インターナショナルオフィスのカウンセリングサービス

12月16日の秋学期終了まであとわずかとなってきました。そろそろ次の学期に向けてクラスを選び始めなければいけない時期です。日本の大学と違い、アメリカの大学では自分の取るクラスを完全に自分で選ばなければなりません。たとえ専攻が同じでも、それぞれの学生が、それぞれに違うクラススケジュールをくみます。自分の好きなクラスを取ることが出来る良いシステムなのですが、学位を得る為に必要なクラスを全て自分の責任で調べて取らなければいけないので、大変でもあります。学位に必要のないクラスをたくさん取ってしまうと、お金と時間を無駄にすることにもなりかねないからです。このような事態を防ぐ為に、私たち留学生はどうすればいいでしょうか?

ミラコスタカレッジのインターナショナルオフィスには、二人のアカデミックカウンセラーがいます。私たち留学生は、クラススケジュールを組むために、そのカウンセリングサービスを無料で受けることが出来ます^^

一人目のカウンセラーはKhrystyn Pamintuan先生です。

彼女自身、コミュニティカレッジから大学へ編入した経験を持っています。その当時の経験から、編入に関してたくさんの知識を持っています!

 

 

 

 

 

二人目のカウンセラーはJose Orrantia先生です。

彼はインターナショナルオフィスのカウンセラーだけでなく、トランスファーセンター(編入に関する相談専用の施設)のカウンセラーを何年も務めています。編入のスペシャリストといっても過言ではないでしょう!

ミラコスタに通うたくさんの留学生が彼らを頼りにしていますので、予約を取るのが難しいです。カウンセリングを受けたかったら、出来るだけ早く予約を取ることをお勧めします。自分の目標に直線距離で到達できるように、このシステムを有効活用しましょう!

 

Miku

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Use Counseling Service in International Office!

This fall semester will end on December 16.   It means that we need to choose the classes for next semester.  Did you know that in the U.S. each student has to choose their own classes??  Yes, that is right.  Each student a different schedule.  It is fun to choose classes because I can think about what I like to do. But I have to complete all the requirements or I will waste my time and money.  To prevent to choose wrong classes, what do we international students have to do?

In International Office in MiraCosta college, there are two academic counselors.  We can use this counseling service for free.

First counselor is Ms. Khrystyn Pamintuan.

She has her own experience which attended a community college and transferred to an university. Because she also think about her future at that time, she knows a lot of things about transferring!

 

 

 

Second counselor is Mr. Jose Orrantia. He is not only an international office counselor but also have been working as a transfer center’s counselor for many years. So he is a specialist about university transferring!

Because a lot of international students count on them, I recommend you to book as soon as possible.  To achieve your goal smoothly, use this great service!

 

 

 

Miku

How to prepare yourself for your first semester or year as a student in the US

Very Important Material, Make sure to read every thing.

The Time to Live Your Dream Is now, Start By Applying To MiraCosta College and Let Us Make those Dreams Happen.

New students must come on time to attend orientation. This is mandatory for new students. We have pictures of International Student, New Student Orientation on Instagram

One good advice I can give to everyone coming to school in the US for their first time is to come at least two weeks before school starts. The US government allows you to come to the US up to one month before your school starts.   There is a reason why they do that;

When you come in the US as an international student (F-1), one of the first thing you need to do is to go to your school international student office and let them know that you are now in the country. You will need to give them a copy of your I-94 and maybe some other documents. but it is very important that you go to meet them as soon as you get in the country.

1.  You need to get use to the environment. That is the different climate, and a different way of life.

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  •  Drive, Bus or train You need to figure out how to get around and to make sure where you will live is witting reasonable distance from the school. Most of the time you will need to get the bus or drive

Image result for a confused baby2.  The International Office can help you with your academic adjustment. I am very sure they will tell you something you did not know or they will at least help you get set up with your classes.

3.   knew little or nothing about the process. The US college system of education is very different from other countries. (On more information about the difference between the US educational system and other countries, make sure to follow up with my next blog).

 

Image result for picture of people meeting with counselorsWhen you come in one month before school, you have the opportunity to meet with

  • a counselor, that can help you set you your classes and help you pick the best classes and professor ( hint: all the professor at MiraCosta College are really good at least the once that I have taking a class with) the question is do you like math in the morning or in the evening, do you prefer a male or a female professor. When you come early, the staff in the international office will help you pick the classes you want (need) at the time you want with the professor you want. Again read my next blog for more information.


The Time to Start Your Application Process is Now.

Augustina

How To Prepare for a New Semester

Getting ready for a new semester, is something that most students talk about but they actually don’t do it or take it serious.  We sometimes say ohh I need to get ready for my next semester,

Or for someone like me I will probably say I am not ready for the next semester (LoL😊). In order to get ready for a new semester, you need to know the classes you want to do ahead of time, if you don’t know them, then try to meet with a  counselor to help you. Every student needs to make a full Educational Plan, that will show all the classes you need to take until you graduate. This plan can be changed but it is a good idea to have one so you know what clases you are going to take a head of time. It will also help you to be more prepare for every semester. For more information about counseling please read my previous blogs or some of the blogs written by my other collegues.

If you are a new student, make sure to attend the new student orientation.The new student orientation this year was fabulous. There was so much food, and a lot of fun things. Below is a picture of one of the international peer leader, her name is Scarlet, and she is from Honduras, she speaks Spanish and English. The photo on the left is a picture of some of the new students that attended orientation and had the great opportuinty to meet with other new students and make new friends from all over the world. For more information, make sure to read my next blog about orientation.

Augustina

Things I wish I Knew Before Coming To College

  • Pick Your Class on time

Sample schedule for spring 2016.  I like taking classes in the morning 🙂

Yes yes, for those who did not know you have to pick out your own schedule, it is not as hard or easy as it sounds. When I came to the US I did not know that. I thought I was just going to walk into an accounting class for freshmen, you know???? But no!! I was wrong. You know the US is a free country and one that was build on freedom. Therefore college is in the same spirit. You pick which class you want to take and when you want to take it and most of the time with which professor you want to take it. If you fail to do that on time you will be on what most people call crash list. A crash list is not good for you, so to avoid it make sure to register on time.

  • Meet with a counselor.

Most students come to college think they know what and which class they have to take because their brother or their mom or their friends told them so. The bad new is 78% of college students don’t graduate after two years as they were supposed to because they took a class they don’t need; therefore wasting money. Or most of the time they have not taking a class they need and unfortunately they can not graduate. In other to avoid all this mess, and save yourself money and time, MEET WITH A COUNSELOR. MiraCosta College for instance has counselor available on campus every business day. They will help you out at no cost. they will map out a clear and most of the time perfect plan for you to save yourself money and graduate on time. Believe me I am talking out of experience. There are some classes you have to take but you think you don’t. For instance I have to take political science even thou I am an Accounting major.

 Augustina