How do I choose my major?

Hello everyone!


When I decided I wanted to study at MiraCosta, I knew I would be studying Graphic Design.  Since I was little, I always liked to draw, to go museums and art shows. Then one day I started drawing on my computer with Photoshop and it became a passion! I decided I wanted it to be my dream job.


To start applying college and  be a student in the U.S you have to choose a major.

What is a major?

A major is a discipline that you study as a focus area.  It becomes the name on your college degree.  The United States has a lot of different majors!  You can have a major like Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Dance, Business, History, Art, or Recording Arts.  Check HERE all the major available at MiraCosta.

How do I choose my major?

Choose a discipline that you like, something that you are interested in. It could be a passion, a a topic related to a dream job.

If you are not sure of your major, no panic! You can change your major at anytime!  At MiraCosta, you can meet with professional career counselors and academic counselors to help you choose your major.   The Career Center as many resources to explore the perfect major for you.  

Amandine

How to success in MiraCosta College

Hi, how are you guys doing? I believe everyone comes to College for a reason. But why MiraCosta College? Because MiraCosta college can make your goals come true. If you want to be successful, either get an AA education or transfer to 4 year university, then MiraCosta is the right place for you.

Counseling center is here to help!!

When you come to MiraCosta, maybe you have a plan in your mind. If you don’t have, don’t worry. You can always ask for help from our professional counselors. The Counseling Center offers personal counseling to assist every student in developing academic goals and major. Also it is very convenient. For general question, you can just drop in, there is no need to make appointment. If you have academic problems, you can make an appointment. If your schedule is very tight, you can use the online live support. Looking for more information, just visit our counseling website.

 

Tutoring center is here to help!!

Sometimes, you are confused about academic questions. Except asking for help to your professor, you can always go to tutoring center and get help for FREE. The tutoring center is available for 130 courses, the schedule is from Monday to Friday, through day and evening hours. Just make an appointment with the tutoring center and choose your tutor, you can get free help. How exciting is it! MiraCosta also offers online tutoring, so you can get help in everywhere. Looking for more information, check the tutoring center website.

Career center is here to help!!

When you are clear about your goal, you may want to find a job to support your tuition or get some working experience. MiraCosta always offers a lot of job opportunities to students! You can find on-campus job, Internship, or off campus work through Optional Practical Training.  Just make an appointment with one of the excellent staff in career center, they will help you find the right job for you. Also they will help you with resume and cover letter. They want every student to be successful in career. Looking for more information and event, check our career center website.

With all these professional and perfect resources from MiraCosta College, you can be successful in study and career area. You are not alone when you study abroad, there are many excellent staff to help you and make your dream come true!! Come to MiraCosta College, let us help you!

Xiaochen

Realize your Dreams at the Transfer Center

I highly recommend counseling service at Transfer Center. With help from university transfer experts, you can be able to chose class that fit in your education and career plan. You will feel way much easier to chase your dream in here. Furthermore, for preventing unnecessary class selecting and time wasting, counselor can guide you step by step to your dream school.

*MiraCosta boasts one of the highest combined UC-CSU transfer rates in the state. 

 

At MiraCosta Transfer Center, you can have these services:

Counseling Appointments

Three full-time counselors are available by appointment to assist you with your transfer needs including an educational plan to guide you in course selection. Drop-in counseling is available throughout each week for quick questions.

University Representatives

Admission representatives from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) visit the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses each semester.

Admission Application Workshops

The Transfer Center offers application workshops in the fall to assist students in completing UC and CSU applications.

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs

Guaranteed admission programs are available to UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.

Honors Scholar Program

Students participating in the Honors Scholar Program will receive counseling from Transfer Center Counselors.

Computer workstations

Computer workstations are available for student use.

Cross-Enrollment Programs

Allows students to cross enroll for one course each semester at a CSU or each quarter at a UC campus without official admittance to the university.

College Fair

Every spring and fall many 4-year universities are represented at MiraCosta by their departments and admission representatives.

Specialized Workshops

Throughout the year presentations are held providing information on graduate programs, majors, and private school programs.

如何充分利用学校的资源 (Utilize School Resources)

大家好,今天我想给大家分享一些校园里的对我们的学习和生活都有很大帮助的资源。

当我刚在Miracosta开始我们的美国大学生活时,我很吃惊学校竟然会想的这么周到,很多方面学校都提供免费的帮助或资源。

首先来看看学校食堂吧:

食堂里有各种冷饮热饮,有每天不重样的健康午饭套餐,有现做的汉堡,有沙拉,酸奶,布丁,鸡肉卷寿司等等。也有很多同学不仅仅是来吃饭,有很多会坐在一起在食堂学习。

Miracosta 的图书馆也很赞:

1.一楼二楼都有台式电脑和打印机供我们使用。

2.如果我们想找一些具体的书 文章或者资料,可以向图书馆管理员求助。我试过几次她们真的很热心效率也高,在她们的帮助下基本上几分钟我就可以找到我想要的资料。

3.在图书馆里我最喜欢的部门是writing center和tutor。writing center可以帮助大家从文章结构,逻辑,语法,用词等进行改进。每次需要提前预约,尤其是临近期中和期末考试的时候。每次writting center 的帮助时间只有30mins,所以一次是不能帮助我们完全改好正篇文章的。假如说,你写好了一篇初稿。你第一次的预约可以是,修改文章整体的逻辑,连贯性。第二次预约可以是,精挑期中一段来改写引用项目,句子结构。第三次的预约可以来改写文章的语法。

Tutor 也是一个全能的小帮手,图书馆左手边的tutor涵盖了学校几乎所有的学科。只要哪一科有所学不懂的问题,和我们一样的学生tutor (学霸们)会来帮助我们解决各项疑难杂症。

Career Center

对于还没决定自己要修什么专业的,对自己的未来事业迷茫的同学以及想要在校内工作的同学是个必去的地方。预约面谈和她们聊聊你的困惑,她们总会给出专业的建议和意见。想要在校内找份工作的同学,程序有一点麻烦要填很多表格和去申请社会安全码,但是如果着手去办无论是国际生办公室的老师还是Career Center的老师都会耐心热情的给予帮助的。

Transfer center:

专业的辅导员会帮助我们实现各种cal/uc  州立大学和加州大学 不同的转学路线。因为美国学校的要求不同,我们必须完成相应的学科才能转学,过程可谓是非常复杂。有了transfer center 的帮助,我们可以清晰的知道自己未来几年的学术路线以及转学风向。

BTW:我们国际学生可以直接在international office 预约辅导员来帮助我们。

Police Station:

丢了东西?性骚扰?感觉不安全?车没电了?

除了学习以外的时间,请来miracosta 的警察局。热心又不收费的人民好警察!

最后祝大家学业有成!

How to utilize school resources

Hi everyone, today I am going to discover what study or life resources we have on campus is helpful for us and free!!!

When you arrive United States and start your study abroad life in MiraCosta college, you may be surprised how thoughtful our school is and how much free resources or helper is opening their arm to us and waiting for offer help. Let’s take a look together!

  • Cafeteria: I have to say we maybe have the top 3 nice cafeteria in United States, we have different healthy yummy meals everyday and all kinds of bakery, lot of types of drinks. We’ve got sushi too! anyway Cafeteria is one of my favorite place in campus!

  • Library: There are so many books and scholarly resources, most important: super friendly and enthusiastic librarians. Once I was asked from my homework to find some materials that I don’t know much, when I was getting so nervous because I do not know how to find it and the due date is coming soon, I went to library. With librarian’s help, I got what I need within 20 minutes, isn’t it impressive?! Not only books, in the first floor of library we also have writing center and tutor program, which as you can image is really really helpful for our study. In college, almost all of us need to take English for couple of semesters so that in case to make sure we can do good in English, Writing center is absolutely good place to go. They are patient and literal!  So far we have tutors for math, Spanish, Chinese..etc, almost every main majors.

  • Career Center: Strongly recommend!! There is a big possibility you need it. If you are having questions about future career or have not decide what major you are going to do, or you want to find a job inside campus, Career Center is the perfect place to go!

Those are all I can think up now, if you are new student in MiraCosta, utilizing those resources may give you big help!

Annie

What should we do when we haven’t decided our major

At my first semester, I had problem with choosing major. I want to major in something that will get me a nice job, is interesting to study, and enjoyable to work in, but I don’t know what that is for me. As an international student, I have more clear study goals and time limit compare with local students, so me and my parents were worrying about my major “issue” in last past few months. Fortunately I have an goal now with Career Center and school website’s help.

When you feel lost on the way of deciding major, please feel free use resources in our school, that is their job and they are waiting for help us  anytime! If you do not know what kinds of job you can get after graduate and got the degree from the major you are interested in, you can go to career center make an appointment with specialists their and they’ll help your explore jobs. If you are really into something and want to major in it, but you do not know what major we have relatives with it, you could also go to our school website’s certificates page to find out what majors we have in MiraCosta.

Annie

Working on campus

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I last posted, but end of the semester, holidays, and the beginning of a new semester took its toll on me. 🙂 Nevertheless, I want to talk to you guys about employment on campus. What? You didn’t know it was possible? Oh yes, it is!!

To be a student worker on campus you must qualify.  In your first semester, you must provide a successful midterm report to the International Office in order to request on-campus employment. If you have already completed your first semester, just stop by at the International Office and request a letter to show you are ready to work as an international student.  You bring the letter to the Career Center to learn which campus departements are hiring.

Student workers are allowed to work no more than 19hrs / week during school session, and no more than 40hrs/week on school breaks. You must maintain your F-1 status and a valid I-20.

I started working on-campus during my second semester, and [un]fortunately this will be my last one since I’m graduating in May. The International Office was searching for bloggers, and I had an interview with the director and woot woot!! I got the job! 🙂 Since then I have had the chance to interact with faculty and staff, and my networking started to develop. I ended up applying for a second job on campus, still at the International Office, as a student worker helping with administrative processes and helping international students with documentation, walking them to where their classes are, and so on. Working on campus has given me a great insight on how school is behind all the books and classes. I’ve had a chance to see how all the processes work from the moment a student apply to the moment he/she arrives on campus for their orientation day, and I have to tell you it is an amazing feeling to help them step by step during the process. It’s rewarding!

I truly recommend on-campus employment to all my friends, and to all of you perspective students as well! It’s a great opportunity to learn work ethics in the United States, an even greater opportunity for networking (trust me, this is extremely important for your career), and it’s also a good way to make that extra money.

I hope I shed some light in this process. If you’re more interested, or if you would like to ask me some questions, feel free to drop me a line!

Mari