Some of my best memories were made during my time in the IB programme. By pushing me to my limits in terms of time management and learning new skills, it has given me the confidence and tools to succeed at University.
The IBDP course was more than just the submissions and internals, or the deadlines and countless acronyms; instead it was a programme that taught me to trust my work and venture beyond my comfort zone. I'm glad that I made this decision because otherwise I would have missed out on the countless experiences to grow, meet new people and be more confident for future challenges.
My IBDP journey was a rollercoaster of ups and downs. I think it all came down to making the right choices, at the right time. The one thing I found impossible to choose between was my studies and my passion for singing. Eventually, I decided to pursue my hobbies alongside my academic commitments and it was these various experiences both inside and outside of the IBDP curriculum that shaped me into who I am today, and prepared me for the outside world beyond JNIS.
The IB programme was gruelling, exhausting, and unsympathetic, but it was a necessary step in the right direction. I learnt to actually understand the material I was studying, and although I struggled through the first semester, and when the first wave of assignments washed over us, I realised that with a focus on understanding, everything became much easier. And with the environment at JNIS, with supportive teachers, a whole lot of extracurricular opportunities and really really great people in the student body, I do think that the IB has made me a so much more well-adjusted and well-rounded individual than I was at the start of the two years.
The two years of IBDP were challenging in so many aspects, and yet so much fun. However stressful and sometimes even frustrating the IA's and EE and TOK essay and WA's were, I really enjoyed the process of writing them. They really allowed me to explore the subjects by myself, while feedback and guidance from my teachers helped me improve my essays and widen my perspective. Definitely the most memorable years.
Through my two years in the IB Diploma Programme, I learned that the IB is what you make of it. The pandemic created a wave of uncertainty and an adaptive approach to the new online mode of learning. However, instead of allowing the workload to burden me, I decided to make the most of my experience by enjoying the process and learning something new each step of the way. Whether it was organizing events for the underprivileged village children in Gujarat for CAS, questioning the value of art in Tok or even dabbling through ethical issues in science, the IB Diploma Programme pushed me to engage with the world’s most significant issues and approach every challenge with courage, inquiry, and effective action. It’s a journey that every student must embark on to uncover the essential skills of time management, open-mindedness, and consistency for personal development and growth needed for university and beyond.
The IB programme at Jamnabai is definitely rigorous and has taught me how to motor through any obstacle and give my best. This programme pushed me to my limits, which made me achieve goals I had never done before. This journey has also taught me skills I will use at every point in life, and I am extremely grateful to have been a part of this programme.
Throughout my time in the IB Programme, I have realised that excellence truly can only be achieved through hard work, dedication, and most importantly, self-belief. Jamnabai provided me with a balanced environment that pushed me to expand my horizons and enabled me to thrive even under the most challenging circumstances. I have been able to develop, not only as a student with the goal of self-improvement, but also as a responsible citizen of the world. Today I can proudly say that I feel prepared to keep my eyes on the stars and feet on the ground while taking on the journey of life!
Coming from ICSE, I knew that IB was going to be a different experience. I was naturally apprehensive about changing curriculums. Nonetheless, I felt that it would help me prepare for the future in a holistic manner. At the same time, it also seemed like a good challenge, and I was determined to work for it. Soon enough, I got familiarized with everything and I really liked it. Each subject was equally interesting and along with the IBDP core, helped me broaden my horizons. The variety of activities I did as part of CAS made me realize where my interests lie, while enjoying my time. I am fortunate to have met such amazing peers and faculty who helped me develop my skills. I cannot say that another curriculum would have been better, but I can definitely say that this was an enriching experience that I am glad to have been a part of.