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How I Got Involved in Clubs and Other Activities on Campus

by nattamon | 4/8/2013 10:29:00 AM

Student Clubs

All Mira Costa College students are members of the Associated Student Government, which supports the projects and programs of many clubs catering to students with interests ranging from Business to Community Service. You can join — or lead — any of these organizations. Clubs meet the social and intellectual interests of students at Mira Costa College.

MiraCosta College - Student Clubs - Oceanside

MiraCosta College - The Inter-Club Council

          As a student in Mira Costa College, I recognized several wishes that may improve my education and make my schooling easier and more fun.

          As a Computer Programming student, I wished that students who take same computer classes get together and communicate to help each other. I thought they can practice creating programs and games to exchange knowledge, keep in touch, and help get jobs. So, I assisted to start a Computer Club for that propose and I became The Computer Club Advisor.

          As an international student, I hoped that someone could introduce me to the other international students since we share similar experience.  I hoped someone help orient with the new environment, language, culture, and country. I needed a way to contact other universities to get information and tours about enrolment and transfer. So, I applied to become a Peer Leader and I helped create the International Club. Now I can help provide these services to the international as the Vice President of the International Club.



          Since most students and I like sports and wish to have the opportunity to play our favorite games, it was a great idea to get students who like the same sport together. This way we can organize and plan sports events to play for fun and exercise. We created the Intramural Sport Club to help students who like sports to find others of same interest and practice.

          I am able to provide similar and other services by representing college students as a Senator of the Student Government and an Intercultural Ambassador for the San Diego State University. I also help students all over the world who are interested in getting information about Mira Costa College online through my Blogger job on campus.

          One of the great advantages of being a student in Mira Costa College is the ability to create a club for you favorite activities. When a club with enough number of students is created, Mira Costa Collage helps provide budget to spend on club activities.


Life in Oceanside, What’s it Like?

by nattamon | 4/8/2013 10:27:00 AM


Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. It is the third-largest city in San Diego County, California. The city had a population of 183,095 at the 2010 census. Together with Carlsbad and Vista, it forms a tri-city area. Oceanside is located just south of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

          Oceanside is a small beautiful coastal city in north San Diego County. It is quite, clean and not expensive. You can walk, play on the sand or fish on its nice sunny beach and pier. Oceanside has a variety of restaurants and shops for every taste. It is located between down town San Diego and Orange County so you may enjoy the city life, clubs, bars shopping and restaurants without having to live in the city itself.  You can enjoy the benefit of the quite, clean, safe, and less expensive with lots of parking spaces suburb and be close to the metropolitan city life as well. Most importantly Mira Costa Community which is a great college to attend is located in the center of Oceanside.


Vista Housing Information

by nattamon | 3/29/2013 10:15:00 AM

Vista is home of a Japanese-American Cultural Center and Buddhist Temple, one of only two in California, and over 75 other churches and temples of various denominations.Vista is the first neighboring city east of Oceanside. There are multiple complexes for rent.

Rent in vista is competitive; however, it is better to visit the actual apartment complexes to compare. Security deposit may start at $150, but sometimes you may get first month free. Furnished apartments may cost a little more. Rent starts at $750 per month for a studio, $1,075 for 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, for a complex near Mira Costa College. You may also find 3 bedrooms apartments at $1,400 per month. If you live in Vista, you may have to take the public transportations to school. Bus number 302 and 319 come to Mira Costa College from vista, but you may have to change buses base on your location.

Vista has a variety of restaurants, especially near vista village drive.  You can easily find burgers, sushi, sandwiches, and American or Asian restaurants.

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Counseloring Services, MCC

by nattamon | 3/28/2013 2:44:00 PM

Counseling Services


The Counseling Center offers individualized academic, career, and personal counseling to assist both prospective and current students in developing their educational programs, coordinating their career and academic goals, and understanding graduation, major, certificate, and transfer requirements. Students can visit or call the office for appointments or drop-in times.

Get Started


Counselors assist students by exploring interests, abilities and achievements as well as determining goals and planning programs to attain those goals. Careful course selection prior to registration is the key to a successful college experience.

Students come to counseling with concerns such as:

  • procrastination
  • loneliness
  • body image worries
  • anxiety
  • lack of self-confidence
  • eating problems
  • abuse issues
  • roommate issues
  • family problems
  • problems in intimate relationships
  • questions about gender/sexual preferences
  • depression
  • cultural concerns
  • achievement conflicts
  • concerns about use of alcohol or drugs


Affordable Place To Eat

by nattamon | 3/1/2013 3:13:00 PM

          When it comes to food, the best thing is to cook your own meals. However, you can get cheap restaurant food in some specific places.

For example, if you like sandwiches, you can buy a very large foot long sandwich for $4-5 at Subway. Subway sandwich is good enough for 2 meals.

          Lunch special are usually cheap in Thai or Vietnamese restaurants, usually, $7-10. Dinners are expensive in most restaurants.  

          You can buy food from Mira Costa Cafeteria on campus or you can bring your own food and heat it in the cafeteria microwave.


          Mira Costa College cafeteria is very large with comfortable chairs and tables. They have a big menu of affordable variety of food. They provide free sauces; catch up, mayonnaise, mustard, water, and other silverware. They also have Wi-Fi for your laptop and enough room to sit, study, or chat, and socialize with other students.

Affordable Place to Eat


1. Beach Break Cafe

$ Oceanside - Breakfast/Brunch, Burgers, California 1802 S Coast Hwy


2. Gandolfo's Deli

$ Oceanside - Desserts/Ice Cream, Hot Dogs/Sausages, Sandwiches/Subs 3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd Ste 100


3. The Mandarin

$ Oceanside - Chinese 1058 Mission Ave


4. Teri Cafe

$ Oceanside - Hawaiian, Japanese, Teriyaki 2249 S El Camino Real


5. Chu's Quik Wok

$ Oceanside - Chinese 815 College Blvd Ste 107


6. In-N-Out Burger

$ Oceanside - American, Burgers 4605 Frazee

7. Gogo Japan

$ Oceanside - Asian, Japanese, Sushi 4121 Oceanside Blvd


8. Pit Stop

$ Oceanside - Burgers, Diner 3825 mission ave


9.  Ocean Thai Cuisine

$ Oceanside - Thai 2455 Vista Way


10. Rim Talay

$ Oceanside - Thai, Vegetarian 508 Mission Ave



Mira Costa College, Campus Safety

by nattamon | 3/1/2013 2:12:00 PM

          Mira Costa College campus is considered very safe compared to other colleges. The campus police are always on patrol screening the parking lots. The parking lots and most of the campus are well light. There is an emergency box at every corner, so you can call for help. Police campus is very friendly and helpful. A very few incidents have been reported. However, students have to be careful and take precautions. It is better to have a company if you are going to your car late at night.

          Mira Costa College police department offers a free self defense class for women. I took that class myself, it was fun and I learned how to defense myself in a critical situation or in case I get attack.




          Not only I feel physical safe in Mira Costa College on campus, but also I feel safe about my valuable like my laptop or car. When something is lost, it is usually kept at the police department until the owner search for it. That does not mean that you leave your valuable unattended.


Safety & Security Report 2012 - MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College Police Department to Offer Rape Aggression Defense Course


MiraCosta College’s Police Department is offering a three-session evening course in Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) for female students, faculty, staff and community members. Class will be held August 14-16,  6-10 p.m., at MiraCosta’s Oceanside Campus, located at 1 Barnard Drive. The R.A.D. course is offered free of charge.


R.A.D. is a program that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. The R.A.D. program was created to teach women how to defend themselves against rape aggression. The self-defense techniques taught in this course are practical, and students will have the opportunity to use the techniques they have learned in a full-contact simulated assault scenario held on the last day of class. 


The class is open to females age 14 and up.  Participants must attend all three sessions. Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.  For registration, or additional information, contact MiraCosta College Police Office at or call (760) 795-6640.



rad map.pdf (712.84 kb)

Preparation to OPT

by nattamon | 1/24/2013 9:17:00 AM

Now Spring Semester start, I will have to get ready to apply for my OPT. Since I will graduate in Fall 2013, I will have to attend the OPT workshop and prepare my resume. Do you know what the OPT?

What is OPT?

            Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a 12-month employment authorization for F-1 students to gain work experience in the academic subject they study. Prior to apply for OPT, students must have full-time F-1 enrollment for at least one academic year.

            Optional Practical Training is a benefit for F-1 visa students. You remain an F-1 visa student (you DO NOT change your visa) during OPT. As an F-1 student, you have requirements to remain in legal status while on OPT.

Requirements for students approved for Optional Practical Training

  • Look for and get a job. New rules require student to have authorized work during approved OPT. If you have more than 90 days, collectively, of no employment your OPT approval is cancelled.
  • Report all jobs. You must report all employment to the International Office to be considered approved employment.
  • Report your home address. All international students must report any change in address within 10 days of moving.
  • Travel only when approved. Students on OPT need valid employment.

SPECIAL NOTE: Mira Costa College is NOT responsible for your F-1 status when you approved for Optional Practical Training. International students are solely responsible for maintaining all F-1 requirements while on Optional Practical Training, including finding an approved job and maintaining work throughout approved OPT.

If you want to know more about the OPT, Please follow this link: OPT Information


First Experience in U.S.A.

by nattamon | 1/24/2013 9:09:00 AM

Hi everyone,

I just realize, next Fall 2013, I will graduate from Mira Costa College with a degree in Computer Programming. I am planning to attend university when I finish with my associated degree.

My first experience in the U.S. was scary. When I come to the United Stated, I did not speak any English and I had to walk for miles in unfamiliar streets to take a bus and a train. I was surrounded by strangers from different races I had never seen before, who spoke a language that I did not understand. Even though I graduated university in Thailand, I started college from the beginning in the United States. First, I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. However, when I realize my strength in calculus and trigonometry, I changed my major to computer programming.




Mira Costa College resources such as counselor and scholarship supported my education and helped me with my classes. I will graduate in two semesters and will be the first in my family to graduate from a college in a foreign country. I am proud of my ability to learn and adapt and my courage to make decisions.

P.S. There are so many choices for you to choose. Do not hesitate to use our resources. When I first came to the United State, I have no idea what I want to do or study. Making new friend and getting involved in college will help you see more opportunities and help you find yourself.


Support our Holiday Angels Project by fulfilling a child’s holiday wish!

by nattamon | 11/17/2012 12:07:00 PM

Support our Holiday

Angels Project!

Help us reach our goal

To serve every child

As we approach the Holiday season,

The Associated Student Government (ASG)would like to invite you

To join us in our annual Holiday Angels Project

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Help Needy Children through the Holiday Angel Project

The Holiday Angel Project is sponsored by the Associated Student Government (ASG) of Mira Costa College. 

As an international student, who represents student senator (ASG.) I want to let you know that for the 25th consecutive year, Mira Costa College students, staff, and community members will have the opportunity to give a local needy child the gift of his or her dreams––by participating in the college’s Holiday Angel Project.


It is very easy to participate in Holiday Angel Project. Since each child's first name and wish will already appear on a paper angel hanging on holiday trees located at each of Mira Costa College’s three campuses.


Those who want to buy a gift for a child take an angel from one of the trees, "sign out" the angel with Mira Costa staff, purchase the gift, wrap it using the paper angel as a tag, and return it to the campus.

Holiday Angel trees are available at these college locations:

v  Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive: in the Student Center, Bldg. 3400. Gifts must be returned to the Student Activities Office in the Student Center by December 7. Recipients will pick up their gifts on December 20 by 4 p.m.

v  San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff: in the Student Center Cafeteria. Gifts must be returned to the cafeteria by December 3. Students will deliver these gifts to the children on December 14.

v  Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside: Gifts must be returned to the front counter at this location by December 3. Recipients will pick up their gifts on December 14 by 4 p.m.


Names and wishes of children have been obtained from the Leucadia Head Start program, as well as from Mira Costa College student-parents in the college’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Program (EOPS), and Community Learning Center. The Holiday Angel Project is expected to provide gifts to 350 children.

For more information about the Associated Students or the Holiday Angel Project, call the San Elijo Campus Student Activities Office at 760.944.4449, x 7782 or the Oceanside Campus at 760.795.6890. 

Holiday Angels SEC 8.5x11.pdf (946.64 kb)

Support our Holiday Angels Project.pdf (79.49 kb)


Choose to Excel, Mira Costa College

by nattamon | 11/8/2012 8:57:00 AM

Mira Costa College wants you to achieve your educational goals. The matriculation process starts you on the right path and keeps you going with the information you need to arrive at your educational destination.

How to get started

There are several steps to follow in order to reach our final educational goal

    Cool Take the placement tests at college as early as you can.
    Kiss Find out what level of Math and English courses you can take.
    Foot in mouth Know your major and which schools you want to go.
    Sealed Schedule an appointment with an academic counselor in the international office.
    Money mouth Make sure you take your English and math classes first.
    Tongue out Remember persistent perseverance is the key.
    Wink Go back to the counselor if you want to make sure you are on the right track.

The International Office at MiraCosta has staff ready to answer your questions.  Go ahead ... ask a question and get started on your academic career!



About the author

Nattamon TangjitpornchaiSa-wa-dee-ka, Hello, My name is Nattamon. You can call me NATTY. Can you guest what is my nationality? .... THAT RIGHT. I am from Thailand which means I love spicy food. I am very interested in the English language because in my country who speaks, reads, and writes English fluently is considered very smart. I have been studying in Mira Costa College for the last two years.

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