It can be nerve-racking to start “gymnasium”, especially IB. New people, new school and for some a new country which is overwhelming on its own. You may have heard things about IB: It’s difficult, tons of homework, no sleep and no social life. But relax, this is not your life. YET. Because you are only in Pre-IB.
Last year before we were in Pre-IB, we didn’t really know what to expect. We expected it to be really difficult right away and very time-consuming. In a way that was how it started. Everything in English, a lot to learn and a lot to get used to. Everything was new. But except from the English part it’s not really that different from the other programs. Everything gets harder in “gymnasiet”, not only for IB. Especially math…
Now looking back we realize we worried way too much about Pre-IB. Because in the end the grades you get the first year don’t really matter when you apply (a million years later) for university. So with that said, have fun, explore the school and yourselves, and don’t stress out about your grades. You will have plenty of time to do that later.
But even if the grades won’t matter, the knowledge will. Because what you learn now will be the basics for IB = something you just have to know. Here is where you have a great opportunity. Practice on everything! The most efficient way to study, how to write a lab report, how to write an essay and what you need to eat in order to last a whole day. Make all the mistakes you can make now and learn from them because you won’t get the luxury to do that next year.
Even if you are nervous about this year, try to enjoy it, it’s fun to be a part of IB and you get to learn and do a lot of things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Yes, IB is difficult, it’s going to be demanding with a much homework. But you are not there yet. So don’t worry, be happy. And to everyone else at Åva: come down to the basement and feel the IB spirit!