Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day 2018-by Lee

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Save the date, as it is an important date for women and female-identifying people around the world!

And the theme is:

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Why is this important? Simply put, women around the world do not get the same things as men. Women have always had to fight harder for equality and equity, and in the this day and time when things are getting shaken up, it’s important for women to band together, now, to achieve things like equal pay, equal treatment, etc. Women have always been treated as less than the man, and this day, is one of many ways to “bite back” at the way we’ve been mistreated, disrespected, downplayed and ignored.

This is a day to show that we run the world. That without us, man is nothing. That without us, there would be no cooked food on the proverbial table. That without us, man would not be nursed back to full health. That without us, we would not, so to speak, procreate, and give birth to children.

Keep posted for updates on this international, world-wide event, and I will continue to post updates on how you can take part if you wish!


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.

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

What students pay for housing – By Lee

When deciding upon coming to Miracosta College (or anywhere else for that matter), a question to ask is how much can you expect to pay while living here in Southern California. Well, I have made it really easy for you, by interviewing several different students about how much they pay rent, what kind of accomodations they live in, and what features they get with their rent. They have all opted to stay anonymous, but they are all current Fall 2017 students.

Student #1:

I pay $400 for rent for my own room (master) in Hidden Cove Apartments, in Escondido, CA. I split it evenly with 5 other people. I also share my bathroom with someone else. With $400 I get gated community, a parking space, heated pool, maintenance, and in-apartment gym.


Student #2:

I pay $200, but I live with family in a house, in Vista, CA So I share with everyone, and get all other housing expenses for free.

Student #3:

I pay $400 for a couch in an apartent in Shadowridge Summerwind Apartments in Vista, CA. I share the apartment with one other person. I get everything included with my rent.


Student #4:

I currently live with my parents, because even though I tried to live on my own, it was just too expensive. I had paid $700 in rent, split it with one other person, in downtown San Diego. Add to that the expenses of food, gas, utilites, and other stuff, it was just too expensive.  Sidenote: San Diego is expensive so be aware of the amount needed to stay here, even it’s just for 6 months.


Student #5:

I pay $250, but I live with my mom to help out. I live in a house here in Oceanside, with my own bathroom. The only thing I do not get with the rent is laundry expenses.

Student #6

I pay $700 to live with a host family which includes food and utilities. I found the family when a friend moved out and I went to visit the house.  When I first arrived to MiraCosta I stayed with a host family.  I didn’t like sharing a bathroom, but the family was very nice and took me to many places in San Diego.  I think it is good to start with a host family because you will learn more about the local area faster.

To find a host family you can apply with Homestay Services International.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices, but the average is $600 in the Northern San Diego county area (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas) to share a room and apartment. So, with all that being said, this is why it is necessary for you to put aside so much money before coming here, because it is really expensive. BUT, it is worth it once you do arrive. There is a reason why it’s expensive here, especially in Southern California, and it’s because everyone in the nation and the world wants to live here (Hint: it’s got something to do with Hollywood — and the great weather).

International Student Fair

Today, a lot California State Universities were here in MiraCosta Cafeteria to answer International Student questions. A lot a good informations were given.

Here’s a list of the CSU that came


Here a photo of the CSU representants and some of our students.


Sunset Market with Fuji city

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned before, Fuji City is one of sister cities of Oceanside.  In the beginning of September, they went here again to join the Oceanside Sunset Market.  I worked as a volunteer with them.

(The article of their first visit is here)

Sunset market is located in downtown Oceanside and opened every Thursday evening.  It is really good event.  There are a lot of kinds of street stalls such as food and clothes.  In that time, they joined it for handing out Japanese green tea and some special products of Fuji city for free.

Because this year is 25th anniversary of friendship of Oceanside and Fuji City.

Fuji city booth

This is Fuji city booth.Fuji city has a lot of trees because it is located the foot of Mt. Fuji.

So they are known as making paper^^


Some Japanese Mira Costa students helped them as volunteers. They costumed 茶娘(Cha-musume) which is a girl who work in a tea plantation.

Almost all Japanese people love green tea.

But it has a unique taste.

So American people drank it with great interest.



Fuji City – Our Sister City

Fuji City from Japan is one of sister cities of Oceanside.  In August, people from Fuji city came to Oceanside in two times!  I worked as a volunteer and help their activities.

First visit was the beginning of August. Junior high school and high school students came and see the City of Oceanside.

They joined ‘College for Kids’ which is trial classes program by Mira Costa College for 6-17 years old. There were art, cooking, and science class. It was so hard for them to communicate to American students, but finally, they got a lot of American friends!


They also joined Mira Costa ELI (English Language Institute) class.

The teacher did really fun lecture, so they enjoyed a lot!

They took a picture with Oceanside mayor

Fuji city students met Oceanside mayor!

He guided them in his office.

He was really sweet, friendly, and kindly person^^