In the summer of 2018, I was given the unique opportunity to try out for Barnet Football Club in London, UK, a story I will tell one day. My trajectory was set to be a football player, but with a turn of events, I found myself in Aga Khan starting the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the tail end of August 2018. A change that I am grateful for, but one that will always have me wondering, what if?
The typical IB program is one full of mental, social, and emotional turns! In a technical sense it requires that you do a total of 6 subjects (3 at a higher level and 3 at a standard level), the theory of knowledge (TOK) component, a 4000-word extended essay in one of your subjects, and the creativity, activity, and service component.
Are you considering taking the International Baccalaureate program? You’re making a great decision. The IB program is one of the most rigorous and prestigious programs available to high school students and it can open many doors to a successful future. Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider pursuing the IB program:
1. It’s Globally Recognized.
When you receive your IB diploma, you’ll receive global recognition for your work. This means universities and employers will recognize your hard work and dedication as well as your high level of achievement.
By earning your International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, you gain more than just a high school graduation certificate; you receive global recognition for your academic accomplishments. The IB diploma program is renowned worldwide for its rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing critical thinking, research skills, and a broad understanding of various subjects. This recognition is highly valued by universities and employers alike.
2. It’s Universally Respected.
With an IB diploma, you’ll have the respect of universities, employers, and other students around the world. This level of respect is invaluable and can help you stand out from the crowd, something that makes it easy for you to integrate in different communities.
For universities, the IB diploma serves as a strong indicator of your academic readiness and potential for success. Admissions officers value the program’s emphasis on research, independent learning, and a holistic approach to education. They recognize that IB graduates have not only mastered their subjects but have also developed vital skills.
3. It’s an Immersive Learning Experience.
The IB program isn’t just about regurgitating information – it’s about learning how to think critically and challenging yourself academically. In the program, you’ll gain a greater depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.
IB program encourages experiential learning and practical application of knowledge. Students are encouraged to participate in hands-on projects, research, and community service, allowing them to put their knowledge into action and make a positive impact on their communities.
My IB experience gave birth to my first CAS projects that later on became the Young Eye Foundation, the story can be found here: How I started my Foundation.
4. You’ll Be Better Prepared for University.
The IB program is designed to directly prepare you for university-level courses. With an IB diploma, universities will know that you’re ready to excel, because of the workload and balance you exhibit.
One of the key strengths of the IB program is its focus on academic rigor. The curriculum challenges students to engage with complex ideas, conduct in-depth research, and develop critical thinking skills. This level of academic challenge helps students develop the intellectual capacity to handle the demands of university-level courses.
5. You’ll Have numerous Opportunities.
With an IB diploma, you’ll have access to more scholarship opportunities and are eligible for certain university credits that aren’t available to non-IB students. This gives you a boost when it comes to selection of courses and number of years required to complete you undergraduate degree.
In a nutshell, the International Baccalaureate program is an incredible opportunity for high school students. The academic rigor and global recognition are invaluable and will open many doors to a successful future.
I had the privilege of being Interviewed by Ugandan media personality Crystal Newman on RX Radio. I shared my thoughts and opinions on why you should do the IB program. A link to this can be found here: Why should students take the IB program in School?