A JOURNEY TO REMEMBER
A JOURNEY TO REMEMBER
IB is often described as “hard but interesting” or “stressful but worth it”. It is definitely a journey to remember. It’s not every day that one can extract TOK knowledge, Theory of Knowledge, questions from one’s daily life, clutch one’s brain for eight hours straight of concentration and do multiple wellplanned presentations within a week. IB has given us many opportunities to be knowledgeable through textbooks with thousand of pages to fill our small minds with endless knowledge, to be risk takers in trying to find new strategies and ideas for completing our assignments to the best of our abilities on time, and to be thinkers in trying to apply our critical and creative thinking in our everyday subjects such as TOK. The change from Grade 10 to Year 1 IB is definitely significant; it suddenly occurred to that boredom is out of reach.
TOK, short for “Theory of Knowledge”, is a subject that requires students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, or “the meaning of life”. I’ve never encountered a subject like this before IB because no subject has ever had me clutching my head for hours and hours trying to wrack my brain for answers but still drowning in an ocean full of paradoxes and unanswered questions. Aside from working my brain to the core with English essays, math exercises, etc, I get to be involved in CAS activities to make my IB life more interesting! CAS - “Creative , Activity, Service”, I have achieved the IB Learner Profile trait of being “balanced” as I balance my never-ending academic studies with neverending fun such as band, sport teams and of course, spreading awareness of world issues ! IB has taken part of my life and filled it with valuable knowledge such as applying ways of knowing in TOK to real life situations. For example, “imagination” when I solve my math problems with many possible answers and producing a well-written and structured essay in a sufficient amount of time. Despite the many struggles I had to face in IB, it has taught me to develop the learning skills of self-management and communication which will play a critical role in my future success.
Lily Ton Nu - IB Class of 2018