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  1. Getting a scholarship for it, yes, is awesome, but actually taking part in the program is the best part. I can say, with no uncertainty, that applying for Shad Valley was the best choice I have ever made, and that month I spent at U of C was probably the best month of my life When you apply, your main focus may be the scholarships you may recieve, but once you're there for a while, you'll get what I mean when I say that the scholarships are a "bonus".
  2. There wasn't any forms to fill out. I know all we did is just put A, B, C, or D beside our preferred unis. I remember we chose the university we wanted to go to when we applied, and when we were accepted they told us which one we were going to. Perhaps they changed the application process, and now they make the choice based on where you live, but I really don't know... The results will take a while, considering applications can be sent in up until mid-January. You'll probably get a letter sent to you telling you your application is in, and then one to tell you whether or not you have been acce
  3. So, I'm a little confused as to exactly what we're supposed to be doing in our Individual Oral Commentaries. We're the first group of IBs going through our school, so our english teacher really knows about as much as we do. In what way is it similar to the Individual Oral Presentations? Is it basically an oral version of a commentary? And does anyone have any examples of IOCs that they'd like to share? Thanks
  4. Shad occurs from July 28 - June 25, so it's for the first month of summer vacation. It did not interfere with my EE (as it was the beginning of summer). Most of the Shads from my campus were grade 11 (so equivalent IB1), with a couple grade 12s and grade 10s. The only problem with going to Shad in IB2 means that it may interfere with university applications and such. Other then that, all you need to take into account is that it is a month long, and that you won't be getting any work outside of Shad done while you're there (the days are packed, from the moment you wake up, until the moment you
  5. Yes! It's an awesome experience! You should sign up for it
  6. No problem. Dalhousie is beautiful, and University of Calgary is just plain INTENSE (yay for Shad inside jokes ). From what I've heard, University of British Columbia is also very awesome. Technically though, you apply for all of the universities: you just list the unis in order of preference.
  7. The competition is not horribly tough, as far as I know. 3 other IB students and a grade 12 student were able to get into the program at my school. There is an application to complete, several essays to write, a recommendation (from a teacher, etc.), and a "creativity project" you have to submit with your registration. From what I remember, you also have to submit your grades from the last 3 years and your current year, and you have to give them an idea of your character: this is all done by filling out an "activities information" sheet, that details your grades, your possible career interests
  8. Think of it this way... You get to spend 27 living in the dorms of a Canadian University. You'll be sleep deprieved (i.e. fall alseep on desks inbetween lectures, etc.) for weeks, and by the end, probably not sleep at all. You'll attend lectures covering many aspects of business and science daily, do some activities you would have never dreamed of, and meet the MOST AMAZING people. It seems like nerd camp... and it is... but it's an amazing experience that you will never forget I know I went through post-Shad withdrawl, and still am... Oh, and it looks awesome on University Applications!
  9. Hey! Who went to Shad Valley this summer and thought it was awesome? I was at the Calgary Campus, and I know it was a great experience (got to meet some fellow IBers, all from different parts of the country, which was cool). Oh, and who's going to the RBC Cup in Waterloo this October?
  10. Hey. I don't know much about your topic, but I'll tell you how I did my presentation. I also don't know if it'll work for you, as it differs from person to person, but let's see... First thing you could do, is go from your Knowledge issue. Do a brainstorm of everything you know about your topic. Ask yourself questions like: Where have I heard about this before? What are the main arguments for and agaisnt? How am I personally connected to the topic? (IB likes it when your give personal examples in your presentation) Who is involved? When was there an event connected to th
  11. So, I'm in the first group of IB students going through my school, and therefore we're all noobs concerning the program. I'm asking for my TOK teacher here. Self-evaluation reports (where you write the paragraph+) for the TOK presentation are still necessary, correct?
  12. Chemistry - Wine making I'm testing the acidity of (red and white) wine through pH and titratable acidity as it ferments and ages. My teachers keep asking for my samples...
  13. [quote name='callum' post='17483' date='May 30 2008, 02:52 AM']It sounds like you've got a good set of knowledge claims and justifications to talk about. It might help to keep you focus on the ways of knowing and the implications of the claims. Also you may want to talk about ethics as an area of knowing. Perhaps talk about utilitarianism: ie. the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. How does video gaming for young kids fit into that? You could mention relativist ethics as well. Good luck. The topic sounds great so you should be fine. I've just finished my prese
  14. Heya. Well, I'm doing my World Literature 2 (comparison) essay on “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima, and “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. We can also do "The Outsider/The Stranger" for our essay, but I want to save that for my commentary (because that book rocks). I'm having quite a bit of trouble (as often is the case when I post on here) with detirmining if my thesis and ideas for a comparison are good enough for this kind of essay. A "working copy" of our essay is due at the end of the school year (June 16), and I'm passing in
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