Intro to IB Is IB for you? Was IB worth it?

Why do the IB? (from an IB graduate)

I chose the IB because I liked the challenging aspect, which was different from other content-based curriculums. Writing IAs, studying for tests, short-listing possible EE topics, organizing CAS activities, and about a million more things were crossing my mind at the same time. I knew that the IB would teach me multi-tasking and time management, which would help me immensely, for my first-year university courses. The IB prepares you for a realistic university experience and provides an accurate preview of the workload. It probably even makes the transition from high school to university easier. 

The difficulty of IB depends on your subjects, but the IB is definitely very rigorous. You need to try let go of your ‘procrastinator’ instincts in order to make peace with that rigour at the earliest. You are inevitably taught time management by the number of tasks that you’re expected to do. As a student, I always had to-do lists, reminders, and time tables in my room, on my desktop, and even on my laptop through post-its. It is rigorous, but the skills that manifest themselves through that rigour, help you with daily tasks even after you’ve finished the IB. 

Personally, I always kept on reassuring myself that the rigour was for the best. Instead of constantly reminding yourself that the IB is a very ‘difficult’ programme, try telling yourself that it will make you a better student, and a more productive worker. Optimism is the key to get through that rigour without constant reminders and demotivating comments about the IB ‘snatching away sleep’ or ‘robbing students from a life’. It’s all in your mindset; begin with a positive outlook and end with a positive set of skills for you to show off in the professional work environment. 


  1. Thank you so much for the advice about optimism! I’ve signed for the IB and multiple students who’ve signed up for the IB, keep saying things like “Let’s be prepared for the chaos”, “Our sleep will be gone haha”, “We won’t have a life anymore”. It’s been hard to be positive sometimes because of the fact that I am more of a pessimist and I also struggle with procrastination (possibly occurring from my mental health problems). But I really want to enter this programme with a positive mindset in order to succeed. So thank you so much for offering a different perspective! I really appreciate this!

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