What is it like to be an Academy of IB student?

I will admit IB was one of the most stressful two years of my life. Anyone who says it was easy either didn’t try or were probably a genius of some sort. However, it was also one of the best decisions I had ever made. I came from a small Christian school where I probably would have been valedictorian, but after freshman year I decided I wanted to challenge myself academically. I am beyond glad I did because going into college has been one of the smoothest transitions I could have imagined. I was prepared for the workload and had a significant understanding of most of the content already. I wrote my 4,000-word essay (the Extended Essay), but in college the longest paper I have written so far has been 400-700 words.

I can also say that I found a great family community in IB. I know that even after years I could probably remember all the jokes we made and all of the acronyms and experiences we had. Not only did I find good friends, I found friends in the teachers. Never have I met people so invested in wanting their students to succeed. Even when we were so annoyed, in the end it was in our best interest because we were pushed to do better than average. The teachers were also just great friends, and I know that if I ever needed anything I could email or call them and they would be extremely happy to help.

Overall I think I bring up IB in conversation at least once every two weeks. When explaining a concept to my friends they listen well because they know I learned it in IB and I know what I’m talking about. I mention that I was in IB to my teachers and some automatically see me as a different student because they know I’m essentially at a different level than my peers. The things I learned in IB will forever be relevant in my college career but also in life. I learned how to be aware of my global surroundings and to care about expanding my horizons. I wouldn’t be the open-minded person I am now without IB. Just know that IB is a true commitment and I wouldn’t do it if you’re not prepared to give it your all.

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