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First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo is inviting any interested international student to a Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving Day trimmings as well as games and songs for the holiday.

The Thanksgiving dinner is free and all are welcome. Please RSVP Rich Rondeau at (650) 345-6915 or

Event details:
Thanksgiving dinner hosted by First Presbyterian Church
Location: The Lighthouse (194 W 25th Avenue (at Hacienda), San Mateo
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thor: The Dark World
Although far from the best Marvel movie, Thor: The Dark World is entertaining enough. In this sequel Chris Hemsworth’s Thor becomes a dependable but boring superhero, and it is villain brother Tom Hiddleston’s Loki who steal all his scenes; the movie ultimately becomes less fun whenever Loki is not onscreen.

12 Years A Slave
12 Years a Slave is a great but harrowing movie. If it was depressing just to be watching it for 133 minutes, imagine how bad it was for the millions of slaves who spent their entire lives living in such abject terror at the inhuman horrors being inflicted on them.

Last Vegas
Anyone hoping for a Hangover-ish plot from Last Vegas would be disappointed. Still, the effortless and sometimes cheeky camaraderie among Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Klive brings some easy and happy laughs to the audience. An enjoyable way to while away 104 minutes of your time.

Reviews courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore.


Fall 2013 Club Fair

We are happy to announce some new additions to our website. In our continual efforts to address the needs of our applicants and our students, as well as making our website robust, we’ve added two new pages.

The first new page is a list of our partner language schools. International student applicants to College of San Mateo (CSM) are required to meet an English proficiency requirement. However, if applicants meet all our other requirements except for the English proficiency requirement, they can attend one of our partner language schools. Once they near completion of the designated level of proficiency at the partner language school they can complete the application for admission process to CSM and gain admission to the college.

We’ve also added a Housing page which addresses finding either temporary housing or long term housing. The temporary housing page includes links to search for local hotels to CSM as well as list of area hotels and bus routes/driving directions to the college. The long term housing page provides information on the kind of questions to ask when looking for housing, types of housing, housing terms, and much more.

National Public Radio posted a blog today about  which college majors have the highest earnings in the United States, The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors, In 2 Graphs. According to NPR, a college major plays a bigger role in achieving financial success than which university a student chooses to attend.

The top 3 highest earning majors are: Petroleum Engineering, Health and Medical Preparatory Programs, and Nuclear Engineering. The bottom three lowest earning majors are: Early Childhood Education; Human Services and Community Organizations, and Theology and Religious Vocations.

But money shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing a major! If you’ve ever been to CSM’s Child Development Center you’ll know that having a child smile at you is worth more than a million dollars (and more important too).

If you are interested in attending San Francisco State University, a SFSU International Advisor will be at CSM on Wednesday, October 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet one-on-one with students to answer questions you have about SFSU. If you would like to make a 15 minute appointment to meet individually with the SFSU advisor, please come to the International Student Center or email and provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. G#
  3. Email Address
  4. Phone Number
  5. Preferred appointment time (appointments are every 15 minutes from 11-2 pm)

LOCATION CHANGE!  Due to the large participation, the International Club has moved meeting locations to a larger room.  Join their meetings on Thursday at 1 pm in BUILDING 14, ROOM 117.  Help the club plan activities for International Education Week!