IB Graduate to IB Staff – Maya Grodman
To get the blog started, I have done a spotlight on a few of the IB staff members in the Americas office who are also IB graduates.
Maya did the IB Diploma Programme at Collège du Léman International School in Geneva, Switzerland, graduating in 2009.
- What did you do for your EE? Theatre Arts: How to use the production elements when staging the musical “Hair” in a way that best communicates its main themes of peace and love.
- What is your favorite memory from your time doing the IB? For my HL Theatre Arts Independent Project, I opted to do a performance instead of a research paper. I wrote, composed, and directed an original musical, and had over 60 students involved in the production. This experience is what led me to pursue theater in college, and I would not have done it without the assignment prompt from my IB course.
- Where did you attend university? Tufts University (BA Drama, Peace & Justice Studies)
- Was your decision to attend your university based at all upon your IB experience, and/or the way that university regarded the IB? Even though Tufts has quite a strong IB recognition policy, I didn’t really realize that we could get credit for our work. Our counselor and coordinator didn’t really talk about university credit, so I didn’t know to look for it. I knew Tufts was very international, which I liked, and got lucky when I showed up freshman year and they gave me credit for four classes!
- What is your position at the IB? University Relations Administrator
- What is it like working at the IB as an IB graduate? It’s incredibly helpful, as I get questions from universities about the IB every day. My understanding of the program helps me answer them immediately. It’s also helpful when advocating for strong recognition policies amongst universities – as someone who went through the program and then attended university in the USA, I can speak to the details of the program and how important recognition is from a student’s perspective, as well as an IB employee’s.
- Do you have any advice for current or future IB students? It may be overwhelming at times, but pushing yourself now will set you up to be a hugely positive influence in our world. The IB isn’t just a stepping stone; it’s a spring board, and it’ll help you go farther than you can imagine.