So I have officially completed the first year of the IB program, DP1.
Oh, what a ride it has been; I mean it was real and it was fun but it wasn't 'real fun'. All jokes aside, it has been a tough year and I feel I have learnt a lot, and I'd like to note some of the most important lessons yet.
1. That your mental health can have a great impact on your academic career. Summed up: I went through a rough period during the autumn term, and the beginning of the spring term. And as my mental health improved, I noticed the increase of quality of my work. You should not put your mental health on the side, deal with it as diligently and time efficiently as possible.
2. Keeping up with homework is hard, though very worth it. The homework is basically a variation of studying, which one has to do as a high school student.
3. You will break down if you try the "study the night before" method. Don't do it, just don't. You honestly will regret it at like 3-4 o'clock in the morning when you feel half dead.
4. To keep my notes organised. The stuff we work with does come up constantly. For example in psychology most of the studies we have worked with come up in later topics.
5. Time efficiency is an art. Saying you are going to do something is one thing, actually doing it is another. It can honestly be really hard to calculate time, some people are better at it than others. When it comes to the work load, one wants to have time for completing it as well outside things like friends and hobbies. incorporating all into a schedule is super tough, yo.
6. To not listen to negative comments. They can easily lead you astray. If you are taking the program you will make sure you complete it whether or not "Kimmy" says it is hard or "Joshua" has some sort of tactic to make the work load easier. Just do what you are told.
7. IB is worth it. I have learnt a lot on both academic and personal levels. It really does shape you into an internationally minded citizen.
If you are taking the IB I hope that you are strapped in for an exciting ride, and good luck!