What does a major in Dance look like? -Lee-

“5, 6, 7, 8!”   “From the top!”   “One more time!”

These are just some common phrases you will hear when taking any dance class. But as a dance major, it’s all you will ever hear. What does a major in dance here at Miracosta look like? Let me tell you!   I am a dance major, and know the ins and outs of majoring in dance. It requires 2 years worth of classes at full-time capacity. First you start with foundational classes, which is Ballet. Then you continue on with technique classes, which are Jazz and Modern. Then you get to choose from a whole selection of dance electives to satisfy 9 units towards the degree. Examples of these electives are Hip Hop, Tap, Ensemble, and Ballroom.

What’s really great is that the dance department also offers a certificate for Dance Instruction. It’s the same thing, but involves in taking just two more classes, Choreography and Pedagogy, offered every alternating Spring. Then of course, you have classes for your General Education requirements. Math, English Composition, Science, Social Studies, etc.

But don’t just take it from me. I will also be interviewing one of our many amazing dancers for what’s required as a degree in Associate’s in Arts: Dance. Meet Micaela, dance major and UC Irvine Dance Transferee! AKA Min!  AKA, my friend, fellow dance classmate. Here is what majoring in dance is like in her words:


LA- When did you start attending Miracosta?

MS- Gosh, when was it? Two years ago, fall of 2016.

LA- How were classes like?

MS- Like dance classes or in general?

LA- In general…

MS- Classes were really good. The course work isn’t that bad. LOL

LA- Haha that’s funny, but true. What was your typical schedule like?

MS- It was full-time and many of those classes were dance classes. I squeezed in general education classes to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree.  Every semester I had at least one online class.

LA- Oohh, cool! What’s online classes like in one word? Go!

MS- Easy. At least for me. Ha ha.

LA- Would you recommend online classes for international students, and why?

MS- No. Online classes take a whole different level of dedication with time, because unlike regular classes, you don’t go physically. Instead, you sign in through whatever website the teacher uses. Everything is electronic with online classes and they kind be very tough for some people.

LA- Thank you so much for your time! Good luck at UC Irvine!

~End of interview~

There you have it! Dance as a major is one of the easier majors, but required classes will depend solely upon your major, and whether you are going to be transferring to either a University of California, California State University, or other 4 year universities. If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to me! Til next time!


My Class of This Spring Semester (Continue) – by Miku

In my previous blog, I talked about my current classes.

Today, I will show you the style of some of these classes. Because before I take classes, I research about professors a lot using Rate My Professor, all of our professors are really nice. I strongly recommend to use this site!

Economic 101 (Professor Frederica Carr)

  1. 10 REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS…For each class topic, we have to complete one assignment. Because this is more difficult than exams, you will spend much time to complete. You have to answer some questions and problems. However, if you understand all the questions, I bet you will get good grade on your tests. (50 points)
  2. 10 OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT…There are a total of 10 Optional Assignments (worth 5 points each) and 15 online quizzes. This totals 25 assignments.  I can choose to complete 10 of them, whatever ones I want. (50 points)
  3. GROUP PROJECT…There are many kinds of topics related to economic. You need to choose one topic with your group members. You have to complete a four-part paper and do a presentation in the class. Paper is worth 80 points and the presentation is worth 20 points. (100 points)
  4. 6 TESTS…We have six in-class tests. The questions are many types; multiple choice, problems, making a graph, and essays. As I mentioned above, if you understand you assignments, you will get good grade on the tests. Also, only the best four tests will be counted towards your grade. Each tests are worth 50 points. (200 points)
  5. FINAL EXAM…There are two separate parts. The first part will be comprehensive and will only count for 6 points. The second part will be similar to 6 tests. This part of the final exam will be semi comprehensive. The second part of the final exam counts for 94 points. (100 points)
  6. EXTRA CREDIT…There are some extra credit opportunities. To get these, the important thing is attending class.

Business 140  (Professor Lou Milstein)

  1. ESSAYS…Each essays are worth 50 points. We have nine choices of topics. You can choose your topic. It is required to research the topic and cite three resources and go to writing center. If you meet these condition, you might get full points. Professor does not accept any late submission. (150 points)
  2. EXAMS…We have four exams and each worth 100 points. One week before the tests, the professor gives us a study guide. If you study the study guide hard, you will get a good grade. All questions are essay style. It includes definition of the words, examples, and so on. We do not have final exam. Instead of that, if you miss one of the exams or you want to retake one exams, you can take these on the final week. (400 points)

Stream Festival – by Miku

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.09.20 AMOn April 15, from 1-4 pm at MiraCosta Oceanside campus, we had a Service Learning & Volunteer Center STREAM FESTIVAL!!

Stream festival is a free event for the K-8th grade community. STREAM stands for science, technology, reading/writing, engineering, arts, and math.

That was really big event. So many kids came and everyone looked enjoying a lot!

Also, the students also enjoyed this great event!


Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.19.25 AMMany departments joined this event. This is the Club IT in the CSIT department, which stands for Computer Studies and Information Technology.

They shows students how to create electronic circuits with Raspberry PI computers, breadboards, and electronic components. Also kids could learn how to program circuits to turn LED lights on and off using Scratch programming.

Even though this is for kids, I was also really interested in this projects.


Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.31.57 AMI also participated this festival as a member of Chinese 102 class.

We introduced many kinds of Chinese festival wearing Chinese traditional clothes. We made a flyer for explanation of their celebration, provided them Chinese green tea, treats, and sticker.

I think that understanding other culture is really good for children to be an international person. They asked us so many questions about China. I was really surprised and glad at their inquisitive minds. I really enjoyed this event!

My Classes of This Spring Semester – by Miku


Today, I will introduce about my current classes.
This is my class schedule.
This is my last semester in Mira Costa college. In this semester, I am taking 5 classes which worth 17 units, so I am really busy. Every week, I have some tests and presentations. But I like studying, so I am enjoying my busy life.


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Economic 101  Professor Frederica Carr. This class is about Principle of Economic; Macro. It is one of the general education options, and required for most business majors. The teacher is really good, her teaching is easy to understand. Also, in that class, even though we do 6 tests, but we can drop 2 lowest score’s tests. Also, she gives me to attendance points, so if we do not absent, we can get really good grade.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.29.40 AMChinese 102  Professor Aubrey Kuan Roderick. In last semester, I was taking Chinese 101. This is the second level of Chinese class. Because the professor of the last semester was so good, so I keep taking her class. For American students, this class is kind of hard because the character is complex. But I am a Japanese, we sometimes share same characters, so this class is easy. If you are Japanese, I strongly recommend to take this class with this professor. Now, we can do easy conversation in Chinese. Because my major is international business, this class will be really helpful in my future.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.44.51 AMBusiness 135  Professor Sean Smith. The name of this class is “Personal Seller.” This is late start class, so we have only 8 weeks. Because of that, the speed is really fast, we have one or two quiz every week. If we listen carefully the lecture, the test is fine. The all contents is in the class. Also, the professor is really nice, we will use what we learn in the real business world. This is late start class, so if you feel the semester is easy and want to add some class, I recommend to take this class.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.39.22 AMBusiness 140  Professor Lou Milstein. The name of this class is “Legal Environment of Business.” We learn business law. Because I am an international student, this class is so hard. There are so many special terms of law. When I study for this class, I need so much space to search words and example of precedents. The professor is really funny though, his talking speed is fast, so it is actually so hard listening. Also, the exams are all essay form. We have to memorize so many things. I think this class is hardest one in this semester.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.49.44 AMEnglish  201  Professor Jason Crum. This is “Critical Thinking” class. In this class, even though we do not need to write so many essays, we have to read a lot of writings, books, and criticisms. Because we international students read slower than native students, the homework are kind a lot for us. But, the writings he choose is interesting and fun to read, so if you like reading books, this class is good for you. In every class, we have group discussion, so there is a good place to practice our speaking. The professor is nice, and he is easy grader. If you participate every classes and do your assignments, I think you will have a good grade.

New Semester Begins!

Spring semester 2017 is now beginning!

I hope every MiraCosta student is going well.  In the beginning of the semester, some students look so busy because of choosing their classes. Especially new students, because they are just learning how to make their plan and take classes.

International students have to take more than 12 units in one semester to keep their student visa. However, each classes just accept only limited number of students. So if you try to add classes just before the semester begin, you could not add classes you want.  To avoid such a situation, I recommend that you should add your classes before a break or at least one month before the beginning of the semester.

This is my current class schedule. I am taking five classes and it worths 17 units. BUS135 is the half of the online class.



How do we make our plan and take classes?

See my previous blog…Use Counseling Service in International Office! – by Miku

Can we take online class?

If you drop some classes and become under 12 unit, what do we do?

We can drop classes with no “Withdrew” in your transcript and add classes around ten days after the first day of the semester. If you feel a class is so hard for you, you can drop and add another class. You will find the specific day of the deadline in academic calendar of MiraCosta HP.

How to find late start classes?

For international students, it is hard to add classes late and get good grade because other classmate have already start learning and you should study that part by yourself.

To solve this problem, late start classes are good for you! In MiraCosta, some classes are started in two~three weeks or more late.

1, Log in your SURF, in academics area, you will click “Search”.

2, Click “Additional Search Criteria” to specify more detail.

3, Locate your cursor “Start Date”, choose a day and “greater than”, “greater than or equal”, or anything you want to know.




4, You can see the list of the late started classes! If there are classes which you have interest, just click “select” bottom to add a class.

Use this great search system to success in MiraCosta!!!




My Classes of This Semester


Today, I will introduce my current classes.

In this semester, I am taking four classes equal to 13 units; CHNS 101, CSIT 125, CSIT 128, and SOC 101. This is full-time classes and typical schedule for me.

SOC 101

Sociology 101

This class is Tuesday & Thursday 7:30-8:45, and the instructor is Mr. Brian L Harris. This is the most basic sociology class, so I am learning a bunch of topics like social structure, culture, norms, and so on. The picture is my notebook for exams.

The instructor is really good! His lecture is easy to understand and the class is so fun. The tests are kind of hard, but he gives us some extra credit opportunity and a lot of attendance points.

CHNS 101

Chinese 101

This class is Monday & Wednesday 17:00-19:20, and the instructor is Ms. Aubrey Kuan Roderick. I am learning the most basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation in this class. Because I am Japanese, I already knew a lot of Chinese characters, so I have an advantage to learn Chinese. The pronunciation is so hard though.

The instructor is also a counselor of international office in MiraCosta College. So when I have a question, I always go to the office and can ask her. She answers very kindly.

Her lecture is really fun. For American students, Chinese characters are completely new thing. So she thinks out a method or a way to teach characters.  This is my favorite class in this semester. I strongly recommend to take this class!

CSIT 128

Computer Science and Info Technology 128

This class is Tuesday 19:00-21:45, and the instructor is Mr. Timothy McLean.

This is a Microsoft Excel for business class. I am learning what I am able to do in excel.

I have never used Excel soft, so it is kind of hard. But his lecture is so slow and care all of students. Thereby I can understand even though I am not good at computers.

CSIT 125

Computer Science and Info Technology 125

This class is online class, and the instructor is Ms. Debra Savble-Thornbrugh.  This is Microsoft Word for business class. I am learning how to use Word.

As I mentioned above, my computer skill is really low. I have used Word, but I just write sentences and save it on computer.  Now, I have been learning two month. And I can create the newsletter like the picture. This is my Midterm project.

Even though this is online class, but the instructor gives us the video of lecture, so I have never feel inconvenience.

Online class is always harder than in-class class, but if I study hard, I will get good grade.