College Fair at Prem a success
A large crowd of mainly International students attended the annual College
Fair at PTIS earlier this month. This year the Linden Tour of Asia attended
the Fair which brought the number of Universities attending up to 43. The
428 students who registered discovered some good courses and good schools
among the many colleges present. Students talked and mingled as they
discovered medicine at Creighton and Ohio, marine biology at Oregon State,
fine arts and design at many schools, and subjects and courses that were new
to them. This Fair was free and widely advertised and all the schools both
international and Thai students received invitations to attend.
than 43 colleges and university representatives were on hand to provide
students details on their educational programs.
Advice and help was offered through ACE education USA who conducted
interesting seminars on how to choose the right University and how to
finance it. The auditorium at Prem was transformed into a fountain of
knowledge as information was exchanged. Outside there was Nacha coffee,
Bake’n Bite snacks and Buonissimo pizza to eat while Prem student Art,
(already accepted into music at ANU) played classical guitar. It was a fun
After an hour or two and loaded down with handbooks, promotional material
and heads buzzing with dreams of overseas universities, students left to
ponder their future. The Fair was conceived as a service to the young people
of Chiangmai to help them with career decisions. From the conversations and
responses of students everywhere, it certainly did that! To be able to talk
directly to universities without leaving Chiangmai certainly was an initial
shock to our students but they soon got used to it.
At Prem as part of the career education program, all the grade 10, 11 and 12
students were required to attend and talk to a minimum of five universities,
a task that turned out to be easy. What will come out of an event like this?
Students are now much more college/university and course aware. Many now
have feasible, realistic options and are thinking of practical things like
visas and accommodation. Getting the right course at the right University
for you is an extremely important activity that could well heavily influence
your future success in life. The Prem International College Fair helped many
young people in Chiangmai make that right decision.
CMIS students go green for a day
Some of the members of the CMIS Planeteers,
together with teacher
Martin Foakes and parent/advisor Rick Burnette of Uplands Holistic
Jinny Na Srito, Planeteer
Several weeks ago, the Planeteers organized a “40 Hour Focus,” a day
the CMIS students commonly called “Green Day.” Prior to this event,
different members of the Planeteers held assemblies, activities and speeches
about the importance of being environmentally aware. At these assemblies,
the Planeteers talked about ideas ranging from the simple act of making a
shower five minutes shorter than your usual time, to shaking your head and
saying “mai ow toong plastic krup” at local stores. Before departing the
assemblies, all students and staff were asked to wear the color green on the
morning of the 40 Hour Focus, as a way of showing the community their
perceptible care for the world.
Planeteer and CMIS senior Tobias Trebing said, “I am anxious about the
number of students who would actually participate in the wearing of green
Friday morning, however, the CMIS student body completely lightened Tobias’s
worries. When the Planeteers came to school, they saw the heartwarming sight
of 90 percent of the learning population and staff wearing the color green.
Later that afternoon, everybody was enthusiastic when it came to the weekly
“Friday Noon Activity,” a recycling game called “Tree of Life,” invented by
9th Grade student, Arada (Darling) Arayawuth. That evening, the CMIS student
council held their first “Movie Night,” and was attended by 78 students.
Before the main feature, a few environmental clips were played, generating
constant jaw-dropping moments.
During the first week of October, high school students followed up on the 40
Hour Focus by going into elementary classrooms to hand out eco-friendly
prizes to all those students who changed their environmental behavior during
the previous weekend. All in all, if anything was learned from this
experience, it was that the Chiang Mai community could easily promote
similar attention-generating activities, and that as concerned members of
the community, we can all easily contribute to improving our environment.
Online services make
life easier for students
Mid-term exams are coming. Missed class but don’t have
time to copy your friend’s notes? Want a one-stop online shop for reference
information? Need to define a word super fast? Can’t seem to fit in your
daily dose of “War and Peace?” Need extra help with your Spanish vocabulary?
There is a website out there that can help — and it’s free!
Overnight stays in the campus library are fast becoming ancient history
thanks to numerous websites that offer college students quick and easy
access to information, resources and tools designed to make college life
easier for students — without costing them a penny.
BBC.co.uk/languages/ - BBC Languages offers resources in multiple languages
including Spanish, Mandarin, English, French, German and more - resources
include MP3 downloads, tutorials, and testing.
DailyLit.com - Need help managing your reading schedule? DailyLit will send
you regular installments of your latest reading by email (on your PC,
PinkMonkey.com - Over 450 free study guides, book notes, book reviews,
online chapter summaries, and analysis for literature.
Qipit.com - Turns any camera phone into a mobile scanner so you can convert
photographs of documents (like class notes or whiteboards) into easy-to-read
PDFs that can be saved online, or emailed or faxed right from your phone to
friends who missed class.
Ninjawords.com - This free online dictionary emulates three ninja
characteristics - they’re smart, they’re accurate, they’re really fast.
Plus, everyone likes ninjas.
Refdesk.com - Interested in learning the value of a dollar in Mongolia, how
to make soap by hand, what happened on this date 20 years ago, which are the
top 100 US newspapers, and the definition of “omniscient” - all on one