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A Grade 11 IB Diploma Candidate's Reflection on the IB Programme

by Madison Adams Alexander - Friday, November 25, 2016

Considering this is the year we celebrate 30 years of the International Baccalaureate Programme at Saint John High School, it can be said that IB has most definitely developed a reputation. With 5,907 programmes being offered worldwide according to its official website, IB is recognized by many nations and still, its reputation has a tendency to remain the same no matter which student you ask. In any country, in any school, any student enrolled in the IB Programme is likely to summarize their experiences in the same, single adjective: hard.

While the IB Programme is without any doubt the most rigorous and challenging academic programme available to students around the world and this fact is not usually disputed, it is in what IB gives us, not how it challenges us where we find our own personal reasons for becoming and most times, remaining an IB student. IB students know and see value in pushing harder and going further because while your muscles may ache and your head may be pounding as you run that extra mile, the euphoria of coming across the finish line radiates long

after the ache disappears and the pulsing adrenaline through your veins silences your mind. It is for the same reason that wars are fought or protests are held, simply put on a smaller scale; we do it because what we receive in succeeding outweighs what we give in trying.

While the prospect of less work, more sleep and easier achievements becomes exceedingly more tempting when one is enrolled in the IB Programme, it is in knowing that those who work harder go further that we each find our own reasons to keep going. The only things that come easy are the things which we already know; if we do not attempt the difficult things for fear of failure or lack of motivation then we never truly learn anything new.

Those of you who have completed IB can understand why current students continue to take on this challenge but the students who have not yet decided whether or not IB is for them, I suggest you forget about the possibility of failure and find your personal motivation. While IB may be a daunting task, I encourage you not to let being daunted keep you from all that IB has to offer, because you, much like the IB Programme, are more than a single adjective.