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Archive for March, 2014

Today, March 20th is the International Day of Happiness. I know you must be busy and anxious for your assignments and tests right now. As a student who is transferring this semester, I feel so nervous when waiting for decision(s) from schools right now as well. However, the good news is, ONLY 8 DAYS UNTIL SPRING BREAK!!!!!! So cheer up and be happy!

There are three things I usually do to make me happy when I’m at College of San Mateo. I hope they will help you somehow.

1. Go to the piano practice room and try to finish Chopin Minute Waltz in one minute (always fail).
2. 30 minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at the gym (aerobics really work!).
3. Argue with the crows that are walking by or are standing on the campus street lamps (I am not serious, and they always lose).

Wish you a happy day!

Shawn Zhang, China
Student Assistant
International Student Center

The International Student Center is bidding farewell to our Project Director Patty Kwok. Today is her last day at College of San Mateo as she transitions to a new school in San Francisco. She will be dearly missed!

Patty sent the following email to CSM students earlier this month:

From: Kwok, Patricia
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:03 PM
Subject: Changes at the International Student Center

Dear CSM International Student,

I hope this email finds you well and you are enjoying your spring semester.  I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving CSM and my last day in the office will be next Wednesday, March 12th.  I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your journey to reach your academic goals and I wish you all the best in your future.

All the best,


Hunger Games

Tax information
All international students are required to submit federal income tax forms in order to report earnings and/or nonimmigrant status. If you have earned income in the US, you must submit tax forms by April 15. If you have not earned income in the US, you must submit tax forms by June 15. If your gross income is not more than $15,702, you do not have to submit California State tax forms. View our tax information form for more details.

Reminder: No classes on Wednesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 5 is a Flex Day at CSM. Instructors and staff will be on-campus participating in workshops. But students have the day off from classes. Use your time wisely. Wednesday will be a great day to catch up on any homework or reading you might have missed.

Roommate bulletin board
Did you know that the International Student Center has a Roommate Board. If you’re looking for roommates or looking for a room to rent, come check out the board. There are two postings, one for a room in the Bay Terrace Apartments and another at the Hillsdale Gardens.

New International Student scholarship sponsor
The International Student Center is proud to announce our new “CORT Scholarship for International Students.” The scholarship is sponsored by CORT and available to international students who are currently studying at College of San Mateo. CORT provides furniture rental packages and housing information for students living off-campus. CORT offers furniture rental, with additional packages for cookware, towels and linens, a TV, and more. Visit the CORT website for student furniture rental packages or for housing resources.

Badminton team looking for members
The badminton team at Skyline College is looking for players! It’s not too late to add the Badminton team to your class schedule and participate in some high flying, birdie smashing action. You can contact Coach Jan Fosberg at Skyline College for more information at or 650-738-4215.