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  1. Why is P&P so high on people's lists? I recently read it, and Austen's much wittier than I would have thought, but I definitely wonder what people see in the novel. Care to enlighten me?
  2. I agree that it doesn't hurt to make your title more specific. I haven't read this work, so I don't know if you can go broader than that one aspect, but to answer your question, yes, that sounds like a formal essay to me. Just make a 1/2 to 1 page informal outline and run it by your teacher to be on the safe side.
  3. When I think of commentary, I think of an essay based on a key passage of the text. The essay mostly sticks to what's in that particular passage. A formal essay, though, pulls analysis from the whole text. It's the type of essay I wrote before IB essays. Just a normal essay that can be about anything. Not sure how clearly I described that, but the way I see it, if you want to write an essay on the author's use of X to do Y in a text, it's probably a formal essay. I never had much practice with commentaries (except for the IOC, I suppose) so I considered analyzing a poignant passage to do a key passage analysis, where the passage is connected to the rest of the text. I also considered doing a formal essay just because it was a normal essay. Does that answer your question?
  4. Hey - check this post out. So 2a is a comparative essay on two works. 2c is a formal essay, key passage commentary, key passage analysis, or something else that shows a detailed study based on one work. So the difference between 2a and 2c seems to be the number of works you want to deal with. And it can't be any work you've studied for either option. Ask your teacher which of the works are eligible for 2a and which are eligible for 2c.
  5. I would love an in-depth reply! I'm Norwegain, so that'll probably disadvantage me to some extent. Currently I am the "deputy chairman" of a relatively small local branch of our national environmental organization for youths. I also play basketball. Do you think those ECs are sufficient? I can't tell you what is "enough." An admissions officer who was assigned to read international students' applications last year said that she had to look at how students set themselves apart. I think she said that good grades, talent and hard work at a piano or another musical instrument was common. The things that parents made their children strive to do well in just made their applications look similar to the other applications, so it came to how a student could convey his or her interests and dedication differently. I can't tell you if what you're doing is enough. When I was applying, I felt I needed a lot of things on my resume. Like competitions and clubs and sports. Not being under that pressure right now, I can see how insecure I was about not having one thing I was spectacular at. That's why I did a lot of things. I don't think it's necessary to do many things. If you can bring out your passion for this environmental organization and your hopes its fundamental ideas, I think that's grand. Whatever you do, it's up to you to take it to a level that you're happy with. With basketball, what do you get out of the sport? Does it come easy to you to a certain extent? How do you balance being a team player and adding to the team your own strengths? Do what you're interested in, balance your time, explore if you can. And don't let the outcome of a college application make you regret what you did or did not do in your time now. Detailed overview? heh So from the people I've talked to, it seems most of the people who get in aren't sure why. I'm one of those people. If I submitted the same application this year, I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome was different. So what I did is not something you can make a checklist out of. But here's the highlights as I recall: I participated in math team for several years. I wasn't the best, so I wasn't particularly competitive. I enjoyed the team aspects and personal satisfaction from competing. I started Spanish Club and learned a lot about how difficult it is to get everyone on the same page. It gave me a chance to develop organizational skills. I also volunteered at my mosque and around town a lot. I did some student council vice pres and presidential things that grouped together faith, leadership, and a sense of community in my life. One of the latter things that influenced me was learning about the efforts of a mental health group that I helped with for my senior year. There were things that I did longer that didn't have as much of an impact, like playing some sports and starting another club. Looking back it didn't matter as much in terms of personal growth. As far as academics, I didn't really have any stellar IB grades to give to colleges. I had a few 5s in AP courses. I was taking the most rigorous classes I could, and I got a combined 2190 in SAT1. Not mind-blowingly high. I don't know how to feel about SAT scores, really. On the one hand, it's a good score. On the other hand, I don't try to say that I did a great job like people who got 2300s. For SATII I took chem, physics and math 2 and got from 730 to 790. GPA wise, I was ranked first in my class. But rank and scores don't determine much after you pass the threshold. As for chances.. it sounds like you'll pass the threshold. Your essays and recommendations will give the admissions team an idea of who you are beyond scores. Don't underestimate yourself as a person. It's a good way to keep your expectations low so you don't get hurt, I've found, but you should also be able to recognize that you've got a limited amount of time and you're spending it in ways that you enjoy (I hope) and ways that will be beneficial to your future. Even though your chances as an international student are more difficult than chances of a domestic student, don't tell yourself you have to get a 45. Or a 44, etc. From the bottom of my heart I want to assure you it's not about perfection. Potential, ambition, IB values, some unique background that you possess to enhance the entire class.
  6. Many people use Facebook for networking. Under that umbrella I think 'snooping' is encouraged by the snoopee/'victim' of snooping. I'd assume people would be willing to create more than one account if they want a professional account and a friends one. Facebook gives its users the ability to decide what another user or a nonuser sees, which makes me think it's okay for someone to look up a potential employee/student. Last I checked, orkut users don't have as many options or options at all to hide information they publish from the masses, although I don't use orkut, so I'm not up-to-date. I'm a bit irked at the system as a student, being told I have the right to see information someone has written about me for an application but being expected to waive these rights or risk lowering my chances of admittance. Catch 22s like that, in addition to people being at various stages of "okay" with releasing levels of personal information, leave this a grey area.
  7. There are different rubrics. The second WL is much more literary features based than WL1. My English literature teacher told me that making literary features the topic of your WL1 is allowed and makes for a good topic, but it's not necessary, whereas for WL2, you've got to analyze literary features' role in the text you're reading. So I don't think you'll be penalized if you don't analyze literary features in your WL1 paper, but if you've got room (in your word limit) and your topic can lend itself to analysis of a particular feature, which would add to an argument, go for it.
  8. IB Bio HL covers almost all the same material as the AP bio exam. I think there a couple of minor topics that you need to check in an AP book or ask a teacher about for AP that's not in IB. I got a 6 in IB and 5 in AP after my teacher spent a few months reviewing material for IB and went over practice AP exams so that we were familiar with format and the thinking of AP graders. IB Physics SL - 5, AP Physics B - 5. I think the AP is harder in this case with problem solving? IB math SL - 7, AP Calc BC -5. The AP obviously has a ton more calculus. Don't take the AP without studying the AP material at either the AB or BC levels. I haven't taken AP world history or English literature but I don't think that's compatible with IB either.
  9. I agree with those above who have said that it doesn't matter as much where you do your undergraduate studies. You can google lists for top med schools in the US, but yes, it's much harder to get admission into a good med school (after you have your bachelor's) than it is to get into a good undergraduate school. If you've always wanted to go to Harvard, go for it. I wish you the best! Excellent grades, maybe 2-3 ECs with some leadership roles, good recommendations from teachers and other adults, good SAT (or ACT) scores, and some deep thinking about you and your role and responsibility as a global citizen. If you take a year off and you're not admitted to the college of your dreams, chances will be lower to get admitted, but it's stil possible. The admission officers should know you spent the year growing as a person. I go to Harvard. I don't mind replying more in depth if you're interested. I also applied to several other schools in the US, so I can give some info about that. Make sure you apply to many schools because... everyone else is. Most people who apply to Harvard apply to many other top schools, so it's just harder to get in, unfortunately.
  10. Do you have an idea of what the topic would be? Would you want the other poet to be as religious as Rumi? Place an emphasis on nature? e. e. cummings? Oscar Wilde? It's hard to make a recommendation because just about anyone could be applicable without a basis of comparison in mind, in which case you should just read some poems online.
  11. I have a friend who's an upperclassman at Northeastern. If you have specific questions, I can pass them along and reply back with her answers. As for studying/living in Boston, I don't think you'd get bored. There are always events on campus [like every college] and in the city. What I've come to appreciate is that many regional or national events may take place in Boston. I don't know how relevant this is to Northeastern, but there's a level of precaution you have to take because you're living in a city. Boston might seem tiny compared to where you live now or it might be huge. Either way, I really enjoy going to college in the Boston area.
  12. I'd say that's two variables you're manipulating--presence of a shell and temperature of water. I don't know about the levels, but it seems crazy to ask you to have so many variables to manipulate! You should be quite wary when you manipulate more than one. Maybe instead of introducing more variables, the five levels refers to, in the example of water temperature, egg in 55 degF, 60 degF, 65 degF, 70 degF, &75deg F, with a separate beaker with room temperature water as the control (or the 70deg one could be the control or something). It'd be harder to have five "levels" or degrees of shelling an egg.
  13. Your essay would fall under the Group 2 category. This category would have essays submitted from French A2 SL, A2 HL, B SL and B HL (for French essays). So writing from a B SL background would give you the least amount of experience and finesse. You'd be at a disadvantage because many people who submit a Group 2 essay have spoken the language for most of their lives. So yeah, can be easy if you're proficient at French because the standards have been lowered some for the other people who aren't that great at the language and can't express their ideas as well as you can. From what I understand, if everyone writes stunning essays, the benchmark for what gets a 6 or 7 will be changed.
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