IB Spotlight: Marina Chen performs outside of class

Jessica Salisbury, Academics Editor

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How do you keep up with your academics and social life?
A lot of my friends are in the same extracurricular activities as I am, and for those who aren’t I make special time with them on the weekends. With my academic life, I usually keep all of my deadlines in a calender on my phone and get daily updates on what I should prioritize that day, so I don’t procrastinate too often and can get a sufficient amount of sleep for the next day.

What are your studying habits?
I study each subject a little bit everyday so I don’t have to cram it all in the day before a test. Also, sometimes I get my family members or friends to help me on something that I may be struggling to memorize or figure out.

What is your favorite IB subject?
Honestly, I love IB Theory of Knowledge. There are no tests or quizzes, but I feel like it’s still one of the classes that I learn the most from because it helps me find connections between all the other IB subjects. It’s a discussion-based class in which we get to voice our opinions while analyzing our own biases every time we do reach a conclusion or raise a question about a certain topic which I think will serve as extremely helpful in college and in the real world.

What are your plans after high school?
I plan to get into and go to college and hopefully have the chance to study abroad as well because I just love seeing other parts of the world and learning about them. Studying abroad gives you a fresh outlook on life and your own hometown.

How do you prepare for IB exams?
I study/review throughout the year and ask my teachers a lot of questions. Last year, I also ask them for extra practice IB exams in that field of study in order to betetr prepare myself for the format of the test.

Is your only focus academics?
Being in the IB diploma it’s hard to focus on more than just academics, but I still believe my life is more than just studying for this and that and getting grades over here and over there. I love being in marching band (color guard) and I love theatre.

Who has helped you on your IB journey and how or why?
In this I’d like to say it takes a village, as in, my family, my IB classmates, my friends, and my teachers, have all helped me along the way. There is not one specific person I can really give all the credit to, when in reality, there are a lot of people to blame for my success.

What skills do you think the IB program has taught you that can help you later in life?
The IB diploma has taught me how to manage my time effectively in order to have time for myself, friends, family, school and my extracurriculars. I also think that the IB diploma has truly helped me understand the value of risk-taking; life really is too short not to ask questions and to be stuck doing the something you hate, therefore ask away and dream realistically.