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High School preparation for college/university?

U8 soccer tournament – CDSC wins ice cream!

International Day brings together foreign students at CMU

Prem’s Arts Festival 2005

CMU rounds up 2005 and looks towards big changes next year

Hair-raising way of fund raising is a cut above the rest

High School preparation for college/university?

Jon Hartmann, College Counselor, CMIS

High School students have to make themselves into University students in a short period of time. They have to step up to a whole new level. Usually by 18 years of age this step is welcomed by students tired of being “school kids” and anxious to both act and be treated like adults. A great deal of personal adjustment has to take place to deal with the freedom and independence of College life. Here are some ways to prepare while still at school.

Firstly find out what colleges and universities want from a High School student. Most want students of good character who have successfully completed tough courses and been good citizens of their school. Some universities, particularly in the UK , want only good grades. Others in the USA might be looking for character and not worrying as much about GPA’s and SAT. Some even advertise that they are prepared to give students a second chance if
they have not performed well so far.

Whatever the personal requirements, you will need to start to take responsibility for your curriculum and studies like a college student. Learn to discuss grades with teachers, ask for clarification and organize appointments to discuss any difficulties you may have. Start to take control and take responsibility for yourself. By all means attend parent /teacher nights with your parents and discuss your progress with your teachers. This is a step towards taking
full control of your study. Many good schools encourage this process with Seniors and some begin it in grade 9.

To prepare yourself for success, good study skills and habits are essential and nothing prepares you as well for this as taking tough courses. What is a Tough Course? Some schools run educational programs that have an international reputation for being tough. The IB or International Baccalaureate is an example of a course that is recognized for its “toughness” as well as its educational value. Other such courses are the English “A” levels and the Australian High School Certificate. In the American system AP subjects give your course academic toughness. AP or Advanced Placement courses are actual college courses taught at High School.

Some parents and students worry about which High School credential is the best and what credential will be the best to get into University. Remember, universities have been taking international students with an amazing variety of credentials for many years. They know how to work it out so that your credential is comparatively rated against another. It is interesting to know that for entry to European universities 4 AP subjects with scores of 3 to 5 and an SAT of 1300 equal an IB Diploma.

Your college counselor should be able to tell you what specific standard
you need in the Schools credentialing system to go where you want to go. Finding this information out as soon as possible is a wise move. If you are unsure of what course you want to do then do the hard tough classes that are prerequisites for tough university courses and you will end up with a huge choice of courses at the end of grade 12.

Other factors for entry to colleges in the USA are
the points written as guidelines by colleges for the counselor’s evaluation
of you such as intellectual promise, motivation, maturity, integrity, independence, originality, initiative, leadership potential, capacity for growth, special talents, enthusiasm, concern for others, respect accorded to you and reactions to setbacks. Think about each one of these points and see how you can develop them in your life. If you have been a “complete” student, involved in the fullness of school life as well as its academic life, you should score well on all of these points. Let’s look more closely at a few other things you can do

1. Have you visited the campus, do you know about it, have you spoken to people there? This indicates enthusiasm and commitment. It shows you are acting like a college student already.

2. A special talent! Get in touch with the university department or club that caters for it. We have all heard stories of the oboe player who got into Harvard because they needed one for their orchestra.

3. Write a thoughtful original essay. Get your counselor to help you with this but make sure you use your own thoughts and words. Remember Admission Officers can access your SAT essay so be careful what you write in these. They are not confidential.

4. Your counselor may be rung up if your admission is borderline. Make sure he or she knows you well enough to speak on your behalf. Give your counselor a list of all the extra curricular things you have done.

5. Work experience in your subject area. As well as galvanizing your choice of career, work experience shows the seriousness with which you approach your life and future career.

6. Be different! Admission officers have always liked students who have had amazing experiences and want them on their campuses. Colleges in the USA have been fascinated by our students who helped in Tsunami relief. One boy from Afghanistan who was interrogated twice by the Taliban and who had seen Bin Laden’s camp was made verbal offers of large financial aid on the spot by a top US college.


U8 soccer tournament – CDSC wins ice cream!

Marcel Strecker

The enthusiastic little players getting a High Five from the coach.

One of the biggest soccer tournaments between the international Schools in Chiang Mai took place at Grace International School (GIS). The teams were well prepared through previous matches during the past months and were all excited!

Apart from the two teams from GIS, there were the Lanna International School, (LIST), Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Prem School and also a team from the German Christian School Chiang-mai (CDSC). All had sent their best players at the age of 8 and below.

It was fun and very exciting to watch this bunch of youngsters play, cheer and wiggle their way through the various matches. The highlight of the day was the final game between the boys of CMIS and CDSC. Both teams played really well but in the end the CDSC won the tournament with a clear 4-0 success. The third place was taking by the boys from one GIS team followed by the LIST.

Right after the last games, the players were waiting and hoping for some sort of recognition from the organisers but sadly none of them showed up and no trophy, badge or anything else was given to any team. Luckily some parents felt for the
unhappy winners and invited them to have some icecream.

But in a nutshell, it was a great day. All players were really into playing and cannot wait to continue the fun at the upcoming Futsal tournament in May 2006.


International Day brings together foreign students at CMU

Saksit Meesubkwang

Chiang Mai University held its International Day on December 7, designed for foreign students and with staff of the various foreign consulates that are stationed in Chiang Mai also attending. The event was led by CMU president Prof Dr Pongsak Angkasit.

Traditional food show of each country

Dean of International Relations and the Special Affairs Faculty Rome Chiranukrom said that CMU wants its students who have traveled from their home countries to feel fully at home and integrated in the university. This is the third occasion that International Day has been held, and the university intends to make this a regular event every two years.

There are currently 300 foreign students throughout the various faculties, along with 100 foreign members of staff.

CMU has a working relationship with 143 universities around the world. Many of these send exchange students. There are at present 40 exchange students from Ohio University, in the USA, studying at CMU. There are also a large number of Japanese students, and many countries show great interest in the exchange scheme every year.

International Day included a show by students of the Fine Arts Faculty. Students from many countries including Japan, America, Africa and Laos prepared their traditional food for guests to taste, and there was a stage show featuring national dress.

CMU president, Foreign Consuls, and foreign students took photo together.

The show of CMU students that meaning to the world is one


Prem’s Arts Festival 2005

Tara Colen

This year’s Arts Festival had as its theme “Home,” which is a somewhat fluid concept for students at Prem Tinsulanonda International School. Students used this important premise to combine dance, drama, film, music, and sculpture. Instead of the typical school musical acted out on stage in an auditorium, the Arts Festival had a number of unique venues. The audience was split up into two groups and brought around campus to various outdoor locations to watch performances, with the auditorium being used merely as a bypass to get from one side of the campus to another.

The finale of Arts Festival 2005 included a performance by the choir and an A Capella group.

The night began with a riveting performance called “Walls Collapse,” by the Senior Dance Troupe. The idea behind this dance was that although a physical house can be welcoming, prejudice can cause people to use houses, or walls, in an exclusive, divisive manner. The dance also envisioned spiritual homes as solace where a diversity of people is welcomed.

The night also included a drama troupe performing “Suli’s Flight” within the unfinished cluster apartments of Prem. “Suli’s Flight” was an improvisation with a collage of sounds and images portraying Suli, the protagonist, escaping her war-ravaged home in Cambodia to a refugee camp across the border.

In a courtyard venue, several Grade 10 students combined music and drama to perform movements exploring “Different Views” of people in Thailand. Korean students offered excitement with a thunderous drum call by the light of torches. Senior art students showed off their creation of a bamboo house (with the help of installation artist, Markus Heinsdorff).

Grade 10 students wrap themselves up in green fabric during the “Different Views” performance.

The Arts Festival also included a film presentation created by several students and staff about a boy who decides to flee the home of his abusive uncle and finds himself in the opening arms of strangers. A unique representation of “Little Red Riding Hood” by the 8th Grade was included in the Festival. Students using their bodies to physically show every single object in the story.

Drama teacher Maurice Halder, who helped coordinate the night, commented, “For me the great thing about working on this Festival was the way it was put together creatively. Through collaboration of both staff and students working together, we were able to devise a completely original performance. The closing image of everyone on stage ‘building’ that bamboo structure was a strong metaphor of the experience as whole. It has been a great introduction to Prem for me; guiding the audience to places they might never have been to. Perhaps parents and others in the audience gained a different perspective on not only the layout of the school but also what the students are capable of achieving.”

Prem’s Art Festival 2005 concluded with a melding of performers and audience in the amphitheatre to celebrate diversity, community, and the power of collaborative endeavor. With the Senior Choir and an A Capella group to set the mood, there was a symbolic weaving together of music and movement to raise up a wooden structure representing a home, with the finale showing people working together to make a place called “home”.


CMU rounds up 2005 and looks towards big changes next year

Saksit Meesubkwang

Chiang Mai University wound up the year on December 15 with its annual press briefing, led by the president and vice pre sidents, and with department heads and representatives of student bodies also present.

Group of administrators of CMU make annual press conference 2005

Students who had completed their bachelor degrees, master degrees and doctorates were listed, there were awards for prominent alumni, and also for tutors who had made outstanding progress on research projects.

The change of status of CMU under the control of the government has already cleared the House of Representatives and the Senate and is expected to come into force from the beginning of 2006.

Each faculty is to provide an orientation course that will help newly graduating students to better understand the markets for their skills and thus enable them to find employment more easily.

During the 2006 academic year, CMU will establish a Mass Communications Faculty that will prepare young people for a career in the media, public relations, or in community services. Mass communications as a discipline has for the past 40 years been taught under the Faculty of Social Science, but recently alumni and students have been pressing for their own mass communications faculty, citing the successful careers that can be enjoyed in this field. Courses will be to both bachelor and master level.

CMU is currently rated number four amongst Thailand’s universities on a general academic basis. It rates number three for its Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine.


Hair-raising way of fund raising is a cut above the rest

Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student Trainee MFLU)

Auction activity went joyfully; got a lot of interest from parents and students.

Chiang Mai International School came up with a novel way of raising funds to purchase new equipment by offering to shave the heads of the highest bidders during a special hair-cutting auction.

Students, teachers and parents gathered at in the school playground at 3 pm on December 13 for this unusual style of fund raiser. Nine people were wielding the shaving tackle, six students and three teachers, with the winning bidders
lining up to lose their hair.

More than 30 people had their heads shaved in an atmosphere of great amusement and at the end of the day 3,420 baht had been collected. All of this money will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the school.

Atmosphere of shaving off hair auction activity for school equipments fund; the bidding winner was shaving for the volunteer.