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A DP grad’s string of victories: Q&A with Canadian yo-yo champion Harrison Lee

IB programmes are designed to cultivate students’ agency. Programme elements like the exhibition, personal project and CAS, encourage students to explore and develop their unique interests. In this post, Harrison Lee—a graduate of the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP) and a three-time Canadian national champion in yoyo—describes how […]

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All work and no CAS makes Jack a dull applicant

In a first for the country’s tertiary institutions, the Australian National University is adopting a more-holistic admissions system that considers co-curricular activities alongside academic results. For Australia’s IB Diploma Programme (DP) students, the changes may make an already auspicious qualification even more valuable. DP graduate of Pembroke School and student at the Australian National University, […]

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How I found what my college experience was missing

What do social causes and activities add to university life? Emily Paglicci, a Diploma Programme (DP) graduate from Carrollwood Day School, wanted more out of her college experience. At American University, USA, she found a way to give back to the community by joining EagleTHON, an organization that raises funds for accessible children’s healthcare.

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Seven ways to help protect the planet

In part two of our feature on sustainable schools, we showcase some of the environmental projects that IB students are involved in 1. Create a school garden “A sustainable school garden, or the ‘living classroom’ as some people call it, is the perfect holistic playground and it enables students to reconnect with the natural world helping […]

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An eye-opening Arctic expedition

Diploma Programme (DP) student Hari Tamang joined a trip to the Earth’s northernmost region to discuss climate change, technology and ethics “There are trips, and then there are the trips that change you,” says Hari Tamang, a DP student at UWC Red Cross Nordic (RCN), Norway. “I still cannot believe that I swam across the 80th […]