IB Spotlight: Kimberly Romero

Rachel Shogren and Halley Thadeus

Senior Kimberly Romero, balances her time between sports, running, music, animals and studying for her full IB schedule.  She studies hard and hopes to graduate with an IB Diploma in June and go on to atend college in Buenos Aires.

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

A:  I try to prioritize certain tasks and events based on what I should do rather than what I want to do. I try to do homework the day I receive it so that I’ll have free time during the weekend, or even later that day, to hang out with friends.

Q: What are your studying habits?

A: I try to start on my homework as soon as I get home from school and leave the studying for last. That way I have time to dedicate my attention to my notes. I listen to either classical music or piano music while I study.

Q: What is your favorite IB subject?

A: My favorite IB subject is Anthropology. Learning about different cultures is something that has always fascinated me!

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A:  After high school I plan on studying abroad in Argentina. I’ll be going to college in Buenos Aires and exploring Patagonia while I’m there. I intend on majoring in Environmental Engineering and then in Veterinary Science.

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

A: I am going to take out all of my old notes and study them little by little each day. I will most likely have Skype sessions with my friends and make studying fun.

Q: What is your extended essay topic?

A:  I selected anthropology as my subject. My specific question was, “To what extent has the modern world impacted beliefs and values of the Mayan and Incan cultures that exist today?” To further my research, I traveled to Riviera Maya, Mexico and Cuzco, Peru.

Q: Is your only focus academics?

A:   While I do love to learn, I don’t only focus on academics. I love playing sports and running. Music and animals are also another passion of mine.

Q: Who is your favorite IB teacher?

A: Mr. Kelly! He always makes our TOK classes exciting. It was through the first year of his class that I overcame my shyness of speaking.

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

A: Definitely try to be organized. Managing your time well not only saves you from so much stress, but it also will help ease your IB journey! Also, remember to breathe and take a break every now and then. School is important, but so is your health.

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

A: The IB program has taught me how to manage my time and have confidence in myself. I have been able to overcome many obstacles and complete homework assignments that teachers said wouldn’t be possible to complete the night before. It’s not only a program that requires you to focus on your academics and strive for the best, but it is also a program that teaches you a lot about yourself as well.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: In 10 years I see myself traveling the world (hopefully with my dog!), volunteering, and possibly having my own business.

Q: Who has helped you on your IB journey?

A: My parents have helped me on my IB journey. There were always supporting me through my toughest days and reminding me that I can do anything I set my mind on.

Q: What is your most challenging class and why?

A: IB Biology HL is my hardest class. I enjoy the subject very much, but the content can be diffcult to understand at times. However, Mrs. Mast makes the lessons a more enjoyable experience!