To IB or Not to IB

At this time of the year students all around the world are making the decision

of whether or not to do IB. IB, or International Baccalaureate, is an educational

foundation founded in 1968. The headquarters of the organization are in Geneva,

Switzerland, but the program is offered in schools all around the world. Students

can choose to do full IB, where they take all their classes based on the International

Baccalaureate curriculum or Certificate/Partial IB, where they take one to three

classes. Whether students choose to take full or partial IB, the program is the most

rigorous education system in the world and doing it is not easy. There is not doubt it

is extremely beneficial and helps students develop a lot of skill that are very helpful

in college and life. But if the IB program is so beneficial, why do students hesitate to

take it?

In IB, it is extremely difficult to maintain a high GPA or IB score, due to the

extreme difficulty of the program. When asked, students who are currently part of

this program say that it is too difficult and not worth the amount of work. However

students that have graduated claim that university has been extremely easy due to

the experience they got doing IB.

Students currently making the decision also hesitate to take the program

fearing that they might end up with an extremely low GPA, which can be a hindrance

when applying to college. As recommended by most teachers or students

experienced in this matter, students who wish to travel to Europe for university

should take IB. For the United States, not as much. IB coordinators and teachers say

that students should decide to take this program not for university but for their own

experience and benefits. At last, IB requires great time management and

organization, and students should consider all of the mentioned factors while

making the decision.