Thursday, December 8, 2016

Final tips!

Hi, how are you guys doing? The fall semester 2016 comes to an end, the final week is coming next week!! However, don't be overstressed, just relax and apply your knowledge to the final exam. Here are some final tips for you guys.

First, check your final schedule on MiraCosta College website, give yourself enough time to find parking place, make sure you bring the pencil and Scantron(if needed).

Second, the weekend before the final week is always a good time to review, but don't stay up to late. You should believe yourself and be confident, just go to sleep early and get ready for the exam.

Third, if you feel stressed, there are some ways to relieve stress. Trying to listen some music, drinking a cup of tea, sleeping better. Doing these will help you a lot.

After the final exam, it is winter break!! How exciting is it. If you plan to go back your country or travel out of America, don't forget to go to international office with your I-20.

Good luck to your final, guys! And have a wonderful winter break.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to success in MiraCosta College by Xiaochen

Hi, how are you guys doing? I believe everyone comes to College for a reason. But why MiraCosta College? Because MiraCosta college can make your goals come true. If you want to be successful, either get an AA education or transfer to 4 year university, then MiraCosta is the right place for you.

Counseling center is here to help!!

When you come to MiraCosta, maybe you have a plan in your mind. If you don't have, don't worry. You can always ask for help from our professional counselors. The Counseling Center offers personal counseling to assist every student in developing academic goals and major. Also it is very convenient. For general question, you can just drop in, there is no need to make appointment. If you have academic problems, you can make an appointment. If your schedule is very tight, you can use the online live support. Looking for more information, just visit our counseling website.

Tutoring center is here to help!!

Sometimes, you are confused about academic questions. Except asking for help to your professor, you can always go to tutoring center and get help for FREE. The tutoring center is available for 130 courses, the schedule is from Monday to Friday, through day and evening hours. Just make an appointment with the tutoring center and choose your tutor, you can get free help. How exciting is it! MiraCosta also offers online tutoring, so you can get help in everywhere. Looking for more information, check the tutoring center website.

Career center is here to help!!

When you are clear about your goal, you may want to find a job to support your tuition or get some working experience. MiraCosta always offers a lot of job opportunities to students! You can find on-campus job, Internship, or off campus work through Optional Practical Training.  Just make an appointment with one of the excellent staff in career center, they will help you find the right job for you. Also they will help you with resume and cover letter. They want every student to be successful in career. Looking for more information and event, check our career center website.

With all these professional and perfect resources from MiraCosta College, you can be successful in study and career area. You are not alone when you study abroad, there are many excellent staff to help you and make your dream come true!! Come to MiraCosta College, let us help you!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to transfer from MiraCosta College to 4 year university (focus on the process of applying) by Xiaochen

Hi guys, I am a Chinese student who have been studied in MiraCosta College for two and half years. I have a great experience here and I really love the teaching style in MiraCosta College, which is small class. After I finish my general education in here, I have to transfer to four-year university. So I will start to working on my application this year during October to November!

I believe many international students want to transfer to 4 year university from MiraCosta College! Then it is the time!! So today I gonna show you guys about how to apply the CSU university.

When you fulfill the requirement, just wait for the apply
date. Remember transferring to CSU is October 1 -
November 30. Choose your ideal university. And one tip
for you guys: when you apply the university, try to apply
at least three universities. Giving yourself more chances to get in a good university.

Let's take a look about the application page. This is where you gonna apply the unviersity. The website is  First step is create an account, make sure your email is correct. Because the university will inform you through your email. Second, fill up the information they need. Third, apply and make a payment.

Remember the workshop for transferring is always very helpful!!! As an international student, when you fill out the forms, there will be some questions that you feel confused. The best way is to go to workshop, they are professional and patient. You can check the events for workshop in MiraCosta College website:
After applying for transfer, what you have to do is waiting for the
good news and then enjoy your university!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How To Celebrate Chinese Moon Festival in Miracosta by Xiaochen.

Moon Festival is a traditional festival in China. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, it is September 15 in 2016. So on September 14, 2016, Aubrey kuan who is the Advisor for international club&Chinese club hold a small party to celebrate the Moon festival.

The Festival is held in Child Development Center in MiraCosta. Because there are many cute kids celebrate the Moon Festival with us. They perform a show named The Archer and The SunIt is a traditional Chinese story. Because this story is connect with the Moon Festival, so these little kids tell this story to let more people get to know Moon Festival. 

Then we have a Chinese student to sing. He sings three songs with guitar in front of the audience. After he sings, the Moon Festival is come to the end. 

In the end, we move to the amazing part: 
eating moon cakes. Moon cakes are traditional Chinese food. We have many different kinds of moon cakes. In China, eating moon cakes is one way to celebrate Moon Festival too. 

At last, the photographer took a photo for all Chinese students. The meaning of Moon festival is gather all Chinese students and don't let anyone feel alone when they far away from home! This is how we celebrate Chinese Moon Festival in Miracosta, come on and join us! 

Fun thing to do in Oceanside by Xiaochen

Oceanside is a beautiful city, especially this city is near the ocean. If you love the ocean and beach, Oceanside is the place where you do not want to miss.  

Except studying, what can we do in Oceanside? 
For me, the fun thing to do is go fishing in 
Oceanside. This activity won't cost you much
money, also you can stay close to the ocean. 
How amazing is it!!

Before you guys go fishing, the important thing to know is the rule of fishing in California. First, you need to buy a fishing license. There are two ways to do it. One is buy it online. The website is Another way to do it is buy in Walmart. Notice there has the time limit on the fishing license. If you just want to have a try, you can buy one day only. If you like it, the best choice is buy one year. The fee for nonresident sport fishing is 126.36 (one year).  One-day sport fishing is 15.12. 

After you have you license ready, the next step is choosing a fishing rod. You can buy it in Walmart or fishing tackle shop. Finally, enjoy your fishing day! There are one place that I recommend to you guys: Harbor Beach. The address is 1540 N Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054. You can find a good fishing spot in here. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

About Xiaochen

Hi, I'm Xiaochen. I am an international student in MiraCosta.  I come from China. I have been studying in Miracosta for two years. I really enjoy and love Miracosta. My major is accounting. I love watching movies and listening music. When I'm free, I also love to go to the beautiful beach with my friends!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tips for Transferring by Connor

1.Meet the GPA requirement
2.Finish required classed
3.Have enough money

About GPA:

Different schools have different GPA requirements.Cal-states university usually around 3.0
UC schools usually around 3.5

Also, different majors also have an impact of GPA requirement. Generally, a hard major with less people attend often has a lower GPA requirement.

Tips for maintaining a decent GPA:

1. Know your teacher!  Go to and search your instructor name before you choose the class.

This website collects all the rating index and students' common with the previous student. At the website, you can get the brief informational about the courses and professor.

2.You can choose:
Some classes give you options.  Grade.  Pass or no pass,  Withdraw from the course.
to avoid a bad grade that influence your GPA.
Please check the deadline date before you do it!

3.Professor usually understand that we have a language and cultural difficulty to study in the U.S.
Always try to ask: if there is a way to extra credit.
They usually will offer you this kind of opportunity.

4. Based on your Education plan You can always take some easy class or class that you like to boost up your GPA grade.
As long as the class give you unit to transfer, you can take them.

These plan B and C are also determine what class that you have to take before you transfer to your dream university.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Here is one of my favorite professor by Connor

:John Turbeville 

(This dog raised in classroom for 2 years! He is a service dog)
  • He has a Professor of Geology and Oceanography at MiraCosta College for the past 19 years, and taught honors courses for 16 years.  
  • His undergraduate was completed at SDSU and graduate work at the University of New Orleans.

(We will spend times to do lab research will cool equipment) 
  • Before coming to the college: He worked for 14 years as a Petroleum Geologist/Geophysicist in the Rocky Mountains and the Gulf Coast regions, and overseas in Africa, Indonesia, and Europe; 3 years as a Hydrogeologist in San Diego County; and he am a Registered (Professional) Geologist in the State of California.  

  • He likes to have fun teaching and he really enjoys interacting with students. Basically he see his role as sort of a guide, both throughout the coursework and input for your future career endeavors.

  • He is interested in lots of different things. He used to raise and train service dogs, Nigel is the one shown. He like to sure, do BJJ, generally annoy my kids (15 and 17), and play music. 
(We learned how to catch a perfect wave and surf on there)

  • During class, it’s so much fun to learn everything about our mother earth OCEAN . It’s definitely not a boring class for seriously academic study; instead, we had so much fun during class for communicate with each other student through group discussion.  

Realize your Dreams at the Transfer Center by Connor

I highly recommend counseling service at Transfer Center. With help from university transfer experts, you can be able to chose class that fit in your education and career plan. You will feel way much easier to chase your dream in here. Furthermore, for preventing unnecessary class selecting and time wasting, counselor can guide you step by step to your dream school.

*MiraCosta boasts one of the highest combined UC-CSU transfer rates in the state. 

At MiraCosta Transfer Center, you can have these service:
Counseling Appointments
Three full-time counselors are available by appointment to assist you with your transfer needs including an educational plan to guide you in course selection. Drop-in counseling is available throughout each week for quick questions.
University Representatives
Admission representatives from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) visit the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses each semester.
Admission Application Workshops
The Transfer Center offers application workshops in the fall to assist students in completing UC and CSU applications.
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs
Guaranteed admission programs are available to UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.
Honors Scholar Program
Students participating in the Honors Scholar Program will receive counseling from Transfer Center Counselors.
Computer workstations
Computer workstations are available for student use.
Cross-Enrollment Programs
Allows students to cross enroll for one course each semester at a CSU or each quarter at a UC campus without official admittance to the university.
College Fair
Every spring and fall many 4-year universities are represented at MiraCosta by their departments and admission representatives.
Specialized Workshops
Throughout the year presentations are held providing information on graduate programs, majors, and private school programs.

如何充分利用学校的资源 (Utilize School Resources)



Miracosta 的图书馆也很赞:

2.如果我们想找一些具体的书 文章或者资料,可以向图书馆管理员求助。我试过几次她们真的很热心效率也高,在她们的帮助下基本上几分钟我就可以找到我想要的资料。

3.在图书馆里我最喜欢的部门是writing center和tutor。writing center可以帮助大家从文章结构,逻辑,语法,用词等进行改进。每次需要提前预约,尤其是临近期中和期末考试的时候。每次writting center 的帮助时间只有30mins,所以一次是不能帮助我们完全改好正篇文章的。假如说,你写好了一篇初稿。你第一次的预约可以是,修改文章整体的逻辑,连贯性。第二次预约可以是,精挑期中一段来改写引用项目,句子结构。第三次的预约可以来改写文章的语法。

Tutor 也是一个全能的小帮手,图书馆左手边的tutor涵盖了学校几乎所有的学科。只要哪一科有所学不懂的问题,和我们一样的学生tutor (学霸们)会来帮助我们解决各项疑难杂症。

Career Center
对于还没决定自己要修什么专业的,对自己的未来事业迷茫的同学以及想要在校内工作的同学是个必去的地方。预约面谈和她们聊聊你的困惑,她们总会给出专业的建议和意见。想要在校内找份工作的同学,程序有一点麻烦要填很多表格和去申请社会安全码,但是如果着手去办无论是国际生办公室的老师还是Career Center的老师都会耐心热情的给予帮助的。

Transfer center:
专业的辅导员会帮助我们实现各种cal/uc  州立大学和加州大学 不同的转学路线。因为美国学校的要求不同,我们必须完成相应的学科才能转学,过程可谓是非常复杂。有了transfer center 的帮助,我们可以清晰的知道自己未来几年的学术路线以及转学风向。
BTW:我们国际学生可以直接在international office 预约辅导员来帮助我们。

Police Station:
除了学习以外的时间,请来miracosta 的警察局。热心又不收费的人民好警察!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Explore English Language Institute by Connor

     The English Language Institute (ELI) offers international students the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency and develop the skills needed for success in a college or university in the United States. The program is designed for students with a minimum of one year English language training at high school or college level. This class may not be appropriate for advanced ESL students or students with a TOEFL score greater than 500 paper-based or 46 IBT. Students must be at least 18 years old or meet our minor policy requirements.

     When I arrived to MiraCosta College, I studied at ELI for one semester. They offered great basic language instruction for helping you increase English skills, such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. All the instructors are extremely friendly and helpful.

     Monday to Friday, we usually have 4 hours class, 12pm-4pm. Each Friday, ELI program offers a fun activity to explore around Oceanside. For example, we had paint ball shooting game, beach event, boomers lazar tag, eating out, etc.  The class in here are never be boring as well. They always care about your interest first and add academic content later in this class later. You will have fun and learn knowledge at the same time.