As a child, it feels as though having to learn how to spell an eight-letter word for english class in a week, is the biggest feat one will ever have to face in their lifetime. Sadly mistaken, a child will grow up, each day seemingly more difficult than the next in homework load land. Once hitting what you’re told will be the “best four years of your life,” one will wonder where the time to make those memories is between the homework, due dates, and extra curriculars.
In ISKL, the choice between the AP and IB curriculum is something that stares its students in the eye. The middle school curriculum and two years leading up the choice, grooms students into the IB pathway. Some students feel as though they are not allowed to choose the AP, as many parents believe it’s the easy way out. Fortunately, that is not completely correct, as both have its strengths and weaknesses and cause mass hysteria within all its students during exam season.
The idea of work, free time, and extra curriculars co-existing is almost as impossible as not crying at least once through the duration of the 2-year programmes. Seniors, or 12th graders, seem to have it the worst, as along with all three parts that make up their life, deadlines for final projects and college applications cease to make it possible to finish everything in a timely manner. Especially given the fact that there are limited hours given after school before a student seemingly needs at least 10 minutes of sleep to function. Maya, grade 12, a four-year varsity touch rugby and cross country athlete, and full IB diploma student, seems to have mastered the art of focusing on the even more limited hours to complete her work while also studying for big tests. “When I get home around 7, it kind of forces me to do my work, but when I go home at 3, I start procrastinating for like, 3 hours until I actually start doing my work.” Amir, also a senior but taking IB certificates, and a varsity footballer, found that “football really made me work harder, usually I would come home at 3 and procrastinate for like, 3 hours, but football really made me work when I came home around 7.” It could be that the solution to the disease many people on Earth face, procrastination, is to give yourself so little time to complete so much that you’re forced to, regardless of how much that game of words with friends is calling your name, or those unopened snapchat stories are waiting to be tapped through.
Many of the IB deadlines students in ISKL face, are set by ISKL in order to pan them out and have everything ready by May of the second year of IB exams. While many internal assessments are due in the first semester of the second year, and oral assessments and papers are closer to graduation, the first year of IB is for the most part, just being taught material and becoming very familiar with the six chosen subjects. Baptiste, a full IB diploma student in 12th grade, reflects on what he would change about the diploma to eliminate major stress. “I would perhaps try to have some IA deadlines in the first year, because the second year – the first semester of second year is very crowded for IA deadlines, and it’s kind of tense.” For many, this deems true as perhaps the organisation of resources and time was not completely evident, he adds “as long as you’re organized, it’s fine.”