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  1. I personally think it all depends on your definition of success - for every person thing differs quite considerably. For someone getting a 35 would be an absolute disaster, whereas for someone else it'd be a dream come true. As each person has different standards and expectations of themselves it would be hard to quantify success and very specific characteristics that attribute it. I don't think grades themselves can really determine it. Though I do have to agree with the things you've written down. Most of the successful people are know tend to be very determined. In almost every case hard work beats talent, hard. There was a girl I knew who was constantly getting 3s and 4s in maths HL, whereas my other friend got 6s without much work. At the end of the year, this girl ended up with a 5 and my friend with a 4 simply because she worked hard for her grade, unlike my friend who thought League of Legends was a better way of spending time Motivation is a large factor, too. Personally, I have struggled to stay motivated every since my final exams finished over a week ago. I put so much effort into the week of exams that afterwards I was unable to sit anywhere near my biology book. It might have been over-motivation on my side, as I wanted to get the best grade possible everywhere, which was quite silly. The following week I was super sluggish, and found it difficult to concentrate on the content of the lesson as I was really tired and only really wanted to sleep. It's important to find balance between work and leisure, which is something I realised way too late. Successful people definitely are very good at balancing stress/workload. This topic is kind of like a river in my opinion; one could go on and on and never really finish and do it justice. Creativity, willingness to help others (being a leader rather than a boss), and, to some extent, the ability to prioritise definitely help in achieving success. Edit: Ah, almost forgot! Successful people definitely don't dwell on small failures, but much rather on the big picture and the final product. Getting a 4 isn't the end of the world in IB, and one rejection from university doesn't mean much in the big picture that is life
  2. Since it's your IA we cannot really do the work here for you. All we can do is help you develop on the ideas and suggestions you give us in order to push you into the right direction rather than just give you the answer What ideas do you have on your mind?
  3. Still in IB, but... Change geography to psychology. Not that geography is bad, I just find psychology more interesting... Put less pressure on myself and try to find balance between school and leisure. Think a bit more about my EE. Realise that just because others find a class hard/scary should not dictate whether it will be the same case for you. This list will be longer by the time I graduate, that's for sure. Let's hope any of my HLs won't become a regret.
  4. I have not heard about such a possibility in the future - as far as I know ESS requires some practical labs which are hard to conduct over the Internet. You can always message them and ask about it, as it could be a possibility.
  5. Your subject combination is very much like mine. I was warned it'll be very tough and all that, yet I managed to pull 41/42 in first semester, with the 6 being in my SL subject. It's about the amount of work you're willing to pun in in order to do well - for the sciences you have to do constant revision (read your notes at least once a week even when you don't have tests so you don't forget what happened at the start of the unit). For maths study as often as you can. I didn't take maths seriously the second semester and I dropped from a 7 to a 6 - don't be me. But generally it's a good combo for medicine especially in the uk if you want to make your application more competitive (maths hl). I find chemistry more straightforward than biology as there's less memorising and more application of what you know, but it's up to the individual. Just wanted to say that HL Maths isn't a requirement for Cambridge for medicine. It is recommended in order to have a more competitive application, but according to the statistics 6% of all applicants got in with only 2 sciences HL and no maths HL. I personally know someone who got in with maths SL, though it was on a gap year and they did score a 45
  6. Your workload is going to be quite high, not terrible, but high. I am taking 3 of the subjects you take at HL (and a language B HL, if your english is B) and I have been doing fine this past year. I have one regret, and that is not doing enough maths when I should've, which caused my grade in second semester to go from a 7 to a low 6 - don't make my mistake and REVISE DAILY. I am not joking. The only way to learn maths is by doing maths, as you can't cram all the info the day before. It just won't work. You can study engineering (in some places), business, medicine, (bio)chemistry, neurology... a lot of things with your subject combination. Bio and chem are very manageable in my opinion as long as you make good, concise notes. Good luck.
  7. That's just the truth. There isn't an easier or harder option, they're all hard. Each person will find different options more difficult than others; that's just how it will be. But don't go in the exam and try to look at other options and answer those - you will likely not know the terminology ib is looking for. Do your option and it'll be fine
  8. The one you have studied.
  9. Make it infinity. Though one could argue that's not a number.
  10. More like 2cool4school amirite
  11. make it 10 days before I kill myself #Overachiever #AlwaysBeatsTheOdds
  12. Can't hear you over my 365 days I can chill before IB rips me apart
  13. You don't know me. You don't know my struggles. Now I want to drop out just to prove you wrong.
  14. It doesn't have to be my turn if I drop out beforehand.
  15. And remember: You don't have to write the exam if you run away from home.