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The New Life: Juniors Reflect on Their First Week of IB Classes

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Ryan Rucker
Juniors Marshall Gregory and Gabriel Hull after a powerful first week of IB classes.

One of North Atlanta’s most prized possessions is its famous IB program, which most people are familiar with. The International Baccalaureate is a rigorous program that aims to develop internationally-minded students of all backgrounds. Upon arrival to junior year, students at North Atlanta are presented with the opportunity to pursue this highly respected program throughout the remainder of their high school career. Last week – from August 1st to the 4th – IB juniors experienced their first week of classes and coursework.

 Typically, the first week of school is seen as an undemanding introduction to new teachers, peers, and environments. Students spend the first couple of days getting to know the school, as teachers get to know them as an individual. However, this was not the case for juniors in the IB program. For IB literature students, the first week of school consisted of three 50-question tests that were each geared toward summer reading assignments. “This definitely challenged me in ways that I appreciate,” said IB junior Samaria Strother. “I feel like I’m getting the college experience.”

When it comes to classroom etiquette, IB students are said to be top of the line. The mature, industrious demeanor that they embody is what keeps them so eminent and in demand. IB instructors play a pivotal role in maintaining and enhancing this mindset. Following their first week of IB, many juniors said that their teachers were a lot more serious than those previous. “I feel like IB teachers are very assertive,” said IB junior Marshall Gregory. “They definitely hold us to a higher standard.”

While IB classes provide a reputable title and look splendid on college applications, they also come with an abundance of work. The first week of school was no anomaly. Students spent every class period being productive and left with a good deal of homework each day. Many students appreciated the straightforward nature of their assignments, understanding that everything held value. “I’d rather be busy and learning than be busy doing busy work,” said IB junior Katherine Henley. “Plus my cute notes made me feel productive.”

Students understand that effort and determination will need to accompany them throughout their journey in the IB program. After their first week of IB classes, juniors now know what it means to be a part of the International Baccalaureate.

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