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College Fair at Prem a success

CMIS students go green for a day

Online services make life easier for students

College Fair at Prem a success

Jon Hartmann,
Career Counselor

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.

More 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 event!
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
Development Project.

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 arrangement.”
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, mobile, etc.).
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 website? Done.