What is happening at UCLA

I just read the blog from UCLA admission office.  I was surprised by the number of undergraduate applications and what they look at in the application to decide who gets in.

I plan to apply to transfer to UCLA, UCSD, and UC Berkeley in one year.  Because I will complete all transfer requirements, I will be transferring into year 3 at the university.

I know there is a lot of competition to get into a good university, but I feel prepared.  Check out Xiaochen’s blog on how international students prepare for university transfer at MiraCosta College.

 

Xin chào các bạn! Hôm nay mình tình cờ đọc đưọc một trang blog từ truờng Đại Học University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mình bị choáng bởi số luợng đơn nộp học và những tiêu chí hội đồng xét tuyển đặt ra để quyết định ai sẽ đuợc nhận vào học.

Minh sẽ nộp đơn chuyển tiếp vào truờng ULCA, UCSD, và UC Berkeley trong vòng năm tới. Sau khi hoàn thành tất cả lớp học cần thiết và yêu cầu để đuợc chuyển tiếp, mình sẽ chuyển vào năm thứ ba tại đại học mà mình đuợc nhận.

Mặc dù có rất nhiều sự cạnh tranh để đuợc nhận vào một truờng đại học danh tiếng, mình cảm thấy mình chuẩn bị mọi thứ khá là chu đáo cho mùa nộp đơn sắp tới. Để biết thêm thông tin về cách những bạn du học sinh ở truờng đại học dân lập MiraCosta chuẩn bị nộp đơn chuyển tiếp, trang blog của Xiaochen sẽ giúp các bạn!

Nhi

 

 

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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!

Meet South Korean Student at MiraCosta College

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

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Seunghoon Lee from South Korea

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.

 

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

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

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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

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

4年制大学への編入の仕方 Steps to apply for a 4-year University

皆さんこんにちは!

早いもので、スプリングブレイクも終わり、このセメスターも半分が過ぎてしまいました。通常この時期(3月〜4月)は4年制大学からの合否の結果が出る時期で、今とっても旬なトピックだと思うので、今日は4年制大学へのトランスファー(編入)のステップについて書いていきたいと思います! 


以前、他のミラコスタブロガーさんが同じトピックの記事(Steps to apply for a four-year university)を英語で書いていたので、今回はそれを元に日本語でご紹介していきます。




1. 志望校を決める                 

まず何よりも最初に、自分の編入したい学校を決めることが大切です。カリフォルニア州だけでも沢山の学校があるので、志望校を決める上で迷ってしまうことも多いと思いますが、これから紹介していく項目を参考にしていくと決めやすいかもしれません。





2. ロケーション

キャンパスや周りの環境が綺麗で住みやすいか、勉強しやすい環境が整っているかなど、 ロケーションは大学を選ぶ上で大事なポイントの1つかと思います。また、学校終わりに近くで遊べる場所があるかどうかもキャンパスライフを楽しむ上では重要かもしれませんね!やはり写真や人からの話だけではわからないこともあるので、可能であれば実際にその学校に行って、色々見てまわってみることを強くオススメします。





3. 学費   

留学生活を続ける上で、学費はかなり重要なポイントだと思います。ハーバード大学やUCLAを目指してプランを立て始める前に、授業料などの留学にかかる総額費用をチェックした方がいいかもしれません。大学での2年間の費用はいくらで、それを負担するのは誰なのか。学費の援助や奨学金を得ることが出来るのか。各学校によって、学費や提供している奨学金プランにもかなりの差が出てきます。留学生の場合は、州外民として追加の料金(UCLAの場合:$26,682)を払わなければならないことが大抵です。最終的な決断をする前に、予算のチェックとリサーチをしましょう!




4. 専攻

やはり大学を選ぶ上で、自分の専攻に強い学校を選びたいですよね!例えば、カリフォルニア州立大学はビジネスや会計学、生物学、看護学等に様々なプログラムを持っています。その学校には何学部があって、どの学部が強いのかを自分の専攻と照らし合わせてチェックしていくとよいと思います。




5. カウンセリングをする  

一度志望校を決めたら、トランスファーセンターやインターナショナルオフィスのカウンセラーとカウンセリングをすることを心からお勧めします。あなたの目標や志望校に応じて、カウンセラーが必要なクラスをまとめてプランを組んでくれます。又、Assistにも専攻や学校に必要なクラスのことが載っているので、自分でも検索してみるといいと思います。




6. 自分のプランをこなす 

カウンセリングをして自分のプランを決めたら後はそのプランを消化していきます。 ミラコスタカレッジでは、毎セメスターの終わり頃に次のセメスターの為の履修登録が始まります。ですので、履修登録が始まってしまう前に早めに次のセメス ターでどのクラスを取るかスケジュールを立てましょう。何か履修漏れはないか等トラブルが起きるのを防ぐ為にも、毎セメスター必ずカウンセラーと会って、プランの進行状況を確認することを強くお勧めします。



7. 願書の用意

大学によって、願書の受付期間は異なります。ですので、自分が出願するそれぞれの学校の願書受付期間を把握しておく必要があります。例えば、UCは通常次の年の秋のセメスターの為の願書の受付を11月1日に開始し、11月末日に締め切ります。又、多くの学校が出願にはオンラインシステムを採用しており、紙の願書を各学校に郵送するのではなく、ネット上で必要な情報を入力していきます。ミラコスタカレッジでは出願の時期が近づくと毎年、UCやCSUへの出願のためのワークショップが開かれるので、自分が出願する年には一度は必ず参加した方がいいと思います。




8. 出願と更新   

全ての願書の入力が終わり確認をし終えたら、必ず締め切り前にsubmitボタンを押して提出することを忘れないようにしましょう。又、一度提出したらそれで出願プロセスが全て終わった訳ではなく、その後に秋のセメスターの成績をアップデートしなければいけないので、忘れないように気をつけましょう!




9. Good Luck!