Hey everyone! This blog is especially for the newbies in IB. Right now, you all may be thinking that IB is a breeze, and some of you may be thinking that you've gone in way over your head. Neither one of these beliefs is wholly true; your junior year is a time to accommodate yourself to the program without being overloaded with things to do. There's probably more to your classes now than you've ever had to do before, but there's no need to stress or worry: everything will work out with hard work and patience. Oh, and planning. If you don't have a planner, it's best you get one. At times there will be so many things due that if you don't have things written down, you'll get very, very lost. But IB isn't about stress and it's not about weighing you down like a pack mule: it's about learning. You're in IB for a reason, and hopefully that reason is to learn (and not, "I talked to my counselor about taking Spanish once in eighth grade and then all of a sudden in junior year here I am!"). The center of IB is learning; sometimes your teachers might give you too much homework, or your school won't give you the exact classes you ask for, but IB will give you beyond enough to learn. Besides pure, knowledgeable learning, you'll also be getting great planning and discussion skills. Writing papers in history and having daily oral talks with your English teacher will prepare you on how to defend yourself in the real world (because IB (WeB?) living in the real world). Your frantic scribbling during a Psych test or your calm Spanish presentations are all going to help you, not only in life but especially in college (because you'll only get one hour to write a novel(ish) in college). It might seem unfair that the CP kids get three days to take a test, but you have to remember that you want to learn; what you have to remember is the skills you're establishing and growing now in the back-breaking days of IB are going to go so much further than just helping you: they're preparing you, and teaching you too. Hopefully, you see grades not as a goal but a sign of achieving your goals; you're not really interested in learning if you're just trying for a grade. What IB wants from you is not memorization, but real, true knowledge. Sometimes, that knowledge might not seem enough, but if you work hard enough and keep a light heart, IB, and the world, can never interfere with your goals.
You guys are all incredibly lucky, and wise, to have taken the IB course. If you keep your heart and mind in it, nothing will block your way.
P.S. If you ever want study tips or planning training, I would love to help you! IB is a journey best traveled with friends."