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

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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.

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!