Applying to Temple University Japan Campus – by Miku

Hello! The semester is going over soon!

This is my last semester and I got admission of Temple University Japan Campus. This is a state-related-public doctoral university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. However, they also have Japan campus. Even though there is in Japan, all lectures are English and we can get American degree. American students are 40%, Japanese students are 40%, and 20% of students are from many other countries.

For applying transfer, we need to prepare some documents. In my case, I submitted two documents and paid applying fee.

1, Official Transcript… I went career center and got my official transcript. It shows my academic record, such as which class I took and what grade I got.

2, Personal Statement Essay… This is a chance for applicants to introduce ourselves. It should be 250-400 words in length. I wrote about my club activities and volunteer experiences.



My Class of This Spring Semester (Continue) – by Miku

In my previous blog, I talked about my current classes.

Today, I will show you the style of some of these classes. Because before I take classes, I research about professors a lot using Rate My Professor, all of our professors are really nice. I strongly recommend to use this site!

Economic 101 (Professor Frederica Carr)

  1. 10 REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS…For each class topic, we have to complete one assignment. Because this is more difficult than exams, you will spend much time to complete. You have to answer some questions and problems. However, if you understand all the questions, I bet you will get good grade on your tests. (50 points)
  2. 10 OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT…There are a total of 10 Optional Assignments (worth 5 points each) and 15 online quizzes. This totals 25 assignments.  I can choose to complete 10 of them, whatever ones I want. (50 points)
  3. GROUP PROJECT…There are many kinds of topics related to economic. You need to choose one topic with your group members. You have to complete a four-part paper and do a presentation in the class. Paper is worth 80 points and the presentation is worth 20 points. (100 points)
  4. 6 TESTS…We have six in-class tests. The questions are many types; multiple choice, problems, making a graph, and essays. As I mentioned above, if you understand you assignments, you will get good grade on the tests. Also, only the best four tests will be counted towards your grade. Each tests are worth 50 points. (200 points)
  5. FINAL EXAM…There are two separate parts. The first part will be comprehensive and will only count for 6 points. The second part will be similar to 6 tests. This part of the final exam will be semi comprehensive. The second part of the final exam counts for 94 points. (100 points)
  6. EXTRA CREDIT…There are some extra credit opportunities. To get these, the important thing is attending class.

Business 140  (Professor Lou Milstein)

  1. ESSAYS…Each essays are worth 50 points. We have nine choices of topics. You can choose your topic. It is required to research the topic and cite three resources and go to writing center. If you meet these condition, you might get full points. Professor does not accept any late submission. (150 points)
  2. EXAMS…We have four exams and each worth 100 points. One week before the tests, the professor gives us a study guide. If you study the study guide hard, you will get a good grade. All questions are essay style. It includes definition of the words, examples, and so on. We do not have final exam. Instead of that, if you miss one of the exams or you want to retake one exams, you can take these on the final week. (400 points)

Stream Festival – by Miku

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.09.20 AMOn April 15, from 1-4 pm at MiraCosta Oceanside campus, we had a Service Learning & Volunteer Center STREAM FESTIVAL!!

Stream festival is a free event for the K-8th grade community. STREAM stands for science, technology, reading/writing, engineering, arts, and math.

That was really big event. So many kids came and everyone looked enjoying a lot!

Also, the students also enjoyed this great event!


Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.19.25 AMMany departments joined this event. This is the Club IT in the CSIT department, which stands for Computer Studies and Information Technology.

They shows students how to create electronic circuits with Raspberry PI computers, breadboards, and electronic components. Also kids could learn how to program circuits to turn LED lights on and off using Scratch programming.

Even though this is for kids, I was also really interested in this projects.


Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.31.57 AMI also participated this festival as a member of Chinese 102 class.

We introduced many kinds of Chinese festival wearing Chinese traditional clothes. We made a flyer for explanation of their celebration, provided them Chinese green tea, treats, and sticker.

I think that understanding other culture is really good for children to be an international person. They asked us so many questions about China. I was really surprised and glad at their inquisitive minds. I really enjoyed this event!

International Office Staff

The International Office at MiraCosta College has three great staff to help international students.

Today, I will introduce them.

Sayaka Neal (Secretary)

She is from Japan. She has a master degree from San Diego States University as applied linguistics major.  She has been working as this position in MiraCosta international office since 2003. Also, she is an advisor of the Japanese club.

A lot of students, not only Japanese but also many international students count on her. She always helps us kindly even if it is not about study. Now, she is taking a Spanish class, so we can expect that she will help Spanish speaking students more than now.


Aubrey Kuan Roderick (Student Services Coordinator)

She is from China. She has a master degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a student services coordinator of the international office, and also she works as a Chinese class professor. Her class is really fun and easy to understand!

There are many Chinese students in MiraCosta, they often come to her office and talk about all of their concern. She is always kindly and friendly for us.


Mia Scavone (Coordinator) 

She is from the United States. She is a coordinator of the international office. She has a master degree from University of Michigan. She goes to many countries to recruit new international students. And also, if you are interested in applying MiraCosta and send email, she will receive it. So, every new students will contact to her and she will correspond kindly and friendly. Because she is an only native English speaker, all of international students count on her.


Japanese Spring Festival

On March 30, we had a Japanese Spring Festival at MiraCosta Oceanside campus!

In Japan, spring is a really special season. Because the winter of Japan is so long and cold, we wait for the arrival of spring seriously. That is why, in many parts of Japan, we celebrate it as a festival called “Matsuri”   The Japanese Club at MiraCosta planned the activities on campus.  It was so fun for the club and the rest of the campus!

12:00-1:00… Taiko (Japanese traditional musical instrument) and Japanese jazz performance

1:00-3:00… Japanese cultural activities

During that event, we have some Japanese foods, such as chicken teriyaki bowl, and some Japanese treats, such as this picture, green tea cupcakes. Especially this cupcakes look so beautiful and there is the symbol of Japan; cherry blossoms on the top. Everyone enjoyed it with tastes and their eyes.

These are the pictures of cultural activities. We had Hukuwarai (making-face game), balloon catch, gold fish catch, calligraphy, and ring toss. A lot of children came to the event and everyone enjoyed these activities. That was really good opportunity to know Japanese culture.


My Classes of This Spring Semester – by Miku


Today, I will introduce about my current classes.
This is my class schedule.
This is my last semester in Mira Costa college. In this semester, I am taking 5 classes which worth 17 units, so I am really busy. Every week, I have some tests and presentations. But I like studying, so I am enjoying my busy life.


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Economic 101  Professor Frederica Carr. This class is about Principle of Economic; Macro. It is one of the general education options, and required for most business majors. The teacher is really good, her teaching is easy to understand. Also, in that class, even though we do 6 tests, but we can drop 2 lowest score’s tests. Also, she gives me to attendance points, so if we do not absent, we can get really good grade.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.29.40 AMChinese 102  Professor Aubrey Kuan Roderick. In last semester, I was taking Chinese 101. This is the second level of Chinese class. Because the professor of the last semester was so good, so I keep taking her class. For American students, this class is kind of hard because the character is complex. But I am a Japanese, we sometimes share same characters, so this class is easy. If you are Japanese, I strongly recommend to take this class with this professor. Now, we can do easy conversation in Chinese. Because my major is international business, this class will be really helpful in my future.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.44.51 AMBusiness 135  Professor Sean Smith. The name of this class is “Personal Seller.” This is late start class, so we have only 8 weeks. Because of that, the speed is really fast, we have one or two quiz every week. If we listen carefully the lecture, the test is fine. The all contents is in the class. Also, the professor is really nice, we will use what we learn in the real business world. This is late start class, so if you feel the semester is easy and want to add some class, I recommend to take this class.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.39.22 AMBusiness 140  Professor Lou Milstein. The name of this class is “Legal Environment of Business.” We learn business law. Because I am an international student, this class is so hard. There are so many special terms of law. When I study for this class, I need so much space to search words and example of precedents. The professor is really funny though, his talking speed is fast, so it is actually so hard listening. Also, the exams are all essay form. We have to memorize so many things. I think this class is hardest one in this semester.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.49.44 AMEnglish  201  Professor Jason Crum. This is “Critical Thinking” class. In this class, even though we do not need to write so many essays, we have to read a lot of writings, books, and criticisms. Because we international students read slower than native students, the homework are kind a lot for us. But, the writings he choose is interesting and fun to read, so if you like reading books, this class is good for you. In every class, we have group discussion, so there is a good place to practice our speaking. The professor is nice, and he is easy grader. If you participate every classes and do your assignments, I think you will have a good grade.

New Semester Begins!

Spring semester 2017 is now beginning!

I hope every MiraCosta student is going well.  In the beginning of the semester, some students look so busy because of choosing their classes. Especially new students, because they are just learning how to make their plan and take classes.

International students have to take more than 12 units in one semester to keep their student visa. However, each classes just accept only limited number of students. So if you try to add classes just before the semester begin, you could not add classes you want.  To avoid such a situation, I recommend that you should add your classes before a break or at least one month before the beginning of the semester.

This is my current class schedule. I am taking five classes and it worths 17 units. BUS135 is the half of the online class.



How do we make our plan and take classes?

See my previous blog…Use Counseling Service in International Office! – by Miku

Can we take online class?

If you drop some classes and become under 12 unit, what do we do?

We can drop classes with no “Withdrew” in your transcript and add classes around ten days after the first day of the semester. If you feel a class is so hard for you, you can drop and add another class. You will find the specific day of the deadline in academic calendar of MiraCosta HP.

How to find late start classes?

For international students, it is hard to add classes late and get good grade because other classmate have already start learning and you should study that part by yourself.

To solve this problem, late start classes are good for you! In MiraCosta, some classes are started in two~three weeks or more late.

1, Log in your SURF, in academics area, you will click “Search”.

2, Click “Additional Search Criteria” to specify more detail.

3, Locate your cursor “Start Date”, choose a day and “greater than”, “greater than or equal”, or anything you want to know.




4, You can see the list of the late started classes! If there are classes which you have interest, just click “select” bottom to add a class.

Use this great search system to success in MiraCosta!!!