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  1. Wow, it's been a while. Just got back from holiday, I hope you have some info for me I'm not sure where I'm applying yet. UCD and UCU (University College Utrecht)... besides that, no clue!
  2. From that link (thanks by the way!): Perfect, my home is in Indonesia, probably the furthest from anyone there Calling them is a very good idea, I'll do that. I can't believe how helpful people are! Wow... thanks all!
  3. A2 is a joke too. No offense to anyone but the only people at my school struggling with A2 are Asians...
  4. I'm doing my EE on history too (American involvement in the Chilean Coup of 1973). Are you guys actually working on it over the summer? I've talked about it with some people at school and even though our EE instructors have told us to do research and write a draft, no one is really doing anything. One reason for it is that it's summer and we're out on vacation! Who has the time and resources?
  5. Guus

    Interview: Who are you?

    1. What is your real name? Guus Hoekman. 2. Where are you from? Netherlands, but I live in Indonesia. 3. How did you find out about IB Survival? Google. Needed help with TOK essay and ended up here. 4. What made you register on IB Survival? The hot chicks. No, being able to post seemed necessary. 5. When did you (approximately) register here? March 08. 6. What are your favourite IB subjects? History and languages (English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian) 7. When are you graduating? May 09. 8. What are your plans for university? Dublin / Utrecht / not sure yet. 9. What are your free-time hobbies? Football (=soccer), rugby, drinking excessively and hanging out with amigos. 10. If you could change one thing on IB Survival, what would it be? Remove images from signatures, they're annoying and waste bandwidth.
  6. I've sent UCD two more emails, no response whatsoever. Mariana, since we're pretty much in the same situation (what a coincidence!), I think the questions you would ask there apply to me too. Most important thing is that it is entirely in English. Don't know about you but I don't speak a word of Irish. Oh and perhaps dorms. Does everyone stay on campus? For me it would be very convenient if that were the case, I don't know anybody in Dublin and don't feel like getting an apartment somewhere. On a different note: Where else are you applying? I'm focusing on Europe but am not sure where exactly. I don't really care to be honest, as long as I can study IR.
  7. Curse you! At my school we get a +1 GPA for highers. So the max for those is 5 and for standards it's 4. I did. I emailed the admission's office. And if I sent it to the wrong person at UCD I still expected some sort of response. I emailed them again just now, hopefully they can put in the effort to help a sleep deprived IB student.
  8. "Sorry for getting on the wrong foot"? Not sure what you mean, I can only be thankful for your help dude! I actually emailed UCD about two weeks ago asking if Irish was required for international students.. no response I'll ask them again, hopefully they can give me (good) news. My counselor here is of no use. My school has 5 counselors for 11th and 12th grade, all of them are American. Not saying their nationality has anything to do with their performance but they try to get everyone into an American college and basically refuse to help you if you want to study in Europe. Thankfully there are websites like these. "Ah! The sweet taste of freedom.." I take it you finished IB this year? Congrats. I'm so jealous, wow.
  9. I'm planning on studying something along the lines of International Relations, nothing with mathematics or science. I didn't know UCD was entirely in Irish. That is ridiculous, their website is completely in English and in their description of UCD they don't mention anything of it being in Irish. Also, they create this image of being an international university.. who on earth speaks Irish besides the Irish themselves? Well the search continues then. Thanks for all the help, UCD is out of the picture now.
  10. I haven't gotten any predicted grades yet.. all my IB exams are next year. I've only gotten letter grades, which are all A's except history and enviro, both B's. I don't know about you but I always get the feeling Math studies is a joke. Same with Environmental and English (and Spanish and Dutch too actually, haha), I can't take those classes seriously. I'm afraid colleges look at it the same way and think I took the easy way out of IB.
  11. Guus

    Where do you live?

    Jakarta, Indonesia! Before that I was in Managua, Nicaragua. And before that in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  12. Guus

    Name Your IB School

    Jakarta International School, Indonesia | May 2009
  13. Hi all, I'm in the middle of IB and I'll be graduating in May 2009. Right now I have a 4.17 GPA with very decent grades overall. However, I don't take classes that are too difficult: Highers: History, English A2, Dutch A1 , Spanish B Stanards: Environmental Systems, Math studies. I've done AP Spanish Langauge (got a 4/5), AP US History (3/5) and AP Environmental Science (2/5). As you can see I'm not the best in math and science, luckily I have no interest in studying that. One of the colleges I'm looking at (and am interested in) is UCB (University College Dublin). This is its ranking. Is this college right for me? I find it hard to determine which colleges are good and which are not. And the ranking just confuses me, I see the rankings of 3 different institutions all with very different scores. Argh! Anyone here that knows something about UCD? I was thinking of trying to contact current students at UCD but I'm afraid they'll only give my positive stories since they're studying there..
  14. I'm jealous of some of you. My TOK class if far from what I want it to be. Even though there's almost 20 people in my class, only 4 or 5 regularly contribute to a discussion. Very annoying, I enjoy debating but if it's always with the same few people it gets boring. I think TOK has the potential of being amazing as long as all the contributing students are put in one class. I only have a few in mine and it kills the whole TOK experience and makes me dislike the class.
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