MiraCosta has ways to help students who are struggling outside of school. These services include the food panty and health service. The health center offers student medical check ups and mental health counseling. College is the time where many students either become adults or are still getting used to being adults. At that stage in life someone new to being an adult might not understand the benefits of affordable health counseling. This applies for international students, students who are living with parents, and students facing hard times. Medical prices are much higher then they would expect so having the medical help on campus is great!
The food pantry helps in a similar way, while the food pantry is for students who can’t afford food, if a has forgotten their wallet, or just needs something fast. The pantry is based on donations and includes water battles ramen and canned food so also feel free to donate to help someone else out. Service Learning gets students involved in the community so you can learn more about social services.
The Health Services program is supported by student health fees. Most health and medical services are provided without charge. Mental health counseling is free for current students and gives you 50 minute sessions once a week for six weeks. When a student needs medical treatment or medicine, Health Services can help you find a doctor.
All medical and counseling records are confidential
MiraCosta Community College (MCC) is known for its diversity with students coming from a lot of countries with different backgrounds in the world. Today we will meet Seunghoon Lee, one of the amazing South Korean students at MCC
Please briefly introduce yourself
Hi my name is Seunghoon Lee and I am an international student from South Korea. I am majoring in computer science and planning to transfer to UC this year. This spring 2018 is my fourth and last semester in MCC.
안녕하세요 저는 한국에서 유학 온 이승훈입니다. 저는 현재 컴퓨터 사이언스를 전공하고 있으며 올해 UC로 편입할 계획입니다. 이번 2018 가을학기가 MCC에서는 제 마지막 학기입니다.
What made you choose MiraCosta College (MCC)?
One of my Korean friends recommended MCC. He spoke highly of the courses as well as talented faculties in MCC. I searched the school on the Internet and I was able to find good reviews about MCC. Thus, I chose to attend here.
제 친구 중 한명이 MCC를 추천해줬습니다. 친구말로는 MCC교수분들이 매우 유능하시고 수업 또한 좋다고 했습니다. 저 또한 인터넷으로 MCC를 검색해보고 좋은 평이 많길래 여기를 다니기로 했습니다.
What would be the most difficulty you have had while studying in the US?
I believe most international students have some distress due to the language barrier. I also underwent those struggles. When I had to write essays or read text, I often got stuck due to the words or terms that I did not know in English, then, I had to look it up through the dictionary and this took up a quite amount of time and effort.
제 생각으론 유학생 대부분이 언어장벽 때문에 스트레스 받을 것 같습니다. 저 또한 그런 힘든 점이 있었습니다. 에세이를 써야 하거나 자료들을 읽을 때, 모르는 단어 때문에 자주 막히곤 했습니다. 그럴 때마다 사전을 찾아가며 해야 했는데 이게 시간을 꽤 잡아먹었습니다.
Have you ever studied anywhere else besides the US?
No, I graduated Anyang Foreign Language High School in Korea. Until then, I lived in Korea.
아니요. 전 안양외고를 졸업할 때까지 한국에서 살았습니다.
How did you learn English and prepare for studying abroad?
Luckily, I graduated from a specialized school and we had benefits learning other foreign languages. Among them, English was my favorite. Although it is uncommon in US, in Korea, most students attend private academies called “Hak-won”. I also attended Hak-won throughout my school years to enhance my English skills.
운이 좋게도, 저는 외고를 졸업해서 외국어를 배우는데 이점이 있었습니다. 외국어들 중에서도 영어를 가장 좋아했습니다. 미국에선 흔하지않은 일이지만, 한국에선 대부분의 학생들이 학원을 다닙니다. 저 또한 학창시절동안 학원을 다니며 영어공부를 했습니다.
What is your most favorite place at MCC?
My favorite place in MCC is probably the Math Learning Center (MLC). As a computer science major, I especially had to take a lot of math courses and some of them were high division courses. MLC staffs and the tutors were extremely helpful and thanks to them, I was able to complete my math requirements without difficulties. Surprisingly, I am currently working at MLC as a student tutor and helping students who needs help with the courses that I took. For me, helping other students is a very rewarding job. Also at MLC, I made a lot of new friends who share similar worries and thoughts.
제가 MCC에서 가장 좋아하는 장소는 MLC입니다. 컴퓨터 사이언스 전공자로써, 수학과목을 특히나 많이 들어야 했는데 그 중에는 어려운 수업도 있었습니다. MLC 직원분들과 튜터분들이 정말 도움이 많이 되어 주셨고 덕분에 수학과목들을 무사히 마칠 수 있었습니다. 놀랍게도 저도 지금 MLC에서 학생튜터로 일하며 제가 들었던 수업을 듣는 학생들을 도와주고 있습니다. 저에게는 학생을 가르치는 일이 매우 보람찬 일입니다. 또한 MLC에서 전 비슷한 고민과 생각을 가진 많은 새로운 친구들을 사귈 수 있었습니다.
Please tell us three things you like about MCC
Three things I like about MCC :
1. It has competent faculty members. Most of the professors I met in MCC were very helpful and enthusiastic. They lead us to get to the next level. (I also heard from my friends who transferred to UC that you will have no problem adapting to UC if you are from MCC. )
MCC는 유능한 교수님들이 많습니다. 제가 만난 대부분의 교수님들은 매우 열정적이셨고 도움이 많이 되었습니다. 덕분에 다음단계 수업으로 가는데 어려움이 없었습니다. (MCC에서 UC로 편입한 제 친구도 UC에 적응하는데 어려움이 없었다고 합니다.)
2. It provides sufficient academic help that students can benefit from. There are STEM center if you need help with science, MLC for math and Writing Center if you need someone to review or check your work on the essay.
학생들이 학문적으로 많은 도움을 받을 수 있게 해줍니다. 과학과목에 도움이 필요하시면 STEM 센터가 있고, 수학의경우에는 MLC가 있으며 에세이첨삭이 필요하시면 Writing Center가 있습니다.
3. The counselors are always there for you. Since most students attend MCC in order to transfer to UC or CSU, the advice from the counselors are essential. On my first year in MCC, counselor and I set the academic plans that included the classes I needed to take in the next 3 semesters. Also last year, I attended UC workshop and a counselor who was from the Transfer Center helped me apply.
학교의 카운슬러분들이 도움이 많이 됩니다. MCC에 다니는 대부분의 학생들이 UC나 CSU로 편입하려고 하실 텐데, 카운슬러들의 조언은 꽤나 도움이 됩니다. MCC에서의 제 첫 학기 때, 카운슬러분이 제 학업계획을 세우는데 많은 도움을 주었습니다. 또한 작년에 UC 워크샵에 참석해서 편입 지원하는데 상당부분 도움을 받았습니다.
How long have you attended MCC and what is your goal? Do you have a school that you want to attend?
I have attended MCC starting from Fall 2016, so now is my second year in here. My future goal is to become a competent and helpful programmer who develops app that can make our lives more enjoyable. To achieve my goal, I first need to transfer to UC. I applied to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD and UCI. Hopefully, I will be attending one of these schools by this fall.
저는 MCC를 2016 가을학기부터 다니기 시작하여 현재 2년째입니다. 제 미래 목표는 유능한 프로그래머가 되어서 사람들의 삶을 더 만족시킬 앱을 개발하는 것입니다. 그러기 위해선 먼저 UC로 편입해야 하는데 바라건대 올해말에 UC학교에 편입해서 다닐 수 있었으면 좋겠습니다.
What is a piece of advice you have for new students? I am sure that you will enjoy attending MCC. International students! Don’t be afraid to make new friends. Especially if you feel lonely or homesick, those friends will help you feel much better.
여러분들이 MCC다니는걸 즐길 것이라 믿습니다. 새로운 친구들을 사귀는 것을 두려워하지 마세요. 특히 외롭거나 한국 생각날 때, 그 친구들이 위로가 될 것입니다.
As a South Korean international student, what are the three interesting things about your country you would want us to know?
As a South Korean international student, I would recommend you to have some interest in listening to K-POP. Also, as far as I know, there is a K-POP club in MCC. Join them! Besides listening to famous K-POP singers like BTS, I recommend listening to other unknown but talented musicians.
I have noticed Korean barbecue is famous among Americans and they seem to like it. However, in Korea, fried chicken is as popular as Korean barbecue. There are numerous flavors and styles of fried chicken. I have traveled in a quite many countries, but I never found fried chicken that is better than Korea. So, I strongly recommend you to try both in Korea.
Lastly, do you know where the 2018 winter Olympics is being held? It is in Korea! Pyeongchang Winter Olympics just began! I hope you give interest in Korea as well as the Olympics it self.
한국유학생으로써, 저는 한국 케이팝에 관심을 가져보라고 권해드리고 싶습니다. 제가 아는한 MCC에도 케이팝 동아리가 있는데 한번 가입해보세요! BTS같은 유명한 케이팝가수도 좋지만 덜 알려졌지만 재능 있는 뮤지션들도 한번 관심 가져보세요.
여기와서 제가 느끼건 한국바베큐가 미국에서 인기가 많던데, 한국에서는 치킨도 매우 인기가 많습니다. 한국에선 매우 다양한 맛과 방법으로 만든 치킨이 있습니다. 제가 꽤 많은 나라들을 여행해봤지만 한국보다 맛있는 치킨을 만드는 나라는 없었습니다. 그러니 한국에 와서 한국바베큐와 치킨을 먹어보는 걸 강력히 추천해드립니다.
마지막으로, 2018년 동계올림픽이 어디서 개최되는지 아시나요? 한국의 평창에서 개최됩니다! 이번기회에 올림픽 뿐 아니라 한국에도 관심을 갖게 되었으면 좋겠습니다.
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.
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
Conduct interviews prior to the Coffee Chat Series
Help on some international events related to MiraCosta College and its English Language Institute
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
Following are the interviews conducted for the Coffee Chat Series:
For more information of working on campus, check out Mari’s blog
‘Conversation with Faculty’ is one of the Coffee Chat Series sponsored by MiraCosta International Office where all of MiraCosta international students are welcome to join and have great converstions with MiraCosta leaders. We are open for all of the appropriate questions and topics, especially ones contributing to your success.
This time we are having Dr. Pohlert, the Director of Tutoring and Academic Support Center at MiraCosta College. Free coffee and tea and some suprising treat will be provided. Come join us on Tuesday, 10/17/2017 from 10:00-11:00 am at Cafeteria at the table with a lot of colorful flags from a lot of countries all over the world.
Prior interview for the ‘Conversation with Faculty’ getting to know Dr.
The International Office at MiraCosta College has three great staff to help international students.
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 Japanese club.
A lot of students, 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, so we can expect that she will help Spanish speaking students more than now.
She is from China. 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 concern. She is always kindly and friendly for 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.
I can tell you from experience that taking a class that is not on your educational plan is a terrible waste of time and money! Even though you might feel plenty familiar with you’re academic plan and all the classes that you’ve left to take, have a second person, ideally a counselor, look over your schedule each semester. It is easy to lose track, especially if you decide to drop a class last-minute to replace it with another one, but it only takes fifteen minutes to talk to a counselor, and you can save lot of money as well as many hours of studying for an unnecessary class.
2. If you Plan to Transfer: Go to the Transfer Center!
So many students do not get accepted to the University they apply for because they do not go to the transfer center before they apply. This is because the transfer center has information you don’t have… they have statistics on what majors are more likely to get accepted and they can look over your application to make sure you filled in all the correct information.
3. Don’t Buy Your Books in the Book Store
The book store at every college, including MiraCosta College, is going to charge MORE than most other places you can buy books from. So look online and use websites, such as Amazon.com or Chegg.com to buy your textbooks cheaper. This saves you a lot of money and after the semester is completed, you can resell your books for more money online than the book store would pay you.
4. Use the Writing Center
As an international student taking college-level courses in America you might want to use all the resources that the MiraCosta provides. English 100 was a challenge for me in my first semester at MiraCosta, but I mastered it with help from the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides you with students that are qualified to help you with the writing assignments that you have for ANY of your classes. That’s right, it doesn’t need to be an assignment for English, it can be an essay for biology or politics that you are getting help with.
With these four tips you are ready to start college at MiraCosta!