IB Spotlight: Vivian Tran

Rachel Shogren, Academics Co-Editor

Senior Vivian Tran, balances her time between hanging with friends and studying for her full IB schedule.  She studies hard and hopes to graduate with an IB Diploma in June and go onto atend college. 

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

A:  I try to keep a balance of both in my schedule. I usually set aside time right after school or take breaks during the evening to talk to my friends.

Q: What are your studying habits?

A: For me, making quizlets and rewriting notes a few days before a quiz or test work best.

Q: What is your favorite IB subject?

A: My favorite IB subject would have to be Physics.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A:  I’ll (hopefully) be in my first year of college.

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

A: I’ll probably end up studying every chance I get. After all, it’s what will determine whether or not I get the actual diploma.

Q: What is your extended essay topic?

A:  My extended essay topic is within the field of visual arts, more specifically photography.

Q: Is your only focus academics?

A:   No, of course not. My main goal is keeping myself happy so I try to spend a lot of my free time doing things I love such as playing video games.

Q: Who or what has helped you on your IB journey?

A: Mr. Kelly’s TOK definitely had a lasting impact on me. After a semester, my outlook on the program and life in general has changed. I find myself thinking a lot deeper about certain issues that I would not have before.

Q: Who is your favorite IB teacher?

A: My favorite IB teacher would have to be Ms. Stevens.

Q: What advice would you give to future IB Diploma Candidates?

A: Do your work on time. It seems simple, but it can help in so many ways.

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

A:  Coming from a super shy person in the past, it is weird to say I am completely comfortable with public speaking thanks to the IB program.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I see myself living with my best friend, a cat, and a dog. All while struggling to pay off lingering student debt.