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  1. My parents seem to care about me personally. On another note, as for parents in general - whether or not they love us is something I also wonder. I understand there should be the biological force of nature which inclines mothers and fathers to care for and want to protect their offspring, but I wonder to what extent that is personal affection or "love"; birds will drop their chicks from their nests if they have any flaws. But to what extent can we compare humans to animals? But in what ways are we intrinsically different that we should be inclined to differentiate ourselves so thoroughly from them? If we are really different from them, I wonder if parents actually love us to go through all of the trouble, or if they simply use us as their excuse for their purpose in living, therefore convincing themselves that they "love" us? We've been studying existentialist plays in English class ...
  2. 96+ is a 7, but after your grade has been converted. If you finished chem with an 88 after conversion (ie if you got 88 on your report card) then that corresponds to a 5. If you got an 88 before conversion, then you got a 7 as the IB boundary for a 7 in chem HL is about 80%. In that case, you report card mark should be 96% or higher (probably 97%). Which school and who your teacher is depends on how your grades are converted. For example, my chem teacher isn't the most generous with conversions, so an 88% still might not be a 7...and there are other teachers who don't bother converting your marks at all.
  3. You should get the Pearson Baccalaureate! I have the HL one and explains most stuff really well. Plus it has practice questions!! Those are really scarce at my school. Its explanations may be a bit lengthy, but they're worth the understanding they provide.
  4. Yeah, I always have my dog for company too . Gotta love 'em! A big part of it is time management and not procrastinating, but if you are really ambitious and want like, a 40+ on your diploma plus have a really active CAS life and do lots and lots of leadership activities, that is easier said than done. I guess it depends on what you define a social life as too. Does social life = having a girlfriend and boyfried, or getting into lots of drama and conflict with your frienemies? Is it just attending lots of parties? I'm an introvert myself, so not having a life doesn't bug me toooo much. All the "social life" i hear about around me seems to be typical high school drama and partying, though. I'm not really interested in it, so I'm mostly content just hanging 'round with my nerd herd =).
  5. I know a few people in my IB cohort who are doing all three sciences. They are, however, only doing the official IB exams for two of them, and only those two are counting towards their diploma. One students seems to be struggling, the other two are doing decently to maybe even above average, and the other two are getting acing all three along with most of the other subjects. Those last two, however, dedicate practically their whole lives to school. It depends on how diligent you are and how much of your life you are willing to sacrifice. Be prepared to sacrifice your social life and almost all your free time.
  6. I'm not sure about the others, but here are UBC's IB requirements: https://you.ubc.ca/u...ctober_2009.pdf So for UBC's commerce, you'll probably make it! For UBC, are you planning to go do Sauder Business school? You should look into SFU's business program too - I hear that their business prgoram is even better than UBC's.
  7. The only reason why I got fb is because since everyone has it, it made it so much easier to contact and get in touch with people. I don't fb stalk people that much, because eventually I get bored of it. I don't really see how people can spend hours and hours on fb, because I just find it really boring, and sometimes I creep myself out when I'm stalking through everyone's photos. To control your urges, next time you are fb stalking instead of studying, think to yourself, "Ew holy crap, I'm such a creep!" It works for me... To be honest, I'm really disturbed by how hard it was for me to figure out fb's privacy settings. Only recently I discovered that my profile didn't look to everyone like how I thought it did! It keeps on changing its settings, too, which makes it all the worse. But I still find it such a useful tool, especially because I run some clubs at my school, for communication. Not everyone checks their email, but everyone is always checking their Facebook. If I fb message someone, I know they will read the message at most in a day or two. Almost anything can be a tool and a useful entity, but if you get distracted by it, it can cause you more harm. Like how IB Survival's useful, but I'm using it to procrastinate right now...... I better get back to work.
  8. I have a bad chem teacher for chem HL . It's not very pleasant.... But he teaches the chem SL class too, and most of the people who have dropped out (about half of the people who originally registered for the course) were chem SL. I'd say go with the good chem HL teacher, especially if you like chemistry and are willing to learn a bit more about it. Chemistry can be really confusing if you don't know what's going on, even if you're in SL as opposed to HL. Even if you don't like chem much, a little more knowledge never hurts! If you have a sucky SL teacher you'll probably spend just as much time, or even more time, teacheing yourself the concepts and getting confused and stressed than if you have a good HL teacher who will already teach you all of the material during class. Hope this helps!
  9. IA

    Is it just coincidence that "Lacsap" is "Pascal" spelt backwards, or does this have something to do with solving it?
  10. Ever had a nervous breakdown while in IB? You know, when you finally burst into tears in your room, or even at school. Over all the stress of IB coursework + extra curricular work + life in general? I know time management is key in reducing stress, but hey, sometimes we mess up.
  11. I think online tutoring's a great idea =D. I really need help in math, but I'd be glad to help people in other subjects like English A1.
  12. Sounds like a cool essay! I'm also a bit iffy about their privacy policies. The settings keep on changing, too - which makes me even more iffy!
  13. After reading through the other posts, I really do think that getting a 7 is based on a combo of the nature of the subject, your ability as it stands, and how hard you work at it. As said before, I agree that you can't really be "talented at biology". Unless you have a photographic memory and are able to quickly flip through the textbook and memorize instantaneously everything in sight, for biology you really need to try. You need to read and understand the material, and make sure you've got it memorized before being tested on it. Unlike the humanities subjects, you have to know it through and through to get a 7. BS-ing won't save you; there is no BS-ing ultrafiltration in the glomerulus. If you haven't read through the material and reviewed it and made sure you know it well, then you probably won't get a very high mark. It's impossible to know the material without having even looked at it. But other subjects are different. You might be very good at literature so that all you need to do is read a summary or sparknotes on a novel, and maybe the first few chapters, and then you can poop out a 6/7 worthy essay faster than someone else who's read the entire novel twice.
  14. I live in Vancouver, Canada - one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Racism is widely condemned in Canada. Multiculturalism is an official government policy and is supported by the people as well. I don't know if the US, our fellow North American nation, is as open, but as far as I know, racism is in general dying out in this continent.
  15. I often feel the same way. The university I want to get into doesn't really appreciate IB, and it puts me at a disadvantage when being admitted and especially when applying for any of their major scholarships. When I apply for external scholarships that base their selection on academics, they don't consider me being in IB and scoring a high percentage average is so much harder for IB students than it is for those who have a much lighter workload in the regular program. I constantly feel that I am getting the short end of the stick because of IB. But I think what's really keeping me in it is that the learning experience is priceless. You learn to think critically and manage your time. So hang in there, with the rest of us!