| 4/3/2013 10:29:00 AM
Learn how to make college transfer a reality! There’s still room for you to RSVP!
UCSan Diego invites Community
College Students to a Free Community Event on
COURSE: College Planning for Future Tritons
It’s not too early to think about college transfer! MiraCosta College has one of the best transfer
programs in the State! UC San Diego invites middle school, high school and community college students and their
families to the UC San Diego campus this Saturday, April 6 to find out how to plan
for, transfer into, and pay for college. Learn about timelines, requirements,
college tests, the application and transfer process as well as financial aid
options. Campus tours, entertainment and other campus events will be a part of
the experience. I hope you RSVP!
COLLEGE PLANNING INFORMATION SESSION
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
UC San Diego Conrad
Prebys Concert Hall inside the Conrad Prebys Music Center—Spanish
Seating is limited, RSVP required. Please call (858) 534-6862 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot and indicate if you need
assistance or accommodations.
INFORMATION BOOTH 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. this Saturday, April 6th.
UC San Diego Town Square—Handouts, guidance and more!
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Every 30 minutes, departing
from Rupertus Way, across
from Center Hall
ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
By car: From I-5 South: Exit Genesee Avenue west, follow the signs to
From I-5 North: Exit La Jolla Village Drive west, follow the signs to parking.
RSVP for this event-call (858)
534-6862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be posting a follow-up blog about how the event goes. Check back for that blog this coming week! I hope to see you there!
Photos from other UC San Diego events I've attended below:
| 3/20/2013 1:56:00 PM
I hope your week
back from Spring Break is going smoothly. Last week, during Spring Break my
fellow Student Ambassadors and I worked at the Senior Priority Admissions (SPA)
days. SPA day is made for high school seniors from various high schools, to get
their applications in for summer/fall, get a campus tour with the Student
Ambassadors, get their matriculation tests done, participate in a panel
discussion/ Q and A, receive priority admission into classes, and finally have
an advising session with one of our amazing MCC Counselors. This event is geared to help seniors take
their next big steps into college, get their questions answered, inform them of
transfer, inform them of MiraCosta opportunites, and prepare them for their
college future ahead.
If you are a senior
in high school or a new incoming student of any age, you can still request a
campus tour and get your questions
answered with any of our knowledgeable Student Ambassadors. If you would like
to request a tour contact the Student Activities office of Lisa Montes or
Aubrey Kuan Roderick; at the Student Ambassador link below. Also if you have a quick question about
MiraCosta, College related information, or transfer information; feel free to
comment here or email me and I will get back to you.
This year’s SPA day
event week went very well and it was nice to get the opportunity to help
seniors get a start on their new college life. A lot of work goes into
planning this event throughout the year through the Student Activities and
Student Ambassadors, and I’m proud we made it through successfully and with
Pictures of Student Ambassadors at SPA day and events below:
Student Ambassdor Link- http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/ambassadors/studentambassadors.html
| 2/27/2013 12:51:00 PM
| 2/18/2013 7:53:00 AM
Hi All! Hope your semester is
progressing well! I know it’s a hectic time for most students; mid-terms are right around the corner. I am
going to write to you today about the importance of priorties and time management.
This will take on three categories: school, work, and partying. The three main
things people think of when thinking of the college experience. Everyone’s
priorities and ability to balance these things are going to be different than another’s,
but I will just be putting my two cents in about what works for me.
To me school should come before all else and let me explain why. I know firsthand
that trying to put school, work, and partying (or seeing friends often) in the
same category of importance is ideal, but not realistic. My freshman year I tried
to put these things on the same level, thinking that all three need the same
amount of attention and are equally as important as the other. After reflecting
on this attempt, in my opinion now, they are not of equal but varied depending
on time and effort needed. Education is our building blocks of all things in
the end, including people we meet and how to balance our time. Education is
what will one day get you that great job you really want, instead of the one
you may already have, or will get you that promotion that you want so badly in
the job you have. It is what will get you past the first door and into the
career working force. Education is what will broaden your mindset and give you
the ability to relate to many types of people and fields of study. Education is
what will give you the ability to make the money you want later in life; to
have that nice job to be able to take nice vacations, dinners out, see
concerts, or go to see friends at the nicest bars and clubs if that is your
choosing. Education is where your journey to a better life begins, and it is
where it will continue for the rest of your life. It will build on itself and
those who never stop learning are the people who succeed the most. Learning is
in a way a contradiction in the best kind of way. To truly learn you must first
pay attention and form opinions, but also be open to the idea that you may need
to adjust your view, or that you may change your mind frequently when learning
are two quotes I enjoy that explain this:
learn something every day if you pay attention.” -Ray LeBlond
“I am the wisest man alive,
for I know one thing, and that is I know nothing."-Socrates
Picture of me at a college conference below:
Work becomes a close second in importance because as anyone reading this knows
college or any type of education is expensive. Work is an important thing because
it is what helps us make money, gain experience, and learn the value of hard
work. I believe it takes a second place to school because education will be what
gets you to the next level of the career you want whether that’s being a
psychologist, engineer, mechanic, or hairstylist. Balancing time to study and
attend classes has to balance with work hours. Attaining a correct balance
allows you to be successful at both in order to reach your goals. Education for
any of the following careers, or any others, almost always requires education
to further your pay and position in a job. It is very rare that a job does not
need a person to have some type of higher education whether that’s a certain
type of test, a high school or G.E.D, an A.A., a Bachelor’s or a Master’s
degree. There is always some type of training or education involved to advance
yourself. That’s why working comes in second, it is extremely important to make
money for your life and educational expenses in balance with study and class
time. In the end education and training will be what takes you to that next
level in your career and work path.
Picture with friends and co-workers
Partying comes last for various reasons. One, partying cannot be counted as an essential
to life as school and work can. Through school you gain knowledge for work and
through work you gain money and experience. Partying you gain weight, you lose
time, and you waste money. I am not talking about people who go out on occasion
to celebrate a birthday or par-take in special events like concerts or seeing
friends. I’m talking about hardcore partying; going out every night, drinking
in excess, not finishing school work, and missing days of class or work, that
kind of partying. That kind of partying has no benefit and those who have
experienced that side of life, know this. It doesn’t further your educational
or career goals, and it certainly doesn’t help you save any money. I’m all for
having a good time, but it can wait till the weekend or a special event.
Remember your future depends on what you do now, not later. I said you should
forever be learning, not forever be in college. Keep your priorties and time
management in check and you will be moving on to a greater and brighter future
in no time. Then, after meeting your first priority, you will have plenty to
celebrate about with your friends. Remember, there are always other ways to enjoy
social time with your friends in more healthy outlets, join a club or organization
at MiraCosta, go hiking at the beach with friends, go rock climbing, grab
coffee, or see a concert with friends. Sure, you can go out partying, just make
sure you know when enough is enough. Life is short, mistakes are made, but what’s
important is that you know when it’s time to pick yourself up and dust off the
past, regain strength, and move on to better things. With priorities in check,
you can reach your goals!
Picture of me on a walk at a Carlsbad
| 2/1/2013 12:32:00 PM
It’s been a
very long week with work, school, and getting sick, but thank goodness it’s
finally Friday so there’s a little bit of time to relax. My good friend and I are going to see Kip
Moore play in a few months and I’m so excited! He is one of my favorite upcoming
Country artists. I especially love this song “Hey Pretty Girl”; it really just
reminds me that there are good people out there and that having the right
people with you makes even the worst days, bearable. I have found many of those
people at MiraCosta College and I bet if you take the time to get know fellow
MiraCosta students and staff, you will too. I hope this song brings you a
smile. Have a great weekend! And remember no matter what…
| 1/24/2013 1:53:00 PM
Today I will be writing about my degree and future plans. My
major and degree is in Human Development. I’m not sure specifically where my
degree will take me in the future. I love working with children so I have
considered both teaching, as well as being a children’s counselor. There are so
many opportunities to choose from when getting a Human Development degree. It
is hard to definitively say what I will do with my degree until I finish
Human development is a degree that encompasses a variety of
fields including Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Anthropology, Child
development, and more. The variety of the degree itself has opened many doors
to me and others who decide to get this degree. There are many fields I can
work in whether it is counseling, teaching, marketing, or another service
field. I really enjoy working with caring individuals. Ultimately, I will choose
a career that works with generous people that want to make a difference in their
lives and the lives of others. I know
this may seem like a vague view of what I want to do, but for me it isn’t. I
prefer knowing what kind of people and environment I want to surround myself
with then choosing a narrow career path. The environment you work in can be
just as important as the job. For example if you are an extremely active and social person,
sitting in an office cubical and programming all day would not be the right environment
for you. I suggest researching your major and career options that can best suit
your personality and career strengths.
There are a variety of careers I could enjoy doing with the
right people and I am currently doing a career search. My mother is a wonderful
example of someone who has worked in many fields and has taught me the same
thing, whether it’s a teaching, non-profit, or a Public Relations career, the
people and environment you’re working in is more important than a specific
career path. I hope to always be surrounded with as many like-minded and caring
individuals as I can in whatever career path that I end up pursuing. The future
is bright and MiraCosta has many options and opportunities for everyone to
Pictures Below of the Kids@College event and Student bloggers:
Link to majors at MiraCosta College- http://miracosta.edu/instruction/disciplines.html
| 12/20/2012 2:43:00 PM
Today I’m going to give you a list, of some of the best classes
to start with at MiraCosta College. Students classes will vary depending on
major, but for the most part these classes can work for any major following a regular
General Education plan. For a full laid out plan look at Plan C in the
MiraCosta class catalogue to get a better understanding of a general education
plan that can work for both CSU and UC schools. Please feel free to email me,
set up a tour with me at the Student Ambassadors, or make an appointment with
one of are many counselors at MiraCosta College if you feel you need help with
your educational plan. Here are some of my favorite classes and professors from
English 100 with Professor Jason Williams- I
took this class my first semester at MiraCosta with an emphasis in ecology. I
found Professor Williams made the class interesting and was very helpful. Truly
a teacher who is passionate about what he does and really tries to help
students learn. I haven’t had a better English teacher before or since this
class. I learned a lot from this class both in my Writing, Critical Thinking,
and Environmental Awareness. One of the
best and most informative classes you will take in college. (Also teaches
higher division English)
Cultural Anthropology with Professor Leslie
Lewis- This class was fun and lively. I
actually was upset the one time I had to miss class because I was sick; I truly
enjoyed it that much. I found the discussions, reading, writing, research, and
class in general completely fascinating. Professor Lewis is an amazing teacher
and writer and very helpful to her students. I really learned a lot from this
class, and felt that Professor Lewis really focused on getting her students to
understand the material and enjoy the class. One of my favorites.
(Also teaches Anthropology at UCSD)
Psychology 101 or 101 honors with Professor Lisa
Fast- I had previously tried to take this class with another teacher and was so
distressed by the class methods that I actually thought about changing my major
from Psychology. I, thankfully, left that class and took the Honors version
with Professor Fast instead, an absolutely wonderful teacher. Her classes are
fun, interesting, informative, and she has a wonderful sense of humor. This
class made me realize Psychology was definitely the major for me and I can’t
wait to move forward with it. I hope to take another class with Professor Fast
in the future. (Also teaches other Psychology courses)
Spanish 101 with Professor Omaida Westlake- I
had taken ASL in high school and was extremely scared about taking Spanish at a
college level. I soon found that my
worries were unnecessary when taking Spanish with Professor Westlake; she truly
takes the time to help each and every one of her students. The way she sets up
her classes makes the material understandable for someone with no background in
Spanish, as well as to those who have experiences with speaking Spanish already.
While we had a full class Professor Westlake took the time to talk with each
student and make sure each of us felt part of the class and understood the
material. An absolutely amazing
Professor. I would recommend this class
to anyone for a General Education class or for any interest in learning Spanish.
(Also teaches higher division Spanish
I loved taking each one of these courses,
along with many other great courses these have stuck with me since I started at
MiraCosta College. Something interesting I realized about each of the classes I
listed; each one of the classes had lively discussions, and they also gave us
opportunities to work with our classmates. I actually have a few new friends from each
one of these classes that developed through group discussions. I think the fact
that I was able to bond with liked minded people from the above classes is just
more proof that each class, and professor, made it a great learning experience
for students. A big thank you to all the
wonderful Professors at MiraCosta College! I hope this post is helpful to both
new and returning students! Have a wonderful Winter Break!
MCC Student Ambassadors below:
| 12/8/2012 8:48:00 AM
of November was working at the Latino Film Series with fellow ambassador Brian,
Lisa Montes, Nikki Schaper, ASG, and Mr. Danny Haro himself. We had an amazing
director as our guest Danny Haro who has directed many incredible films and TV
projects. The Latino Film Series was presenting his film titled Pancho
Gonzalez: Warrior of the Court. Pancho Gonzalez was an incredible tennis player
who changed the face of tennis and opened it up not only to the Latino culture,
but all cultures. Danny Haro was friendly and warm even taking pictures and
signing books and DVD’s while sitting and talking with all the people working
the event and who attended. We had a great turnout of around 50 people or more
which is wonderful since it is meant to be a smaller setting. The movie room
was packed, questions ran long, and there was lively and interesting
discussion. The Latino Film Series is
always one of my favorite events to work at and I can’t wait to work at another
Latino Film Series event soon.
I’m looking forward to our annual Student Ambassador Christmas party and Secret
Santa! Last year we also did an Ugly Sweater party at my house and it was so
much fun, I look forward to spending the holidays with my family, friends, and my Student
Here's a link for more MCC events- http://miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/pio/fullartsandevents.html
Here's a link to learn more about Danny Haro and his films- http://highergroundentertainment.net/company/partners-danny-haro.html
Keep Smiling! -Britt
Pictures of the Latino Film Series Below:
| 11/18/2012 3:12:00 PM
1.Yummy Holiday Drinks!
2.Beach Bonfires with friends!
3. Fall leaves
5. It's still warm enough to hike!
6. Scented Candles
7. Fall clothing=Boots,Sweaters, and Scarfs!
9. Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving
10. Spending time with family and friends
| 10/24/2012 2:01:00 PM
Happy almost Halloween! I know some of you may have seen this Trick or Treat
for UNICEF info on Blackboard, but I wanted to tell you why it's
important to me and why I will definitely be donating what I can. UNICEF is a
great organization helping people around the world. I encourage you to take the
time and money to help out some people in need. Just some loose change or a
couple dollars can benefit people so much, all by just donating to the boxes
around MiraCosta campus. Halloween is a fun time to dress up with friends, go
out, eat candy, or watch scary movies. This
is an opportunity to do more than that this Halloween, please don't forget to lend
a helping hand.
“Remember, if you ever need a
helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have
another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”-
Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses and inspirations.
Not only was she a wonderful actress, she was a great humanitarian, and a
Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Her grace, huge heart, and humanitarian work
are the reasons I look up to her so much.
Keep Smiling -Britt
donate! Information on donating and UNICEF is below!
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Dara Perales’ English 50, English 100,
Literature 120, and Linguistics 110 classes will be trick or treating for
UNICEF from October 22 until November 1. If you see the cute character boxes
around campus, please consider giving even just a few cents.
For only 7¢, you can provide a packet of special powder
that, when mixed with water, can save a child from deadly dehydration.
For 50¢, you can give a child a notebook and pencil to use
in a classroom.
$1 pays for 24 protein
biscuits for a starving child.
$12.44 can buy a cold-storage
box to make sure medicines do not spoil in the heat.
$17 keeps a child safe from 6
$18.57 can provide 3 bed nets to
protect families from mosquitoes carrying deadly malaria.
$26.95 supplies an emergency
first aid kit.
$31.25 can provide a soccer ball
and air pump so children in refugee camps can play together and be kids.
$120 supplies a box of 10,000
tables that purify water for kids to drink.
Every cent counts because
so much good work can be done for such a small cost, and no amount donated is
considered too little! If you want more information, if you would like to make
a donation, or if you would like your own Trick or Treat for UNICEF box, please
contact Dara Perales at email@example.com or x6428. She
has information and many extra boxes!
You can also find more
information about UNICEF and this program at www.trickortreatforunicef.org
About the author
Hello! I'm Brittney Smith-a Native Californian. I am so excited to be one of the Ambassador team members here at MiraCosta College! Currently a sophomore, I am working through the TAP program to transfer to a UC college to major in psychology/human development with a minor in art therapy.
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