6 Ways of Life After Your IB Exams

  1. The party animal: After your last exam you were ecstatic. The years of agony are done - at least for now. But how should you treat your saturated and exhausted brain? Well, do you remember the “Memory Clear” button on your calculator? You have one of these too, but you trigger it with one hell of a party. The good news is, with your IB exams completed, there’s nothing to stop you from a second, or third, or fourth, or fifth party. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat... Enjoy!
  1. The sleeper: The countless all-nighters working on essays, revising for exams, or catching up on homework require you to do only one thing after your last exam: sleep! No, you’re not looking for one of those seven-hour naps people like to take every night. I mean the real thing, where only the urge to use the bathroom can wake you up from your fourteen-hour dream marathon. You surely deserve it, but after you’re done hibernating, it’s time to live in the real world again.
  1. The fanatically spontaneous: During school there was a schedule for everything. Your classes, your deadlines, your exams, your holidays. You needed 150 CAS hours, were restricted by word limits and assessed using grade boundaries. This is all over! Your new motto is to do whatever, whenever, wherever, with whomever, simply because this is what you feel like doing. There is no more need to plan, you are free and you do as you please.
  1. The global citizen: You learned a second language, about the geography and history of certain regions, and about the cultural backgrounds of your friends. Now you want to go and see this world you heard so much about. From Paris to Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town, it’s all on your bucket list and you have no time to lose. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - Augustine of Hippo
  1. The lifelong student: Just because your revision and exams are over you don’t think the learning is over. Your teacher is life, and you embrace all the beauty, tragedy, insights and unanswered questions it has to offer. You may still be young, but your wisdom is already intimidating. It’s because you know that your knowledge and your experiences are invaluable, as they are the only things that no one can ever take away from you. Either that, or you simply enjoy the satisfaction you get from being the biggest know-it-all in the room.
  1. The restless: So what if exams are over? Now you need to study for your dream universities’ admission tests, then finish your Bachelor in two instead of six semesters (with a flawless GPA, of course), so that you have your Masters before turning twenty. Otherwise you won’t be president before you are 30, and that would be pretty embarrassing wouldn’t it?

Congratulations and all the best wishes to the participants of the 2015 IB May exams! To those coming up next: Keep going and it will pay off in the end!


„It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.“ – Marcus Aurelius


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