Midterms by Alex

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Hafidha’s favorite study corner in the MiraCosta Oceanside library

Midterm tests can be stressful. Last week I finished my midterm tests for all my classes and I feel confident about them. As an experienced student, let me give you recommendations on how to prepare:

  • Always go to classes, its a lot easier to learn with someone who understands the course telling you whats important, and also allows you to ask questions. Some students don’t realize the difference of attending and not attending the classes. SO what do you do in class? —  listen, and take notes.  While everyone knows that taking notes is important, let me tell you a little secret, the more notes you take the less you have to read the text book.
  • So in that case why do you need a textbook, well sometimes you do not, but that is very rare. The value of a textbook is directly tied to the type of teacher some use lectures to add to the book, while some use the book to add to the lectures. figuring out what type of teacher you have is also important.
  • One personal tip for understanding teachers is look at quizzes or sample tests to figure out how they ask questions. Some teachers ask what date something took place while others might ask what took place on that date, by pinpointing what they will ask will let you determine what is important.
  • Last step is not to worry.  The more worried you are means they less prepared you are and you will have the tendency to make small mistakes that will add up. Doing bad on the midterm isn’t the end, most of the time, you still have the later half of the class and the final to catch back up and learn from your mistakes.
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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!

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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!

 

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Last Week – by Miku

Hello! The final weeks are coming. I hope everyone ready for their exams.

I will transfer to Temple University Japan Campus and leave the United States soon. Before I leave, I have many things to do.

1, Selling My Car… I need to find a buyer for my car. To do that, I put advertisement on my Facebook page and some advertisement page such as Autotrader and Craig’s List. My house owner helps me a lot not to fraud. I hope I will find good buyer soon!

2, Close My Bank… Now, I have Chase bank account and it has some money. Before I leave, I need to transfer my money to my Japanese bank account and close it.

3, Say Goodbye to My Friends… I have a lot of friends in the United States, but after I go back to my country, I will not be able to hung out with them like now. Many of my friends plan my farewell parties. Not to regret, even though I am busy for studying for final, I will join these parties. I hope they will come to Japan to visit me someday.

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4, Quit My Climbing Gym Membership… Now I am a member of Vital Climbing Gym in Oceanside. I need to quit it and also say goodbye to my climbing friends.Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.57.59 AM

5, Pack My Baggage and Clean My Room… I need to pack my baggage and clean my room. Originally, I also need to find new person for my housemate and my house owner, but they said I do not need to do it. Instead of that, I will clean my room perfectly.

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Of course, I miss my Japanese families and friends, but I am really sad to leave the United States. My two-year American life will end. I got precious experiences in MiraCosta. I hope I will visit California soon.

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International Office Staff – by Miku

The International Office at MiraCosta College has three great staff.

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 MCC Japanese club.

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, she wants to help Spanish speaking students as well.

 

Aubrey Kuan Roderick (Student Services Coordinator)

She is from Taiwan. 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 concerns. She is always kindly and friendly to 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.

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