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  1. Definitely agree with everyone that the VIP features helped me a ton! My teachers weren't very good with giving out example IAs and such, so it was really, really helpful to see what sort of work the IB graders were expecting -- especially in History, since I got the least amount of instruction on IAs in that class. I'll probably be contributing some of my better IAs too, now that I'm done (woo!)... But I wanted to wait first and see how they were actually scored It's also been really great meeting students from literally all over the world - really brings the international aspect of IB home.
  2. Session: May 2008 English A1 HL: 7 French B SL: 6 History Euro HL: 6 Biology HL: 6 Chemistry SL: 5 Math HL: 5 EE English A1: A TOK Essay: C EE/TOK Points: 2 Total: 37 Diploma Awarded *^O^* I am still shocked I passed Math HL at all... was seriously praying to get a 2 =X But all in all, I'm just very happy I got my diploma in the end because that means I'm officially done with high school! Congrats to everyone!
  3. Ditto. I opened the test and realized my teacher spent two years teaching us... nothing. I would've done fine on the SL exam, I'm sure, but I really didn't have a clue as to how to start half the HL problems T_T urghhh
  4. Yes, I did make sure I talked about why WWII broke out when it did ... although I'm sure I could've made my arguments a lot stronger =x
  5. Paper 3 - #5, 7, 20 (Italian unification, German unification, causes of WWII). Our history teacher spent two class periods going through really in-depth look at Italian and German unification our last two days of classes, so I think all 61 of us were really prepared for that. And then causes of WWII? How could I resist? =D
  6. Yup, Paper 1 - I chose Section A... because we didn't cover Mao and I chose not to focus my studying on the Cold War =X I think most of the kids in my class chose Section A, but there were a few who had done presentations on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and so, chose Section C. But yeah, Stalin's 5 Year Plans was pretty easy =) Paper 2 - There was pretty much a reverberation of "YES!" in my class too when everyone saw #1 One of my friends actually pumped her fist in the air, and the invigilator started cracking up. So yeah, I wrote on #1 -- I was really excited because I had already written the
  7. Douglas County High School, Colorado, USA, May 2008! Let the testing begin *hyperventilates*
  8. Ahaha, the IB Learner Profile... This year, my IBC got huge posters made of the Profile and had them all hung up in each of the IB classrooms. Nobody pays any attention to them. My sister applied to my school's IB Program this year: Our IBC changed to application to "Choose 2 of the characteristics from the IB Learner Profile and write an essay on how they apply to you" or something along those lines. Basically, while I think the idea of the Profile is quaint, it seems to also discourage what I feel is the very characteristic of IB that differentiates it from AP and all those other programs
  9. Agreed, but alumni connections give you a big boost at most Ivy League schools. I applied to Harvard last fall, got denied, no big surprise there. I think the thing to keep in mind is that Harvard, and most other schools of similar calibre, look for students who are outstanding and show passion for what they do. When we went to visit the school last summer, the admissions officer stressed being "flat-sided," rather than "well-rounded." They'd rather see someone with one or two activities that they put all their time and effort into, and have made some significant contribution in those areas,
  10. HL: I did the poem ("Household goods" by ....? I don't remember the poet's name. Which may be a sign I didn't mention him enough in my essay ). I'm usually better at analyzing prose, but I didn't like the passage they had (something by C.S. Lewis - nothing against him; just didn't like the passage). With the poem, I talked about the personification of the household goods and consequent dehumanization of the human characters. I related it all back to the concept of home versus house... and then somehow strayed into talking about the concept of gods/godliness? I wasn't too happy with that. Oh
  11. Yeah, there's definitely a lot more than just the IB that schools look at, especially the Ivies and those schools that rank equivalent. Last year we had one IB Senior who everyone thought was absolutely brilliant: He was ranked 2nd or 3rd in the class (out of roughly 600), did research in our state universities, was a huge student leader, and everyone (including the Harvard alum interviewer) thought he was going to get into Harvard for certain. He got waitlisted. On the other hand, we had this other IB Senior last year who had a 3.8 GPA, didn't really seem to do much, but was awesome in Speech
  12. ^ I'm pretty sure we are. I used subheadings in my English EE and my advisor said it was perfectly fine. I hope for both our sakes then that she was right
  13. This is our second year with Philosophy at my school. If you take one year it's SL, two years is HL. I'm not sure how that really works out (I don't take the class) since all the Philosophy students are in the same class... But from what I hear from my friends who are taking the class, they all love it. And they've all become obsessed with Plato and <i>The Republic</i> It seems like Philosophy is more focused on examining works by philosophers than TOK is? Or at least at our school, since our TOK classes are really more centered on I guess, more "concrete" (for lack of a better wo
  14. Hmm, hard to say; probably English A1 (even though commentary killed me. I'm good with essays though.) I'm pretty good at Math HL too, but since our teacher doesn't know what he's doing, really, it's hard to judge what my grades in the class will translate to in terms of my IB exam. Likely not good.
  15. ranting? YAAY. I need. First, OMG I SO BOMBED MY UNSEEN TODAY T_____T I got a passage from Shakespeare's Hamlet and I totally thought I was going to be fine, but. Yeah, no. I couldn't focus on my passage for one, because the prep room at my school is so not soundproof. even though they say it is. I could hear every word the person before me was saying...and she got Hamlet too, but a different passage. It took me 10 minutes to actually get through reading me lines T_T And then I went in to record... and talked for 7 minutes. and that was it. Luckily, the teacher was trying to save my butt and a
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