Richard Stifler

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  1. Guys, I am in a hurry. I was doing my application for IE University in Segovia to take a dual bachelor of Law and Business Administration, when I "stumbled" in the admission tests. They require either the IE Admission test or other as SAT, LNAT, CAS or ACT. The Cambridge Assessment Test (CAS) includes those Language tests like the First (FCE), the Advanced and the Proficiency, right? Because I have done my First (FCE) Exam and if it does count, then I must use it as I haven't done any of these. Could anyone who knows or has been confronted with these admission tests explain help me? If I am not able to upload my FCE result, then can you explain to me how can I do one of the other exams and am I still on time? Really I need fast answers! Thanks in advance, Richard
  2. Hey there Arrow Head, I am on my 2nd year and I am planning to go study English and American Literature and Creative Writing. Writing is my passion and despite not being a safe option I think i have to take it otherwise i would be frustrated and feeling guilty. However, law is also on of my main interests and an area which, like the arts and literature, I also reveal some appetence (I could choose basically most humanities-oriented degrees). The thing is I thought about after taking a lit degree, i could take law just to reconcile it with lit. the lit course encompasses an year abroad In the us, which is a place I would gladly like to live. Do you think it would be possible for me to then take law there or do a conversion course if i decide to take it somewhere else and then live in the us?
  3. I have a particular favorable array of subjects, mostly humanities-oriented. I find the easiest maybe Literature HL, English B and Math. Studies. For these its like you don't even have to study outside class, as Literature is easy for me as well as english as a second language and math studies has mechanic questions which after you do tons of papers and discuss a lot of those questions in class, believe me there are no "surprise" questions. In the middle maybe I would put History HL, because its hard to have maximum grades due to its less objective criteria and argumentative-essay style, but still it doesn't require me much to prepare for the test, like I know a few important events from each chapter and then I create my own arguments, which, if sustained, are valid. I am struggling to get a 7, but 5 or 6 is quite attainable. The hardest are definitely Economics SL and ESS SL... they just require a lot of memorization and little interest and commitment from the students. They both contain very abstract concepts which, even though not fully explored like harder subjects like maths HL or Philosophy, the fact these are vague and abstract attempts, it makes it even harder for us students. Honestly, not my "kind" of subjects.
  4. Hey pal, Studying natural sciences, unfortunately for most of the cases, values your curriculum. Regardless of what you are going to study, a student with 2 natural science subjects indicates he s organized and methodic and the UK universities, and most of them do tend to get enthusiastic with the sciences. Nonetheless, as you say Physics is a very demanding subject, even for those who like and it and want to pursue engineering and all of that. This being said, I believe you can put it SL level and choose another science as Biology or Chemistry and maybe (it is not essential) choose one of these to put HL but I mean like I told you the politics/economics university department will obviously consider that you re not a sciences student, so HL is no "required criterion". Moreover, Business isn't usually an appreciated subject, obviously if you like it, then take it but it is usually perceived as the same as IB Economics, but "easier". More less like Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies... I have applied to universities and talked to a few university "experts" and advisers, and I assure you that, in your specific case, and bearing in mind the university scope, having Physics or other sciences is indeed very beneficial for your curriculum (instead of B&M), and you don't even need to put both HL, just one of them and if you don't feel at all conformable don't put any of the sciences subjects HL, don't worry. Hope I helped, pal
  5. Guys, I wanna hear who is taking the most unusual subject combination on the IB and why. Also, mention whether the school provides many other choices, or you were just standing back against the wall.
  6. as he knew the country had no military and industrial resources to be several years in war.
  7. Hey, pal I am on my 2nd year of the IB (yeah I am on that phase of rushing to put an end to all IAs, EE and Tok bull****) and we have something in common: the desire to study Film. Film is a very important area of the arts and, unlike what everyone says, it is not "for everyone". In fact, I would say it requires great ecocentrism and creativity if you really want to stand out. Just to say that what I am going to tell you next, obviously just an advice, isn't because I find it lame or a puny degree. I would advise you not to take it as a degree now, specially in the UK. There is nothing wrong with the UK, but the real "solace" of the eccentric minds of film is in the US. Excelling in Film is already hard, which makes it very important to take the right "steps". At first, I did not understand this, well, I did but I thought it was a fatalist bs that all other guys say because they fear cinema won't give you a job. Its not that. Look at my example. I consider myself a creative person, with aesthetic sensibility and basically every of my colleagues was telling me "oh dude you must go to some artsy degree". Well, and I am (kinda). I love writing and Literature and it has always been my main interest. It does not provide many employment either, does it? Well, what I am doing is taking a prestigious literature degree in the UK in which I hope to get good grades and ingratiate with the lecturers in the UK and then depart to the US to take an MA on Film. But we are all different, I am just recounting my experience because I also wanted to take Film, but try to grasp that you can indeed maximize the chances of not only being successful in Film or in any area related to visual arts (Media, in your case), but also of you being happy and satisfied with the choices you made. Cheers, pal. Hope I helped
  8. Pal, There is not much to do as to the situation with your ESS teacher. You re on your 2nd year, on the verge of turning in all of your IAs, so what you really need to focus in is doing a hell of an investigation, original and following the ib "philosophy". I also have teachers which I don't particularly like, don't worry. I like the topic, though what is your title or RQ? You have to be more specific than just saying "organic farm" and "inorganic farm". What is the major difference between the two? What variable do you believe accentuates the most a variable which you find important to study? Is it the pH? The organic matter, maybe? Idk I am just giving you hints on how you can specify your work and make it "interesting" and pertinent for the IB. The idea is good indeed, so go with it. Hope I helped and by this time you have your ideas more structured. If you do, please tell me what are you doing for your work. Cheers, Richard
  9. Guys, I am on my 2nd year and its time for applications. I got my predicted grades, which gave a total of 37 points and 18 on the HL subjects. I am thinking about pursuing English Literature and Creative Writing in the UK. What universities do you advise? I thought about Lancaster and Kent (which has a degree of Eng. Lit and American Lit. and Creative Writing with a Year Abroad). Thanks guys, Richard
  10. Hey guys, I am on my 2nd year and its about time to send my application to universities with the degree chosen. I am kinda hesitant, because I am facing a conflict of passion vs money. I mean kinda because the options I am considering for "money" I also enjoy them. So within the "passion" group there is studying Literature and Creative Writing. Since I was 14 years old that I like writing poetry, short stories and forth. I can consider myself a creative and eccentric person and I like writing any kind of text whatsoever, it seems that I perceive writing and the importance of grammar and clauses and all of that as art. I know this sounds kinda weird, but I feel like I look at it some other way; everybody has their passion and the thing that interests them the most and it seems we look at it in a more abstract way, or that we grasp it easier. All of my teachers are impelling me to pursue Literature, but there are two factors that are making me "rethink". 1- it does not grant much career options. I mean it is basically writing in freelance, which I would honestly love to, but I guess I have grown and realized I need to have a stable life and we do not live in an oneiric world where artists and mathematicians and philosophers are always happy and if they strive to get projects and jobs their work will be noticed and valued. I have been becoming skeptic about this and I don't want to spend my whole life like my frustrated Literature teacher... (oh and being a teacher for me is not an option, I would hate it). 2- I would be studying into the UK because in my country Literature really means unemployment... but going to the Uk and learning eng lit, which is more less universal and might give me a better chance of getting a future, also implies studying another language and lit which will obviously be harder for me than for other native students. On the other hand, there is the option of Business or Law. UK universities even have ambivalent degrees which include both Business and Law, which would be an explosive mix ahah. I don't really like business and finance stuff, but I like Economics in theory cause its a social science and has very important implications for us. I have Math Studies, thou I informed myself and the UK and a few good univ. in Spain allow for Math Studies, with a min. mark of 6. Law I guess I would also love to take. Before writing, I really wanted to be a lawyer as I have always had the concern that there would be no exogenous factors like lobby, culture, background — interfering in a person from "telling his story". I guess I do have argumentative and research skills, but more than that, my imagination would really help me out. I know this doesn't sound right but arguing is virtually creating scenarios and realities which we are prompt to defend or get arguments in favor. If I want to defend something, I really get a way of proving it and I guess in court those rhetoric techniques would work. So, Law is a mix between passion and money, but my real passion is writing and imagining and not taking a Law degree. I am currently with 33/34 points. Could you give me some advice? I was planning on having decided by this week "more less" at least because we can only apply to 5 univs. in the UK and so if I did know what degree I would like to take I would be applying to more univs of that degree... I am sorry for the extension, but this is very hard to sum up. Thanks, Richard
  11. Me too, and it was on the intro that I found myself lost honestly, but I have managed to develop a few important key concepts.
  12. So hey guys, I have been struggling with my Extended Essay on Film. I have researched a lot on the director and on the movies I am going to talk about. My previous RQ was: How did the Director develop his use of filmic techniques to portray the detrimental effects of war on the individual and society as a whole within each film? The thing was I realized I had not have an exact thesis to guide my work like I was basically wandering and throwing a few cool terms to the work. Also, the war impact on people and society is kinda puny. So, as my supervisor advised me, my work, more than focusing on the cinematography, it had to explore one thing that I knew of and felt comfortable, the director. So I thought of something more focused on the director Francis Ford Coppola who is a hell of a case study am I right and decided to link his eccentric "way of building scenarios" with his films. So something like: to what extent did the director's style influence each film... Do you think this would work? I wanted to focus on the director and link his extravagant and boldness with some visual aspects (of course I ll have to talk about the cinematography and not only author bs). Do you have any other suggestions of topic/RQ wording? If you like this could you like give me some ideas on what to develop on the work, I have thought of a few things I am going to explore, but if you have any experience on the most "efficient" way to prove the director did have an influence on some prominent aspects of the films, please tell me. Thanks, Richard
  13. Pal, they are perfect for engineering related to software cause you have CS and Physics. It would also do for Business and management or finances cause you have loads of subjects that provide you with good analytical skills. Maybe you should check your maths, its not that SL isn't good enough, but for computer science engineering Maths HL or Physics either one of these should be Higher Level. Take off BaM and select one of these, you have already got Economics in Higher Level, there is no need to have both... Moreover, if you are more inclined for engineering I would even say drop either BaM or Economics (cause both of them isn't necessary even if you want a career in Finances or Business) and sign in Chemistry, which is extremely important for Engineering and hence your curriculum could do for all "kinds" of engineering, not just software. Something like this: HL - Physics, Maths and Economics/BaM (I would advise stay with economics tho, as it is more prestigious within universities...) or even, if you have the guts for it HL - Physics, Maths and Chemistry. Believe me your curriculum would already be rigorous, but adding Chem HL would make total difference on making it harder! But it may be rewarding! Thats up to you, pal! Hope I helped, Richard
  14. Hey fellow, I have a similar subject spectrum, except for Visual Arts. I also share your appetence for creative crafting, though I am more inclined for Literature and writing. Pal, there are several options you can take: either you pursue journalism and communication or marketing (it also focuses a lot on creativity, in spite of not being intrinsically linked to Visual Arts... you can take Architecture if indeed your 3D perception is accentuated, painting, photography or something like Video Game design or Film and Television or something like that very visual. I am thinking about applying to this course in the UK but just as a "Plan C", because it is not my priority on the short-term; now I am going to take a more solid course like Law or Literature and then do a postgraduate on Film in one of the most, if not the most, renowned colleges in the world, the UCLA, in the US. But as you know it is not a "safe" degree, and believe me I am one of the most supportive people when there are encounters between money and passion on academic paths, but reflect about this first... remember what you cannot do now, you may be able to do it later so don't worry! But you re still on your 1st year so your main concern now is studying your ass off to get awesome grades and not be hindered by any entry requirements. I am gonna take off as I should be studying now so I hope I helped
  15. Pal, where can I find revisionist historiography? Could you send me essays you have done, just for me to perceive the way it should be done?