Paul Mateu - Graduate 2021 with 43 Points
When I initially signed up for the IB diploma, I am sure I had no genuine concept of what would mean to write a 4,000-word essay, 6 internal assessments and getting fully prepared for 12 exams to be taken by early May in a 3 week time. In the first year of IB, I didn’t really value the amount of work IB involves and to be honest, I was somehow naive, but soon, in the second year, I ended up learning how to manage my time wisely, but the hard way! Time management is key to success in IB, as you have to deal simultaneously with many subjects and so many projects. Thus, the great thing now is that I feel so much better prepared for multitasking.
Besides, I loved the way we interacted with our teachers, who are more of personal tutors and so very helpful in keeping us up with work progress and deadlines. Now, leaving behind these 2 challenging but exciting years, I am looking towards the future: I’m aiming at studying for an engineering degree at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Ireland. I am really looking forward to getting the offer (it’ll be by September) as TCD offers to choose your specialty after two years that are common to all engineering students. It helps choose a specialty (such as biomedical, civil, electrical etc.) with a more solid background than a fresher’s.