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  1. Hello! I have to have my English EE book choice in on Monday, and my choices have mostly been shot down by my school. My number one choice is Stephen King's The Gunslinger but my teachers have said that since he's a "pop culture" writer, IB will frown upon it. They're adamant that I choose a winner or finalist for the Man Booker Prize, but none of the books that have won really seem to interest me. My favorite genre is fantasy, but I also enjoy sci-fi (The Island of Dr. Moreau?), (some) historical fiction, and adventure. If you have any advice on whether The Gunslinger will work or if you know of any other books I could use, that'd be great! Thanks!
  2. Hey! (Hope this isn't too late of a response lol) In regards to fanart I've been told by my arts teacher that it can be construed as plagiarism even if credit is given. There is a really fine line between putting your own spin on something and "copying" and since IB is very strict, definitely ask your teacher. They'll be the best person to answer your question especially because they've seen your work. Good luck on your exams!
  3. From what I've heard from teachers at my school, as long as you can prove literary merit the book should be acceptable. If you're concerned that it's too cliched, you might be able to compare it to a classical book, like a parallel between [insert theme/motif/imagery] in modern times and older times. Still, if you liked TFIOS there are plenty of "classic" romance novels out there (not my preferred genre so I can't name specifics lol) and I'm sure you'll be able to find a good one. The best resource would be your teacher/advisor so make sure to talk with them about your ideas and some other book possibilities. In regards to econ, I am clueless Good luck!
  4. I was honestly thinking about writing one on The Odyssey for a while but unfortunately we're not allowed to use translated works Thanks for the help!
  5. Hello everyone! In the next month or so I have to have my EE topic chosen. Yikes! I'm leaning toward an English literature EE. Unfortunately, I cannot think of a book to write about - most books I've read at school have been analyzed to death and would be scored harshly by people who knew every line (i.e. Hamlet) and most books I've read personally may or may not count as having literary merit. Anyway, I need some help with book choices. I don't care if I do an analysis on one book or a comparison of two. Here are some ideas I have: +Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - I like the idea of this one, haven't read it yet but it sounds interesting and a friend told me it was good. A little concerned about the content and whether or not it has been overdone. +Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Again, haven't read this one but it seemed like a good book to compare to Cat's Cradle. On the other hand, it seems really complex and might be hard to mesh with other ideas. +Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - I've started this one but am only a few pages in. I'm a little concerned about how it lends itself to such a lengthy analysis. +Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - I'm currently reading this one and I really enjoy it, but it might be another overdone book. I'm considering writing about the relation of salvation in the book to the social struggles of the time but I don't want to get off topic. It would also be cool to compare to a more modern book about society, looking between the time periods. Other than these ideas, I've really enjoyed the school books of To Kill A Mockingbird, A Tale of Two Cities, 1984, The Odyssey, as well as my own reads like The Golden Compass, The Rithmatist, Abarat, and Harry Potter. It would be cool to do a comparison of religious themes between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Golden Compass because they portray religion very differently, but both are considered children's books so that probably wouldn't work. Overall, my favorite genre is definitely fantasy and if you have any recommendations of fantasy books with literary merit (besides The Lord of the Rings lol) I'm all ears. Thanks in advance!
  6. Outside of studying on your own, which may be difficult, get with a few of your classmates and talk with the teacher about why the class is struggling. Let them know what specifically makes learning difficult (ex: teaching too fast). I had to do the same with my math teacher and she recognized the problem and fixed it easily. If your teacher ignores their issues, go to the math department head, your counselor, or the IB coordinator who should be able to handle the issue. Make sure to go with a few other people because that will show that it isn't just an issue with you.
  7. As I am not yet a junior, I can't speak from personal experience about the CAS project. However, I do have a relevant example that could help you! Last year a junior I know organized a team of students from our school to walk a 5k benefiting a charity. They didn't create the charity walk themself; instead, they assembled the team that would represent our school. By planning, spreading the word, coordinating with the walk's hosts, and actually participating, they well exceeded the (50?) hour minimum needed. Since you said that you're not creative enough to come up with something on your own, you should definitely consider "piggybacking" off another established event. Good luck!
  8. I would talk to your guidance counselor, your (assistant) principal, or anyone else above your CAS coordinator about her being unresponsive. If not, you could ask to switch coordinators because in IB summer CAS time is precious lol!
  9. It may also depend on your school's policy. Some schools are very harsh about EEs; for example, at my school you must be taking IB psych, art, or economics in order to write on the subject, and we are not allowed to write science, foreign language, or math EEs (so I'm pretty much limited to English and history). Definitely ask your supervisor or guidance counselor about it. Good luck!
  10. Hello! As a current tenth grader, I am expected to have my IB class choices in by December/January at the latest. I am very concerned that I might pick the wrong classes, so here are my options: English Lang/Lit HL (mandatory at my school) History HL Biology HL Chemistry SL (HL isn't offered at my school) OR Visual Arts SL Spanish SL Math SL OR Math Studies I won't take any precursor chemistry courses until January, so I don't have any clue what the class is like. I am also not super fond of math, which is why I'm wondering whether or not I can take math studs while doing a double science. If I take Chem SL & Math SL along with the other courses, how hard would it be? Thanks in advance!
  11. In 10th grade we need to pick our IB courses, and I really want to take ESS. Unfortunately, my school doesn't offer it. Are there any plans to add ESS to the Pamoja site?
  12. Iceland - stunning landscape, cute villages, nice change of climate Namibia - can see all the stars in the sky when out in the desert, endangered animals like cheetahs and elephants Guatemala - rainforest, cloud forest, wildlife biodiversity hotspot, furthering my exploration of the Spanish language and culture Also, these are a photographer's dream!
  13. @Thundercracker is correct! Colleges won't read your EE (they generally aren't released in time anyways I believe). If you're aiming to get higher marks and are confident in history, spring for that. However, if biology is what you want to pursue, it means you're passionate about it and that will probably reflect in your EE. While it can be a good point to bring up in interviews and such, if you don't score an A or a B it won't be very impressive. At the end of the day, doing a history EE doesn't mean you have to be an archaeologist or lawyer. Doing a biology EE doesn't guarantee admittance to medical school. And even if colleges did read your EE, they expect many students to change majors at least once (at least in the US) so your topic wouldn't nail you into a subject. Just do what your gut tells you because most of the time it's right. Or, try flipping a coin (heads= bio, tails= history or vice versa) because in the moment it's in the air, you'll know what side you want it to land on. Hope this helps and good luck!
  14. It won't necessarily hurt your application, and if you have a good reason, it will probably be okay. What colleges don't want to see is that you gave up and moved into all "regular" classes. Colleges want to see you push yourself to be the best you can be. If IB isn't working for you, perhaps consider switching to another challenging program, such as AP (doesn't have to be all subjects) or dual enrollment. Beth said that you won't be prepared for US university, but I have to disagree with that statement. IB is a lot to handle in high school, and college will only be more (for some, at least), but that doesn't mean you won't be able to handle US university. It just means you'll have to figure out your time management, stress handling, and paper writing/independent learning skills in college instead of high school. If you think about it, plenty of people go to college without IB, and others even without a lot of APs, and although the transition is rough, many end up excelling. Your college transition and ability to handle stress is up to you, not IB (although I think IB helps make that gap a little smoother? I'm still a ninth grader though oops). Anyway, back to the original topic: by dropping out of IB (especially if you don't pick up any AP/DE/honors courses), you're lowering your college app competitiveness. However, getting a 24 in the IB program wouldn't make you a super competitive candidate either, especially compared to people scoring 40s and above (jeez). It's all about how you want your college experience to be. If you want to go to community college first, IB isn't necessary. At all. If you want to go to a state school, try to get something on your app to impress them, whether it be IB, AP, DE, excelling at sports, an instrument, starting a club, whatever. If you want to go to a private/Ivy League school, dropping IB now will put up red flags for them, so it hinders your chances greatly there. Overall, talk with your guidance counselor/college counselor and get their input on the matter, because they'll know the most (they're paid to do that!). Don't think that dropping IB will be the end of the world and you'll never get into college. For example: a senior a while back at my school dropped out the first few weeks of his last year in IB because he got a scholarship for football to a really good school (not sure which) and had to devote time to practicing, not studying. So in his case, dropping IB was the right move. Just do what's right for you; the IB isn't for everyone. If you think there's a way to pull your grades up, great. If it's just not for you, I'm positive you'll still do great. Best wishes!
  15. So I know I'm still in 9th grade, and my advice might not mean much to you, but here it is anyways. If you are absolutely set on dropping IB, and it's the best decision for you, than do what'll make you happy. I can't sit here and say "DON'T DROP IB!!" because I haven't even officially started it, so I guess I don't actually know firsthand the rigors and challenges. What I can say, however, is that your exams are in November, which A) gives you enough time to study and B) means that you're almost completely done with the program, so to drop it now would be a good idea only in the worst of situations. It sounds like you're in a rough spot, and if there's no way out of your predicament, make sure you do what's best for you, whether that means dropping IB or trying to fix your IAs and such. In regards to what you should say if you do drop the program: I'd say it's better if you said that you completed high school but dropped IB, and then explain why you dropped it and how it might be a good program for some but not for everyone. Saying you failed gives it a negative connotation. If you want to travel and be able to know people, working as a flight attendant, on a cruise, as a translator, as a tour guide, as an Au Pair, or as a blogger/freelance artist would help you accomplish that, as well as bar tending. This link has some other jobs as well: http://expertvagabond.com/best-travel-jobs/ I wish you the best of luck and hope my advice helps at least a little
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