Thank goodness it's over.
As IB (International Baccalaureate) scores have just recently been released. All the open-minded, caring, balanced, reflective, knowledgeable, principled, communicative, inquisitive thinkers and risk-takers out there are relieved (to say the least) that it is all over. Despite the long nights, extra caffeine, excessive past papers, Internal Assessments, oh and don't forget those convoluted knowledge questions, we must have learned something.
- Never, ever try to write a paper in one night not a TOK (Theory of Knowledge) essay, much less the extended essay. Don't try. Just don't.
- Proofreading is the key to success. There's is always room for improvement. Actually print the essay out and cover it with red pen. You're smarter than your first draft.
- All-nighters simply aren't worth it. We should've studied a little every day/week. (For the procrastinators out there, this sounds physically impossible.)
- Exams are less daunting-- after you've taken about 20 of them.
- Writing CAS reflections taught you to write about the most insignificant event of your life as if it were the next cover story for Time Magazine.
- We became more analytical after hours of TOK, even if we liked it or not.
- Our country's opinion will not always be right, but that does not necessarily mean it is outright wrong. Listen to those of others because they might change your outlook on life.
- Occasionally, magic does happen--especially upon receiving IB scores.
So, cheers to no more IB and hopefully a lot less stress ...
This article was originally published on the Odyssey: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/learned-international-baccalaureate-ib