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IB Spotlight: Amy Han is more than just an explorer

Jessica Salisbury, Academics Editor

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How do you keep up with your academics and social life?
To keep up with my academics and my social life I write all the tasks I need to complete in my agenda. I also use my time during W4 and lunch very wisely to try and finish up any assignments that I have.
What are your studying habits?
My study habits consist of Quizlet, study guides and rewriting. I make flashcards on quizlet, do the study guides that are given and write down information that I haven’t memorized over and over again.
What is your favorite IB subject?
My favorite IB subject would have to be IB Film Studies, because I can spend hours editing and not be bothered or irritated considering I actually enjoy the art of filmmaking and I want the best outcome possible.

What are your plans after high school?
I plan on attending a four year college and studying industrial engineering or BIT and minoring in cyber security after high school.
How do you prepare for IB exams?
To prepare for IB exams, I usually zone out at the library, review all the information given and practice the problems that can possibly be given.
Is your only focus academics?
No, my only focus isn’t academics. I am actually very focused on earning a scholarship for working 1000 hours at Green Springs Village and I also enjoy making my own films.

Who has helped you on your IB journey and how or why?
My mom, Linda Bradshaw, Niki Holmes and my friends have helped me on my IB journey. My mom has given me her fullest support and she’s always there to listen when I tell her about the assignments I have yet to complete so she understands my stress. I wouldn’t have survived IB without my friends continously reminding me about upcoming quizzes or staying up with me so I don’t feel alone. Bradshaw supported me through my IB journey and is open to listening to my problems and Holmes is the EE coordinator so she guides me through the essay process.
What advice do you give to future IB candidates?
My advice to future IB candidates is to finish your EE draft during the summer and to do as much as you can when you’re in a motivated mood because you’ll thank yourself later when you’re feeling lazy.

What skills do you think the IB program has taught you that can help you later in life?
The IB Program has taught me how to think on interpretation and use the materials I learn to apply to situations. The program has also taught me how to knock out essays in my sleep.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I hope to see myself finished with college, driving a Mini Cooper and engineering for a company with a campus office space and a view I won’t get tired of!

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IB Spotlight: Amy Han is more than just an explorer