Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Taking an online class, good or nah? by Amandine

Are you thinking about taking an online class next semester?
Taking an online class at MiraCosta as an International Student is totally possible.
The only limitation is that you can't take more than 3 units online class per semester.

Are you hesitating taking one?
I already took many online classes and here list of things to consider.

  • You have to have access to a computer: your own laptop or the library's computers! Be familiar with a platform (Blackboard) is a must.

  • Be organized and willing to learn, it is easy to fell behind... it requires a lot of self motivation.

  •  You are free to decide when it's time to work and you can get comfortable at home or outside. It is a lot of flexibility.

  • You don't get to meet your classmates, your teacher or have a study group.

  • You can communicate with your teacher by email .. and expect a fast answer.

  • It is a lot of reading.

  • And a lot of writing.

  • But I least you don't loose time in transportation.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

L.A. AutoShow

I was at Los Angeles for the L.A. AutoShow. Look at this beautiful car!

This one was very nice too!

How to become an International Student at MiraCosta College? by Amandine

This is a simple and detailed way to understand how you can go from your country to a MiraCosta classroom.

STEP1: Mail the International Student Application and the support documents listed here.
Mail them at the following adress:
MiraCosta College
IIP, #12A1 Barnard DriveOceanside, CA 92056
United States

STEP2: MiraCosta receive your mail and process it.  MiraCosta mail you back a official approval letter and the I-20 (needed for the visa)

STEP3: You apply to the US embassy of your country for a U.S. student visa.

STEP4: You arrive in the U.S. and you come to MiraCosta College

STEP5: You take English and Math assessment test. You will also meet the academic counselor.

STEP6: You will be able to register for classes.

STEP7: You attempt to class.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome Day 2016 and Interview! by Amandine

Tuesday,  it was the WELCOME DAY.

This event welcome student that are going to attend college for the very first time.
They did a tour of the campus and visited the different building and the different services that MiraCosta has. It was nice to see different faces.

I also met a new student Irery, 41 years old that accepted to answer to my question:

Are you a new student at MiraCosta?
Yes, it is the first time I am going to attempt college.

What did you learn the most from the tour and the visit of the campus?
People are really helpful here, it is a place where people can success and there are even facilities for kids. I liked the fact that there are a lot of informations and resources on the campus, you can see people are happy here.

Do you feel ready to study?

What do you fear the most?
I fear to fail!

Do you think that if you have a problem or a specific need you can find the right service or person to talk?
Yes, there will always be someone to help and I feel comfortable to ask.

  This is Jodi and Lisa, they both work at MiraCosta and they attempted the event to present their department (Student Equity and Testing Services)

This is Augustina, also international student and Aisha. They both accompanied student in the tour to introduce the campus to the new students.

Then the new student shared a lunch (already gone in the photo)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Orientation Fall 2016

Today is orientation for Fall 2016 for the new international student!
So many people!

Can you see your flag?
This is Sayaka from the International Office!
It is a lovely women and can help you with your questions!

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Getty Museum by Amandine

Have you ever heard about the Getty Museum?

It is located in Los Angeles and it is an AMAZING museum!
It is free and the only thing that you have to pay is the parking and it is a flat price for the day.

I went to the Getty Museum on summer 2015, and if you are in an art major, or interested by art or just a little bit curious, this place is for you! The Getty Museum has many galleries that you can see, so you can spend the whole day there if you want to see everything.

Once you arrive at the museum, you visit will start by a tram ride from the parking to the museum where you can admire the amazing view. It is so relaxing and beautiful!

At the museum, you will have many galleries with different exhibitions. You can check them out here (look at Getty Center). You will also be able to enjoy the outdoor sculpture and impressive architecture.

At the museum, do not forget to grab a brochure (if you wish in your language) I swear it would make your life easier (exhibition room, plan of the museum, information)

Be careful, sometime you can't pictures so be aware and ask the staff. Also they have a beautiful garden, a shop where you can buy souvenirs and also some coffee cart where you can buy a lemonade or a ice cream and a restaurant. You can also come with your own lunch.