It’s official! I am a ‘IB kid,’ as they say in my school. I’m shooting for an IB diploma, so that means that I have to take IB English, Math, a world language (French in my case), history, chemistry or bio (I went for Chem), Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts/ ITGS (a computer software class thing, I went for visual arts.)
Apparently, with IB, you have to do community service, which isn’t exactly my thing, but I’m sure I can handle it.
So, why did I choose to do IB?
I chose IB because in my school, there’s no such thing as honors classes for 11th and 12th grade. From the beginning of freshman year, students, such as myself, have to decide if they want to take AP/IB courses, opt for college prep classes in the junior/senior year.
Not to be stereotypical or anything, but, I’m Asian, and my mom raised me to only go for the best, and from what I’ve heard from my Asian friends, it seems like their parents raised them like that too. So I decided to do IB.
Committing to IB from freshman year is hard. As a freshman, students have to double up in science if they’re committed to getting the diploma, and if they want to take Higher Level math, they have to double up on math classes too. Or you can be silly like me and take it easy freshman year, then double up in math AND science sophomore year (no, it was not that fun). Also, there’s no flexibility whatsoever in when you can take IB classes because there’s such a small group of people who do it, let alone go for the full diploma.
AP is a bit easier, but you still have to double up in those classes if you want to take AP courses relevant to those subjects. There’s a lot more flexibility in the courses because there’s a larger number of people who take AP courses.
But with Both IB and AP, you can get college credits for the courses you take, granted that the college you plan on going to will accept them, and that you score well enough in those exams.
So what’s the difference? With IB, it’s more open-ended, whereas with AP, its multiple choice. So, depending on which you’re more comfortable with, you take the one which suits you better.
Did I mention that doing IB is like survival of the fittest? From what I’ve heard from other people, it will make you cry, especially if you procrastinate. A lot of people in my school do drop out from the program, which does go to show.
But through all the blood sweat and tears, the IB kids (what’s left of them) cleaned house at the award ceremonies. Our Poet Laureate, Erika Mayer, basically got all the awards + a Yale book award. Two IB kids even got $10,000 scholarships to the New College in Florida, should they choose to go there.
I think that the questions that remain for me now are, will I survive IB?, will I pass the IB exams? and Will I score well enough to get college credits?
Only time will tell…