Life as an IB student

Frist hand experiences from an IB student


Elizabeth Morris, Staffer

As a freshman starting in the International Baccalaureate (IB), I will say that IB is not for everyone. For the four years of high school, you’ll be put through several papers, assessments, and more vigorous work. Doing these tasks are more than manageable if you really want to do it. The work will be nothing but to challenge you to think outside of the box and bring up new ideas that have not yet been thought of.

In IB you’re required to write IA’s in your classes which are also known as internal assessments, these focus on organizing, structuring, and labeling content in a effective and suitable way. You are also required to write and EE also known as an extended essay. The EE is an independent, self-directed piece of research based off of one of the 6 subjects, this paper will be written in your junior year.

Many people wonder what’s the point of IB or what’s the difference between IB and early college. IB enables students to direct their own learning pathways and develop skills that you need in order to thrive through college. The difference between early college and IB is in IB you get global recognition at any college and is an immediate look at if it’s included on your college application whereas early college you graduate with and AA degree and continue college after.

The biggest question when asked about IB is how one manages your social life. For me and many of my peers managing my social life is easy. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to not let IB take over your life. Allow yourself to still hang out with your friends and play sports or be involved in clubs. Don’t stop doing what your passionate about just because of IB or you will drown in your work. IB is a great program to go into if you need a challenge and want to be college ready.