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ACADEMIA NUTS
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Prem asks professionals to come to career day

For and against the “Gap Year”

AP Studio Art gets off the ground

What happened when Einstein met the Prince of Devils?

Prem asks professionals to come to career day

On Friday, November 11, 2005, from 8.30-11.30 a.m. Prem International School will host a Career Day for Grades 10, 11 and 12.

During this time, students will select three or four careers about which they would like to hear presentations, and will want to ask questions about those careers. This is where you come in.

If you would be interested in representing your career or interest on that day, please let Sheryl Cooper know. You would have three to four 30 minute sessions (with different students) in which to give a short presentation and to subsequently answer questions.

Many of you are involved in fascinating areas and our students can learn a lot from you. This time can be a real turning point in the students’ lives because of your input.

We would like to be able to get the following: Film industry (anything-Director, Producer, camera people, etc.), Medical Doctor or Dentist (trained overseas), Psychiatrist/Psychologist/Counselor, Architect and Interior design.

Please email your interest or give Sheryl a call as soon as possible. Dr. Sheryl Cooper, College Counselor, 0 5330 1500 ext. 5350 or e-mail: [email protected]


For and against the “Gap Year”

Jon Hartmann, College Counselor CMIS

For students fed up with school and unable to “switch on” to the new challenge of college, the “Gap Year” has always been an attractive alternative. It can also hold an attraction for students with non-academic ambitions who don’t want to put off any longer the things they want to do. It’s the year to do all the things school got in the way of such as travel, service (both home and abroad) and earning money. Students from CMIS have worked on NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations that do humanitarian work), traveled on sailing ships and worked in the United States to get money for college during their Gap Year.

John Hartmann, CMIS College Counselor

At its best, the Gap Year can re-motivate you for study, give you experience in your vocational interest and put money in your pocket. You can go to college older, wiser and richer! Surely this is good?

As a career counselor, I have always strongly cautioned students about taking a Gap Year. To get anywhere in life a degree is an important starting point. Anything that delays or risks that has to be treated with caution. Here are some points against a Gap Year.

1. You forget many of your skills and basic study habits. Remember coming back to school after the summer break? It was only eight weeks and it takes a while to get back into things. Imagine coming back after 52 weeks to a whole higher level of challenge. Imagine two years out of the academic system?

2. You can get sidetracked in a Gap Year. This may not necessarily be bad but it needs to be thought about. One student who could have been an engineer became a supermarket manager because he worked so well there in his Gap Year that he was offered a permanent job on good money. He took it! Other students have got sidetracked into numerous adventures that really do not advance them and have never made it back to college. The danger is that the Gap Year never ends!

3. It’s harder to research colleges, enroll, get teacher and counselor’s references when you are out of the school system. Once you break away from your school, teachers may leave, records are not as fresh, references may lack spark, scholarships may be not available, and you might have earned too much for financial aid. I recommend all Grade 12’s to apply for colleges that allow you to defer for one year if they are going to take a Gap Year. That way you are already in college during your Gap Year and have completed all the paperwork at school with help available. Imagine trying to do that from a tropical island in the South Pacific! Having only a one-year deferral forces you back into the system after one year.

4. Finally, consider delaying the Gap Year till you have your Bachelor’s degree. You might just get more out of it and be better able to function at 21 years of age with a degree under your belt. You can still achieve all the benefits of a Gap Year without any of the risks.

Consider a Gap Year very carefully. Just because you don’t know what you want in life doesn’t mean you should not go to college. Decisions about majors can be delayed up to two years in most colleges. If you have always been a good student with a great record and know you are not ready for college, chances are you will handle the Gap Year and get back to college the better for it. If you are not a steady student, then guard yourself against the pitfalls of the Gap Year. Get enrolled and defer if you can but keep your skills fresh by taking a few classes and reading constantly. Delay college only if there is a realistic, provable positive outcome.

I caution all students to be very careful before taking a Gap Year. There are considerable risks!


AP Studio Art gets off the ground

Kath Phillips

The opportunity to follow an Advanced Placement course in Studio Art has been offered for the first time this year by APIS and has been enthusiastically taken up by three of our Grade 12 students.

Still life in pencil by May Zaw.

The AP Art Program is intended to provide higher education in the Arts: it introduces students to College level art classes while still at school. AP Art is specifically for those who might seek to follow a studio art course as an elective at college or who wish to pursue a career in Art or Design.

The girls explained that most of this quarter has been an introduction to a wide range of artistic media, tools and techniques, giving them opportunities to develop their own artistic style. There will be greater independence, more responsibility and more opportunity to experience the skills and stresses that make the working life of artists.

Recently, the girls went to Bangkok to meet representatives of American and Canadian Art Institutes. They took their developing portfolios along and were able to receive comments on their work, and guidance about how to improve their presentation of it. They learnt about application and admissions procedures and a little about the complexities of obtaining a visa to study overseas.

The APIS mission statement recognizes the importance of nurturing creativity and independence and of helping students prepare for global transition to further education opportunities: that’s just what this course and the way it is taught manages to achieve. We look forward to great results later in the year.


What happened when Einstein met the Prince of Devils?

Kad Suan Kaew

National Science Museum (NSM) is celebrating the centenary of world physics by encouraging every region of Thailand to organize various activities. These include talks with athletes who have received Olympic gold medals, science shows, games and competitions, and notably a play entitled “When Einstein met the Prince of Devils”.

The play is a cooperation between NSM and New Heritage Drama Troupe headed by Chonprakan Janruang, and is designed as a dialog between science and art. It will be staged four times in Chiang Mai, on November 12 at 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. and on November 13 at 1.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Venue is the Kad Theater at Kad Suan Kaew Department Store. Entry is free, just ask for a ticket at the public relations counter on the ground floor.



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