to mention those who are overseas! Just make sure you are doing what you have been told to do by your future college/university and enjoy your summer!

 

Mary

Disney, Here We GO!!

Hi !!! Thank you guys so much for viewing my blog, and I will try my best to share more fun and helpful information about studying abroad at MiraCosta College. During Spring break, I am sure many of you have traveled to many places, and so did our International Club !! Here are some group pictures before we headed to Disneyland.

To view more pictures of our Disneyland trip~please visit our facebook website and “LIKE” us: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalStudentExperience

Mary

申请四年制大学的步骤

亲们,你们好!我最开始来到MiraCosta的时候,就定下了转入加州大学洛杉矶分校和加州大学伯克利分校的目标。当然,能够帮助学生成功进入理想的大学也是社区大学的优势之一。所以我今天就简单的介绍一下转入四年制大学的基本步骤。

1.锁定目标                

在做任何准备之前,我认为对你想要上的四年制大学有一个大体的定位是非常有帮助的。你可以参考以下的因素:

1.位置

对于你未来的学校,环境优美或者学术气息浓重都会使紧张的学习生活有所缓冲。当然,如果你是个party animal,建议你选择周围有相对多的娱乐设施的校区。我一般会强烈建议大家去亲身感受以下学校的实际氛围然后再下结论。我就在暑假期间去了UCLA和UCSD的校区,感觉真的和听别人说的不一样。(对于平常没有时间的同学,可以在春假或者法定节假日的时候结伴去哦,不但人少而且还可以提前在学校官方网站上预约campus tour。)


2.学费 

在你开始梦想着上哈佛或加州大学洛杉矶分校,也许你应该更好地了解一下你的预算。你大学后两年的学费是自付还是父母帮忙付呢?你有申请Financial-aid吗?那么高大上的奖学金呢?不同的学校,他们的学费有可能会相差很多。再加上如果你是一个国际学生,很可能你还要支付22.878美元的nonresidence fee 。所以,在你做最后的决定之前,核对你的预算



3.主修科目

我建议大家根据自己专修的科目来选择四年制大学,尤其是看对方在针对你所学的领域是否有较高的名誉或者项目。例如,美国加州州立大学就向他们的学生提供了有关商务,会计,生物,护理等的学习项目。在选择学校的时候,请核实对方有你所学的专业,并且会提供有助于你的专业知识的program。

2. 符合与辅导员  

  

当你决定你感兴趣的学校,我强烈强烈强烈建议大家在transfer center和我们的consoler提前预约。如果你是一个国际生,其实在International Office 和在校的辅导员预约面谈也是可以的。根据你的学期目标,辅导员将做出具体的学习计划从而确保你能够在转校之前完成所有的要求科目。登录到Assist.org  你便可以找到更多关于你正在考虑的学校的转学科目要求。

3.实行学期计划

 

与辅导员谈妥后,请务必遵守分配给你的Educational Plan 并且提前注册你学要修的科目。MiraCosta学院在每个学期结束之前就会为学生提供新学期的上课时间表。因此,我强烈建议大家未雨绸缪,在时间表出来之后大体上确定自己下个学期的课程安排并在注册时间开放后第一时间完成注册。(如果不确定要上哪个教授的课,可以咨询在校的同学,辅导员,或者登录RateMyProfessor.com ) Ps:确保与辅导员检查每学期的进度哦!

4.准备你的申请 

 

根据你要申请的学校,我建议大家提前确定其对外开放和关闭网上/书面申请的具体日期。举例来说,UC学院开放网上投递申请程序的时间使11月1日,并在十一月底结束其对于来年秋季转学生的申请。此外,许多学校都有在线系统。 除了邮寄给这些高校自己的信息外,学生可以在网上直接上传和更近个人信息。MiraCosta专门对学生提供了针对UC 和CSU 学校的Transfer Workshop以便帮助学生完成申请界面和个人简介。更重要的是,确保你在填写这些申请信息的之前和之后都与辅导员进行交流。  

5.提交和更新   

在正确填写了申请材料之后,请不要一直拖到最后才提交。请注意,根据你申请的学校,最后的截止期限可能会有所不同。 

6.祝你交好运哦! 

 Mary