thingsandqueens  asked:

On becoming a doctor: Do you want to emphasize on something? How far along in your studies are you?

I’m still a high school student. I plan on being a plastic surgeon, but not here in Brazil. I want to study either in the US or Canada, as I go to an international school (IB) and my diploma would be international.


Make a mural
Learn to play the ukulele or any instrument
Design a website for a group
Photography portfolio
Take a long-term art class
Start a photo blog
Participate in a school musical
Join/create a chess club
Write for a magazine or newspaper
Join a dance class
Paint pictures for elderly
Join a yearbook class/club
Join organize a culture club
Make activity books for sick kids at your local hospital
Program an app
Write a continuous fan-fiction novel
Organize a nature hike
Make a mural out of an ugly wall
Organize a community garden/help make one
Join/make a debate team
Sew stuffed animals for sick children at your local hospital
Make jewelry for sick children at your local hospital
Join/create a movie club
Create seasonal decorations for your school
Learn a new modern language
Learn a classical language
Learn sign language
Tutor children
Learn how to cook foreign, authentic foods and serve them to a local hospital or homeless shelter
Learn how to code

Join a sports team
Train for a marathon/half-marathon
Train for a triathlon
Learn how to play rugby
Hike a mountain
Organize a community walk
Organize a 5k
Join a yoga class
Join a cycling class
Learn how to box/kickbox
Weight training
Join a gym
Start a dog walking club
Climb a mountain
Learn how to surf
Plan an overnight expedition
Learn to scuba dive and get certification
Learn how to mountain bike
Learn how to skateboard

Tutor local elementary
Teach people how to sing/dance
Volunteer to play with orphans
Teach people at an organization to utilize technology
Organize a clean up for the environment
Take CPR classes
Help with a blood drive
Help a school club set up a website
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Volunteer at a local hospital
Be a captain for a relay for life team
Start a food collecting program for the needy
Record books on tape for blind children
Clothing drive
Set up a school partnership where IB kids help out elementary schools
Assist kids in Africa for the summer
Volunteer to help at a school

Study moods
  • Productive procrastination: having an essay due in a couple of days but reluctantly chooses to do homework instead.
  • Early bird: waking up at 6am and having a nice study session before school starts.
  • Late owl: stays up late to finish that one essay you procrastinated doing earlier.
  • In through one ear and out the other: reading the same paragraph five times and still wondering what it's about.
  • Slow but steady: when I make slow progress but I'm very proud of myself.
  • I don't want to: laying on your bed and continuously thinking that you will start studying in five minutes. Alternatively you stare at your book for a prolonged period of time.
  • The master of the free period: the times that you have a snack and a nice spot in the library and just study.
  • Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you: Theory of Knowledge
  • Looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll: Extended Essay
  • Looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll: Caffeine
  • Looks like they could kill you and could actually kill you: CAS
  • The Sinammon roll: your IB coordinator
The essentials for the Extended Essay

As the DP1′s are starting their extended essay I would like to say some things that I think will help you during the process.

1. Always keep deadlines

This is not for the teacher’s sake, but for your own. If you don’t keep deadlines or book meetings with your teachers, it’s so easy to think “I’ll do it later”. But the truth is, you need those meetings to make sure that you are on track with everything. 

2. Start early

You are not supposed to write your extended essay in a month. Not the first month after choosing a topic and not the last month before the deadline. This is supposed to be a process spread out over several months, but make sure you have started and know what to do.

3. Write when you want to 

If you choose a topic you really like (which you should) you will feel the urge to write on your extended essay. This is when you are supposed to write! Write when you feel motivated and inspired, and not when you feel forced to. By writing when you feel inspired and motivated you will keep the the process of writing the extended essay seem fun and positive.

4. Leave it for a while

If you follow the above tips, you will have time to leave the extended essay for a couple of days (or maybe even weeks) just so you can later on go back and look at it again from a different perspective. This is crucial, so that you see what your strengths are but also your weaknesses.

I hope this helped a little at least. Good luck!


10 Tips for a Good TOK Presentation

Our student bloggers are invited to write in their own words and to hold nothing back –we promise we won’t edit them. Read Farah Walter’s blog on 10 tips for a good TOK presentation on our From Students to Students blog:

Dear Readers,

I held my very first TOK presentation in class today. To be honest, I was overwhelmed by the work, and ravaged my brain to find “philosophical” and TOK related arguments. Nevertheless, I was inspired to create 10 tips and tricks for a good TOK presentation in hopes that these will help all of you:

  • Choose a good Real Life Situation. Helpful are classroom discussions, debates, and ultimately encounters that you have experienced.
  • Create a reasonable knowledge question that is not too easy but not too hard. Remember your knowledge question should be extracted from your RLS and should aim to draw linkages.
  • Use TOK terminology throughout the entire presentation. Specifically, the ways of knowing, areas of knowledge and TOK concepts. These will make your presentation more TOK based and accordingly boost your grade.
  • DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR REAL LIFE EXAMPLE TOO MUCH. This is key! Your aim is not to analyse your real life situation as you would in an FOA, but to establish TOK links and to reflect on how this produces knowledge.
  • Include multiple perspectives. These can either be yours, those of an expert or based on gender, race, culture, or the upbringing of an individual. Make sure to evaluate why different people might have different perspectives.
  • Structure your presentation coherently and establish a “flow”. There is nothing worse than an unorganized PowerPoint and no transitions between points. Structure your presentation the same way as you would structure your arguments.
  • When evaluating the implications focus on the long and short term effect as well as the global impact.
  • Do not use too many RLSs. Of course every group will vary in how many RLSs are used, however using too many may cause you to lose track and therefore create weak arguments.
  • Do not read off of your flash cards! Apart from the fact that the presentation will be very boring and monotone, IB examiners might believe you do not know your material and therefore deduct points.
  • Do not stress. Probably the hardest tip to follow, however the best advice I can give you. This is because your stress is transferred to your peers, the teacher and the examiners. By the time you present you know what you are going to talk about and therefore have no need to worry!

Best of luck,
Your Farah

Extended Essay 🌟📚

Dear witchblr,

My name is Care and I’m in my last year of the IB diploma program. One of the components of the progrM is doing an extended essay on a topic of your choice, mine is about The Great Gatsby and the portrayal of the American Dream. It’s not done yet but my final draft is due by the end of the month. Would anyone who has finished the IB diploma program or anyone who has graduated high school be willing to read it over for me and give me some feedback? Thank you my friends 💕

Waking up early is a struggle for many students, me included. As someone who wakes up at 6am every school day I know this all too well. So I decided to create this post to give you some tips on how to make it a bit more manageable to wake up early. 

It can be really difficult to force yourself out of bed but I think that there are more advantages than disadvantages to it in the end.

So here we go!

The night before

Start your night routine 1 hour before you want to close your eyes for the night. For me that time is 9pm since I want to go to bed at 10pm. So I try to stop studying around that time and start making my bag and such. That usually takes 30 min which means that I have 30 minutes for myself before bed. 

Put out clothes for the next day. This is a classic but it works really well. Check the weather for the next day and choose appropriate clothes. This way you will save time in the morning and won’t have to stress about what to wear. 

Make your bag. This is very effective and saves loads of time in the morning. Put all your school books in your bag for the next day and add any snacks or drinks that you’ll bring. 

Put your alarm somewhere you can’t reach it. Put it away from your bed so that you have to get up to turn it off. This way you are less likely to get back to bed. Also it prevents you from using your phone into the endless hours of the night. 

Put your alarm so that your have more time than you need in the morning. I personally don’t like being stressed in the morning so I’d rather put my alarm for a bit to early. 

Have a glass of water by your bed. In case you get thirsty in the middle of the night. 

You will have to go to bed on time. This is unavoidable if you want to feel alive the next day. I personally like to go to bed at 10pm. I’ve never been much of a night person. I would recommend getting at least 7 hours of sleep. 

In the morning

Let all that light in. Don’t dwell in the darkness because you’ll just make it more difficult to get up.

Don’t snooze! I know that it is tempting but don’t do it! You’ll just go back to bed and be more tired and get up an hour later and then be late for class. 

Splash your face with cold water. A kinder version of the cold shower. I personally don’t like to shower in the morning and this works just as well. 

Get dressed ASAP. Then you feel more awake and you’re less likely to go back to bed. 

Do something that you like. I like to watch a tv show episode in the morning because I really like my tv shows and it also gives me a reason to get up on time. If I don’t get up on time I won’t be able to watch my episode. But you could do anything that you enjoy like sudoku or drawing. It becomes a good start of the day. 

Food! I am personally not a big fan of breakfast to early in the morning so I eat really slowly which is another reason for why I like to have a lot of time in the morning. Make something that you know you like, and if that an is avocado sandwich then great but simpler stuff like a cheese sandwich works just as well. 

Decide on a time that you will leave the house. This will make it easier for you not to lounge around at home for too long.

Benefits of an early start

You have time to exercise in the morning! I know that this isn’t something that people like but it is a very good way of waking up. You don’t have to do a full out work out routine, it can just be a 20 min yoga session or a light jog. 

You add like 3 hours to your day. This is what enjoy the most when it comes to waking up early. It really feels like your day becomes twice as long. 

You can distribute your studying time. I personally like to study in the morning if my classes start after 9am. That way I don’t have to do all of my schoolwork in the afternoon. 

You get some me time. Wether this will be in the afternoon or in the morning is up to you. But in the end you will have more time for yourself. You can also be completely by yourself in the mornings since you’ll be the only one awake. I quite like that. 

You get to enjoy the sunrise! 

This advise is based on what I like to do in the morning so everything might not work for everyone but I hope that you might find some of it useful. And be patient, because it will not be easy to wake up early on the first day. But if you do it for a while it will become easier :)



catching up on hl chem with the help of my bullet journal and study playlist on spotify. i’m currently about 2 lessons behind but i know i can catch up! i would also greatly appreciate any recommendations for the playlist!



-like what i did
-why it’s significant
-why i liked it or what i could have improved
-the impact it has on my life
-for the future
-why is it significant
-will it affect any of my choices?
-will i think about continuing this project
-is it important in this community? nationally? internationally?
-how did it affect people around me?



[2/9/14 4:37:16 PM] BM: part 1 how to stop procrastinating
[2/9/14 4:37:39 PM] BM: part 2 how to copy this reflection template without making it look obviously plagerized
[2/9/14 4:37:50 PM] BM: part 3 how to kiss your cas coordinator’s ass
[2/9/14 4:38:07 PM] BM: part 4 how to write a fucking reflection
[2/9/14 4:38:17 PM] BM: part 5 how the fuck does this have anything to do with my life
[2/9/14 4:38:23 PM] BM: part 6 pretend to be interested