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The misconception of comfort zones

Each year we invite IB alumni to share their experiences, interests and advice with our global community in the graduate voices series. We welcome Diploma Programme (DP) graduate Eman Elraie as she reflects on how she turned fears into strengths by stepping out of her comfort zone.

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Why I left the UK for an international life

Each year we invite IB alumni to share their experiences, interests and advice with our global community with the graduate voices series. Harriet Boston to reflects on how she left the UK and became a world traveller after growing up in a small village and graduating from Plymouth High School for Girls.

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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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The power of your network

Up until now, good grades, community service, and other individual accolades got you what you deserved… That is, however, not exactly how it works after you complete the DP. Alumni, Matthew Ferby, shares his advice on networking and navigating the professional playing field beyond the Diploma Programme.

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On numbers, values and risk

“The arts demonstrate that what we later come to recognise as paradigm-changing innovations could hardly have been planned, and as a result are … the work of individuals who took the road less-traveled.” DP graduate Marcel Wälde explores the value of open ended creative inquiry in an era that is increasingly quantified.

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

What do you do when confronted with results that don’t meet your expectations? Diploma Programme (DP) graduate Safinah Hambali says “One of the greatest tests in life is overcoming disappointment … having a more positive attitude gives yourself a chance to find success in the future.”