Hello. If you are reading this, you are probably interested in studying the IB in our school. Well, it’s your decision. What I want to do is offer you some tips that help me, personally, enjoy my experience of being at EMIS. Of course, these strategies can be different for everyone and my tips might not help you, but if they help at least one person, I will be happy.
Studying abroad in an international school might be a dream for some people, as it was for me. However, because of human nature, when we achieve or goals and dreams there is always something more to want. For example, now, studying at an international school is no longer magical for me, because it has become my reality. Through this article, my goal is to try and help you gain as much as possible from my reality.
Tip 1: Limit your expectations.
This is extremely important. Do not expect that this place will be heaven. After watching a promotion video of our school, you might think so but, please, do not. Do not expect that people came here will help you with everything you want. Do not expect that this is a kingdom of kindness and is a perfect society, where you will live in your comfort zone, and success and luck will always be with you. Remember, nothing worth having comes easily! You do need to work hard in order to be successful in studying. You do need to use a significant amount of your energy and power for IB requirements. You do need to find compromises with people, because someone might disagree with you. As with every place, you will meet people that might not be nice to you, and this is reality. High expectations can lead to depression. So, don’t expect too much.
Tip 2: Be organized.
Time management is extremely important. If you are an IB student, you have so many things to do. In order to be successful and to do everything on time, you need to make a schedule and follow it. If you are disorganized, it can lead to academic troubles.
Tip 3: Set your priorities.
Before you come here, ask yourself; ‘what do I want to take from this school? What kind of person do I want to be in the end of my two years of studying there?’ Everyone has different priorities. For someone it can be 42 points in the IB, for someone else, to take as many CASes as possible and, for another, to travel and to explore the country. For me, for example, it is to change the negative sides of my personality, to learn how to learn and to have a good IB grade that will allow me to study, on scholarship, in any university that I want. Set your priority and repeat it to yourself every day; ‘what do I want to take from this place?’ This will help you to concentrate on your goals.
Tip 4: Be ready to lose your friends and your connections from the past.
Moving to another country is a significant step in life. If you can’t say “pa-pa” to your past and move on, this is not the place for you. You don’t have time for nostalgia. Homesickness removes your stability. You can’t afford it here. You should always be stable.
Tip 5: Socialize.
Don’t forget that you live with people from all over the world. It is interesting to learn about cultures of different countries, isn’t it? You have many amazing people here and you can learn a lot from them (Thank God, I found a person here who inspires me and teaches me a lot). Boarding school is a perfect school for learning how to live in a society.
These are the main tips that can help you gain as much as possible from this place. I am grateful that I am here, because I am achieving my goals.
Don’t forget, you have the best years of your life ahead of you. Is it worth it to spend them here?
My answer is yes.
Author: Daniel Onyshchenko
Editor: Shy Zvouloun