Why did I choose my programme?
As someone who's always had fairly broad, multifaceted interests, the most important thing for me was to make sure that my study programme met as many of my interests as possible. As well as offering an extensive range of courses, cases and theories, the IB programme allows for students to have discussions and analyses from a multitude of perspectives - whether it’s business, cultural, legal or something entirely different.
What do I like the best?
One of my favourite things about IB is the diversity of students. Not only do many of the students come from different backgrounds and countries, but they also possess unique, personal qualities that lead to different interests and hobbies. It really shines through that IB students are passionate and ambitious individuals - both in and out of school.
What do I think is difficult?
I've had some difficulty finding the right study technique. As we have a quarter structure at IB, the courses tend to be very efficient but intense, which means that the “best” method of note-taking and exam preparation varies greatly from course to course. It's still hard for me to find my way around all of it, but it definitely gets easier as you gain experience from previous courses and thus have the opportunity to perfect your own study techniques.
What would I have liked to have known before starting my programme?
The most surprising thing for me about the IB programme was the amount of independence and self-study that follows. So far, the combination of no group exams and relatively few hours on campus has taught me to take control and responsibility for my own learning and made it clear how important it is to have a social network who can help and lift each other - a tough and long process, but very rewarding both academically and personally.
What do I want to do after finishing my programme?
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue a Master's in London. It will most likely be either a M.Sc. in Finance and Strategy or a law conversion degree, where I can specialise in international banking law and corporate law. I have a keen interest in understanding the practices of global businesses from a financial as well as a legal perspective - so I will endeavour towards a combination of this in my further studies
If I could give myself a piece of advice, before starting it would be…
Relax and enjoy your first year at uni. It only gets harder from here, so take your time to be social and find the right set of friends - that will definitely make the academic life a lot more enjoyable and manageable.