Chiang Mai University is a great place to go to school! The campus was built in the middle of the jungle so it has plenty of trees and other greenery. It’s about a five minute walk to campus from where I live but about a twenty minute walk to my classes. (This is what the dorms look like http://www.uniloft.co.th/location-gallery.php?local= .) During the day now it’s about 80 degrees so the commute isn’t too bad, but in March and April it’s supposed be between 100 and 110 degrees!
School here is run differently from most universities in America. For starters, everyone needs to wear a uniform to class. Girls wear black knee length skirts and a white button down with elephant pins as accessories, while guys wear a white button down, black pants and a purple tie. Before coming I wasn’t sure whether or not this would be a nuisance, but it’s quite nice to not have to think about what to wear in the morning.
Graduation at CMU is also run very differently and lasts all day. Lots of preparation takes place on campus the weeks preceding it. Flowers are planted, students take pictures in their graduation gowns, and all of the departments make banners and decorations for their students. The campus looked even more lively than usual, they really go all out! It was strange to me to see graduation occurring in January, but that’s the only time they can do it. They need to wait for the royal family to attend the graduation ceremony which is why it takes place about 8 months after seniors finish their last classes.
Here are some photos from the CMU library. You need to scan your student ID card to get inside the building. Fun Fact: I found a book (shown below) at the CMU library that we don’t have in the main library at the UofR, I checked!
The pictures below are from the American Corner of the library
A-roy – delicious