Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why is MiraCosta College a good choice?

I cannot believe how fast school goes.  This coming week is going to the midterm for many MiraCosta students.  At the same time, it is also the important period of the year to apply for admission to 4-year universities. If you who are deciding which U.S. college to attend, please do continue reading this blog. Based on my personal experience as an applicant and a student, I highly recommend MiraCosta College as your stepping stone to achieve academic success.

This blog is open to all of you who are considering starting a college education in California, and I am not going to advertise MiraCosta college because I go there, but because I think choosing MiraCosta can be one of the smartest choices you would make in your life! These are the reasons I choose to attend MiraCosta College:
  • MiraCosta College is at beautiful Oceanside, CA; this means that I get to enjoy the nice weather and amazing ocean views all year long.  Besides, I don't need to carry my heavy winter clothes oversea because the winter in California is so warm and cozy. Most of the times, I wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans in November and maybe add on a thin jacket in December.                                                                                
  • MiraCosta College is very affordable, and provides the same classes as the 4-year universities.   To compare costs, I pay around $3800 each semester including the health insurance cost and tuition fees. International students at a California State University pay about $8,000 per semester. So you see, I save more than $10,000 each year.                                                                                  
  • MiraCosta College provides multiple transfer plans which covers the general education courses for many popular colleges such as  CSU(California State University), and many UC (University of California) schools like UCB , UCLA, UCI , UCSD , and many other local colleges as well. I am currently preparing my university applications to all four of the UC schools that I motioned, and I am guaranteed to be admitted by UCI because of the TAG offered at MiraCosta College. I am excited to hear the responses in spring 2015. 
  • MiraCosta College has free tutor programs and personal counselors to help you step by step through your academic studying. I have met with the math, English, and accounting tutors many times, and they all are very helpful in preparing me for tests and writing assignments. The most important thing is, it is FREE!                                                                                                
  • I arrived to MiraCosta with a TOEFL score of 95. But if you need to improve your English, you can attend ELI (English Language Institute) at MiraCosta College and you Don't need a TOEFL score for MiraCosta College's admission.  
I hope these information are helpful for your decision making, and I am looking forward to hear from you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Welcome Party

Hello! It has been almost a month since school started, and I am sure many of you are still trying to catch up with classes; don't worry, I won't accuse you for submitting assignments at the last moment or being last to courses because you want to sleep just a little tiny more in the morning. In fact, I am here to share some fun that you might miss-- the Welcome Party that was held on Friday the 12th on campus. This event was organized by the International Office and Peer Leaders, and sponsored by the Associated Student Government, who all worked very hard to ensure that the party went well, and it really did!

It was a bright afternoon with nice breezes outside the pavilion. A huge number of 105 international students joined us for the celebration, which was a new record compared to the last couple years. There was lot of energy in the air. Not only did we introduce each of ourselves to others, we also experienced the combination of different cultures mixed together at once. With welcoming posters, lovely musics, delicious hamburgers and hotdogs, and of course, super exciting games and the hard works of our International peer leaders and ASG representatives, everyone seemed to have a positive feedback for the experience at the party.

One of my favorite parts of the Welcome Party was the game section. We had many native speakers and some professors participated in the games along with the International groups, therefore, it was a lot of fun to see how everyone was trying to be competitive and at the same time being polite to each other to show respects. The rising action, or what I call the "warm up", was when we played the Musical Chair. Players asked to stand in front of the chairs that were set up to be one less than the number of total participants; and as the music started, players would have to go around the chairs with dance movements or poses. As the music suddenly stopped, the players go as fast as they could to grab the chair closet to them.  Whoever didn't get a seat had to walk away with a sad face. With less or no intention of caring about their own appearances, people in the game were pushing or dragging each other off the seats to ensure that they can get to the next round, and some of them would stop at the seats that they were passing by for couple seconds as if the music stopped in the next moment, so they can hold on to their spots. Here are some pictures during the Musical Chair.