What It Was Like to Be an IB Student in Jordan

Ahh if only I could go back to being an IB student!

Of course those were not exactly my sentiments when I was doing IB, but isn’t it like that with everything else in life? You never actually appreciate what you have until it’s gone.

I knew I wanted to study in a Jordanian university when I was in high school, so everyone was like ‘but then why do IB if you’re staying here?’ I remember feeling unsure of the quality of education I was going to get in a Jordanian university, so I thought I might as well get the best education I can get while I was still in school.

When you’re an IB student, you become sure that what you’re doing is the most difficult thing in the world, and honestly for a 16 year old, IB is not exactly a walk in the park. I remember a page on Facebook
called IB Memes which was the coolest thing back then; it made us all feel connected somehow and we’d all send each other stuff from it all the time. But all jokes aside, being an IB student is really one of the best experiences any student can go through. It is so much more than just academics. It teaches students to be holistic and prepares them for their college experience in ways that no other program does. IB students go into university ready to take on whatever essays, reports or research papers that they have to. Not to mention the fact that they actually learn how to think critically about any information they receive and not just take things at face value. I remember one of my friends being in utter shock after finding out that IB students learned how to do that at school.

It makes me sad that we were not the ones to come up with such an incredible program (maybe in the future), but thankfully we have the opportunity to study this program in our schools that gives high quality education to our students so that maybe later on they would come up with systems that would trump
the IB system too!


Written by Raja’ U. – Guru @instatoot

Also published on Medium.

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