How did the International Baccalaureate help you after you left St Andrews?
The International Baccalaureate prepared me for the upcoming challenges that I was about to face in University. In my first year at The University of British Columbia I was bombarded with several research papers with little to no explanation, as professors imagined we would be familiar with the concept. I had seen some of my friends struggle with the assignments, but due to the IB, I had enough experience and was prepared to make it work.
Above all, I was also able to juggle between my academic life and social life, this was definitely because the IB allowed me to broaden my horizons and divide focus between several subjects and commitments such as the Extended Essay and CAS.
What advice would you give to current St Andrews International Baccalaureate students?
To have confidence in themselves and know that they are going to make it. The teachers are really supportive so ask them lots of questions. Also, do not let go of any opportunities that come your way. This is because once the results come out, there will be no regrets and a doorway to immense opportunities.