Saving up the money

Hi guys,

Let’s talk about the budget of your studying.

I’m going to give you some tips to save up your money, as you prepare your trip to the United States.

The first and probably the easiest way to earn money are by scholarships. Fortunately for you, MiraCosta College offers a lot of scholarships which are available every semester. However, the best part of it is that it is very easy to apply for it.

* Have to mention that scholarship available for currently enrolled students only.

The second way to reduce your expenses is by getting a job on campus.

  • I was personally lucky to get two jobs on campus. My first was to be blogger for the international student’s office and the second one was to work at the library at the circulation desk.

* The application process and job I will describe in my next blog.

The other following tips might help you to cover a few of your expenses.

  • The “Textbook Loan Program” can help you to get one free book per semester which can be huge money saving. (One book can be more than $300.)
  • Renting books instead of buying them. You can try to rent your books from “amazon”, “chegg” or even the bookstore at MiraCosta College.
  • Another tips for books would be to check at the beginning of the semester, the book your teacher is asking you to buy and check at the library if they have it on reserve so you can borrow them for their and save money.
  • As international student you are offered to use the college insurance. However, it is just an offer but not an obligation to purchase this insurance.  You can research options for health insurance to meet your need.

See you soon.



Library and Information Hub

Good morning future students!! Today I will be writing about building 1200 or in other words Library and Information Hub and services they provide. So, let’s talk about services this building provides on daily base.

The most popular and helpful service you as international student can find in the library is the Writing Center that can help you with papers assigned in your classes.

Another helpful service is Math Learning Center which is helping the students all the time if they struggle with Math of any level.

Some other services that might be helpful for you are:

  • Hundreds of computers in your full usage with any possible application installed on. Printing, photocopying, and scanning equipment (this is important!).
  • Friendly librarians that are more that welcome to help you to find any book, text material, and many other sources of information. This is really helpful at the end of the semester.
  • And last one but not least, library can help you SAVE UP some money on your course’s text materials. For example, if your instructor tells you to get a particular book that cost more than $100 you can check out an instructor’s copy of this book in the library for 2 hours of usage (sometimes even for few days). This time should be enough for you to scan it, do your homework.

So, feel free to ask me about anything in the library as I’m one of the employee of library building.



How to travel from Los Angeles to Oceanside

Hey there, this time I will be writing about your planning the first steps in the USA. Most convenient way to get the Oceanside is to arrive directly to San Diego airport, but there are not so many international companies that provide air travel to San Diego, so I will describe how to get from Los Angeles International Airport to Oceanside.   I hope this post will really help you to plan your first trip to the USA.

Actually, the transfer from LAX to Oceanside takes a few steps:

– getting from LAX to Union Station

– taking the train from LA to Oceanside, and the final

– getting to your new home

The first step: after you have passed the security line and got your luggage at the airport you will need to get to Union Station. There are few different ways to do it: taking one of the buses, or taking a taxi cab. This is absolutely up to you which way you get the Union Station, I personally had chosen to get there by bus. The company I used is FlyAway  and it cost me about $8 (taxi might cost about $60).

The second step: After you manage to get to Union Station you will choose which company to use to get the Oceanside. The are two main trains companies that travel to Oceanside: Amtrak and Metrolink. Which one to choose depend on the date and time you arrive to Union Station from LAX. One of those company does not provide the services during the weekends. The trip itself takes about 2.5 hours to get Oceanside, be patient.

The final step: After you arrived to Oceanside Transit Center you need to get your new home. I strongly recommend you to plan this step in advance, if you do not want to spend the night in a motel!!!   Normally, if you had arranged everything in advance the host family would pick you up from the train station, otherwise you need to take a taxi cab to get home.



Sedar from Turkmenistan

Hi there, my name is Serdar and I’m from Turkmenistan (Republic of the former Soviet Union), but you can call me Sam as it will be easier to communicate. This is my second year at MiraCosta College with Business Administration major. After graduating the college I plan to transfer to CSU which stands for California State University in San Marcos. If somebody has any kind of questions regarding the college feel free to write to me. If you have a language barrier in communication I also speak Russian language.


Привет всем, меня зовут Сердар и я из Туркменистана ( Pеспублика бывшего  Советского Cоюза), удобства ради можете звать мена Сэм. Это мой второй год обучения в колледже МираКоста, учусь по специальности Бизнес Администрирования. После окончания колледжа планирую переводится в Калифорнийский Государственный Университет в Сан-Маркос. Если у вас есть какие либо воросы относительно колледжа не стесняйтесь писать мне. Как вы уже поняли я владею Русским языком.

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