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IB Spotlight: Aisha Tahir

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Q: How do you keep up with your academics and social life?

A:  I keep up with my academics while maintaining my social life by getting my major assignments done early and the usual homework later at night. Also it helps that most of my friends are either diploma candidates or take a lot of IB classes.

Q: What are your studying habits?

A: My studying habits are very varied. Usually after school, I come home late because of extra curricular activities so I go to bed early and wake up early. For example, I would go to bed at 10pm one night and if I have a major test or a huge assignment, I would wake up at 2am  and study.

Q: What is your favorite IB subject?

A: My favorite IB subject so far has been either IB Theory of Knowledge or the content in IB Topics.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: My plan after high school is to attend Princeton University.

Q: How are you going to prepare for the IB exams?

A: To prepare for IB exams, I am reviewing all my notes from last year for the two year classes and for the one year classes, I am planning on studying closer to the exam.

Q: What is your extended essay topic?

A:  My extended essay topic was: To what extent has the diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis and Hemochromatosis changed with the advancement on technology?

Q: Is your only focus academics?

A:   My only focus has never been academics. I believe that what we learn in class needs to be applied to every part of our lives. I think academics have taught how to be principle the most and for the past two years, I have made sure to value an A less then going to a protest or doing a nice thing for a loved one.

Q: What advice would you give future IB diploma candidates?

A: Advice that I would give future IB candidates is don’t worry, you will make it. Learn how to work hard and give it your all but don’t get obsessed with the A. Sometimes it’s really okay to BS things and pick personal time over school.

Q: Who is your favorite IB teacher?

A: It’s very hard to pick a favorite teacher considering I love almost all of my teachers but the one that I have had for four years and that has not only been my favorite teacher but the reason for my high school success is Ms. Ash.

Q: What advice would you give future IB diploma candidates?

A: Take some time for yourself sometimes. This is a stressful program and it’s going to wear you down every once and awhile. In the end, the one assignment you’re probably stressing on isn’t as important as your mental well-being. On the other hand, don’t procrastinate (it’s usually not worth it and helps in avoiding stressful situations).

Q: What skills do you think the IB program has taught you that can help you later in life?

A: IB has taught be how to be an open minded thinker and how to form my own views on the world. It has taught be confident and has given me the most valuable gift of being opinionated.

Q: Who has helped you on your IB journey?

A: Through out my IB journey, my fellow IB candidate friends and all of my other friends have helped me on the days that I slept past my alarm or just didn’t have time to get an assignment done. Not only in school but also they have helped me during the painful late nights. I have it to the end because of their moral support and the wonderful IB teachers who mostly been nothing but understanding.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: In 10 years, I see myself being done with medical school and moving to a third world country to give assistance to people who are poor and lack basic necessities. If Iww’m lucky, I would love to be joining doctors without borders.


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IB Spotlight: Aisha Tahir