IB Graduate to IB Staff: Sky Brandt
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.
Sky did IB courses in the USA, graduating in 2002.
- What did you do for your EE? I wrote about education in the United States – specifically about the No Child Left Behind Act, which was passed just as I was entering my senior of year of high school. Education policy has always been a topic that has interested me, so I think it is both fitting and somewhat ironic that I work for an organization like the International Baccalaureate today.
- How did you feel about the IB while you were doing it? I personally thought it was great at the time, but I also like to think of myself as an academic at heart. I loved math, science, and literature. This made the IB curriculum a good fit.
- What was your favorite undertaking that you did for CAS? I volunteered at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. I fed baby raccoons, herded injured birds, mopped floors, cleaned cages. I can’t say it was earth-shattering work that changed the world, but the experience gave me an up-close understanding of the wildlife that lives around us and more importantly supported a unique local non-profit-organization that needed a strong-armed volunteer.
- Was your decision to attend your university based at all upon your IB experience, and/or the way that university regarded the IB? Unfortunately, it wasn’t. But, given that it is 12 years later and recognition has increased dramatically for the IB – this is something students should take advantage of in the United States by seeking out opportunities for scholarships, college credit, and or Sophomore/Junior standing. It will give an incredibly amount of flexibility down the road and could also be a huge piece of leverage during the application process.
- How/why did you come to work at the IB? Total and utter accident – but when I was applying, my experience with the IB and the positive impression I had led me to consider it strongly as a good place to be.
- What is your position at the IB? I am currently our Alumni Relations guru, working within the communications and marketing team.
- Do you have any advice for current or future IB students? Seek out friends, teachers, and mentors among those who inspire you – and do your best to keep in touch with them down the road.