Article by Audrey Sy

If you ask upperclassmen about the IB, you would most likely be greeted with groans of frustration, tales of long sleepless nights, and general eye-rolling. But surely there’s more to IB than downing coffee every morning and dolefully staring at PowerSchool.

Here are some tips, general advice, and stories from the ISM seniors about how to de-stress and have fun in the IB!

“Manage your time and remember that it is okay to give into Senioritis sometimes! If you need a break, take a break!” –Juliana A.

“Don’t take things too seriously! There was a rumor going around that if someone gave birth or died during an IB exam, everyone would get an automatic 7. I doubt this is really the case, but it did lead to a heated argument as to:

  1. How pregnant do you have to be until you’re forced to sit out of an IB exam – and then what do you do?
  2. How would someone die during an IB exam – panic attack? blood pressure?
  3. Who would “volunteer?” –Samantha B.

“The IB will be a thousand times better if you’ve got a great relationship with your teachers. Besides your fellow students, teachers are the people who’ll understand your workload and stress the most. A lot of them also have some pretty funny or interesting stories to tell, as well as some solid advice for handling the future. Get to know your teachers during the IB and you might make a friend or two… Besides, it can’t hurt your grades, right?” –Jason F.

I think that the best way to destress is just to find a hobby. Pursue a hobby that you really enjoy, and whenever you’re stressed just go back to it for maybe 30 minutes or so; have a nice cup of tea on the side while listening to your favorite music. For advice: only take classes that you know you’ll really be invested in! I think what people get wrong is that they’ll take classes because they think it’s easy or their friends are taking it, or they think that it’ll make their parents proud. In the end you can’t keep doing something that you don’t actually love. It’s like being alive without living.” –Sophy M.

“Well, there was this one time I had a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 in PowerSchool… That was funny!” –Anonymous


“Basically I think just go with the flow and try not to dwell on anything. It’s so easy to get lost in over-thinking but you should just enjoy these moments you have, and don’t stress TOO much about grades!” –Lileya S.


No matter what kind of student you are, overachieving or laid-back, it is always important to be able to remember to have fun and to look at the humor in life (just take it from “Anonymous”). IB is about being well-rounded and well-balanced, not just academically – but also in your social and personal life. So don’t forget to relax and have fun!

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