Today we have a very special treat for you on the IB Student Chronicle: we interviewed a recent IB Diploma graduate (class of 2022) from Glen A. Wilson High school, Rani! Rani is going to be attending Stanford University in the fall and has many valuable things to say about her experience in IB! We hope you enjoy hearing from Rani as much as we did!
1. How would you describe IB in three words?
Friends. Intellectuals. Chaotic (in the best way)
2. What differences can an IB student expect between IB Year 1 and Year 2?
Hmm, that’s a good question. Keep in mind I was online for Yr 1 and took the non-exam route — honestly, year two was much more fun because everyone in the DP program has the same classes so we got to talk to each other all day. In terms of workload: the IAs and essays were heavier in quantity so finishing them early over the summer was a very good idea. Also, this is very dependent on the teacher but as an IB student, your teachers will be much more understanding about late class assignments than, say another honors class because IB work takes priority over daily assignments.
3. What advice do you have for incoming IB students?
Use YR 1 to figure out what study method/essay outline structure works for you, and work smarter not harder.
4. What was your favorite part about IB?
The PEOPLE. It’s a small tight knit group of people :)
5. What is your favorite memory from your experience in the IB Diploma program?
I don’t have a favorite haha — more a collection of good memories that made the Glen A. Wilson High School IB a pleasurable program. I definitely loved my IB teachers Mrs. Casey and Ms. Rouw’s YUMMY food/birthday traditions. I still have my birthday certificate that Ms. Rouw gave me earlier this year.
As you can see from our past couple of articles, IB is an experience that will give you very special memories and bonds that you will cherish long after high school! A big thank you to Rani for sharing her experience: wishing you all the best on behalf of Glen A. Wilson High School's IB class of 2023, Rani!