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Heather, Class of 2011

 

    “As a full IB Diploma Candidate, I have experienced the full workload of an IB schedule, and it has been the best preparation for college. I now feel that whatever college I attend, I will be prepared and have the best chance to succeed. Because the IB schedule mandates a full workload, I now feel that I will be successful in my college courses no matter how difficult they may be. I also feel that I am better prepared for a career after college, because I have learned to work independently and not to rely on anyone for my success. 

     Not only am I a full IB student, I have been in ASB for all four years, I was a varsity water polo player for two years, I am currently a varsity cheerleader, I have a part-time internship, and I have been involved in numerous clubs. Because of these factors, of course IB has been a struggle. At times, it was difficult to find the motivation to continue with it as I watched my fellow peers take 4 classes and leave school at noon everyday, but I know now that all of it was worth it. I know that I have a greater chance of graduating from college and being successful in a career, because I have challenged myself throughout my high school career. I really need to thank all of my wonderful educators for helping me through it, though, because without them it would have been much more difficult. 

   So far, I have been accepted to: Southern Connecticut State University (+ Honors College), the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (+ Honors College), the University of Rhode Island, and Franklin College - Switzerland. I have been offered Academic Merit Scholarships, valuing a total of $186,000, at every school I have been accepted to so far. I have only been granted these scholarships because of the rigor of my secondary school course load ... aka: IB. 

     I am waiting on decisions from Yale, Columbia, NYU, Boston College, and Northeastern. In January, a representative from Yale contacted me because of my standing as a full IB Candidate in order to do a formal interview for the school. Because I have taken an IB schedule, I know I will be successful no matter what college I attend or what I choose to study.”