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Archive for January, 2014

Welcome to the Spring 2014 semester

The first week of the semester is done! The International Student Center wishes all our students the best during the coming semester. If you need any assistance with anything, don’t hesitate to come by the center and ask! We are here to help. Next week will be the last week to add classes. If you are not registered in 12 units, please come to the International Student Center ASAP. And don’t forget, Monday, January 20 is a holiday.

Want free money? Apply now for scholarships!

College of San Mateo scholarships are open to all new and continuing international students, even if it is just your first semester at the college or if you have no GPA! For the 2014-2015 school year, the scholarship application will be done through Academic Works, an online scholarship application program. Along with the online application, you will also need to submit one letter of recommendation, a personal statement (at least 250 words but no more than 750 words in length), and any unofficial transcripts (including your College of San Mateo academic transcripts). The application deadline is February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Mario or Patty will be happy to write you a letter of recommendation for the scholarship!

Win a mini iPad

Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey.  You will be entered into a drawing to win a mini iPad if you complete the survey by Friday, February 7. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

Discover UC Davis

Visit the UC Davis campus and begin cultivating your dream career. Find out how you can transfer and earn a degree that will help you transform into a successful career professional. Advanced registration is required for this trip. Visit CSM Transfer Services located in the College Center Building 10, Room 340 to find out how you can register today! The trip is scheduled for Friday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more transfer events, including information about UC Berkeley, please visit the Transfer Services event calendar.

International Student Club news

The International Student Club’s first meeting of the Spring 2014 semester will take place Thursday, January 23 at 1:10 p.m. in Building 14, Room 117. The club is a great way to get involved in campus life and to network into other organizations on campus, such as the Associated Students. Don’t miss this opportunity!

The new semester kicked off today to beautiful Bay Area weather! We wish all the students at College of San Mateo, and especially our international students, all the best in the new semester. Today the International Student Center assisted many of our international students make adjustments to their class schedules, find buildings and classrooms, and answer an assortment of miscellaneous questions. We look forward to assisting you throughout the semester and hope you stop by just to say hello as well!

Welcome back to the almost start of the Spring 2014 semester! Business Insider has an interesting post about the meaning of the names of all 50 U.S. states. The names really reflect the cultural and geographical mix that the U.S. embodies. Here’s a few interesting ones:

California: In his popular novel “Las sergas de Esplandián” published in 1510, writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo named an imaginary realm California. Spanish explorers of the New World could have mistaken Baja California as the mythical place. Where Montalvo learned the name and its meaning remain a mystery.

Tennessee: From Cherokee (Iroquoian) village name ta’nasi’ of unknown origin.

New York: Named in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, the future James II. York comes from Old English Eoforwic, earlier Eborakon, an ancient Celtic name probably meaning “Yew-Tree Estate.”

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