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Regretting All My IB Subject Choices - Shreya Sachdev

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. In this week’s post, I thought I would explain to you why I regret all my IB subject choices and which subjects I would choose to take instead if I could go back in time. I’m not trying to offend any of the subjects I talk about because this is just my personal experience with them. It’s clear that the subjects I took weren’t well suited for me specifically, and that I don’t enjoy studying the majority of them. Let’s start!

First of all, if you guys don’t know, I do the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program. This is a program in which you are basically forced to study six subjects which includes English, one foreign language, two sciences and one humanity (or two humanities and one science), and mathematics. That’s basically how it works for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Then, there’s another section called International Baccalaureate Career’s Program, which is basically where you study three or four subjects (two at SL or two at HL) and you get to pick what you study. Along with this, CP students don’t have to write a 4000 word extended essay or do TOK (Theory of Knowledge). I really wish I could explain to you guys what TOK is, but I myself don’t understand after supposedly studying it for two years.

As I said before, I do the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. I take Higher Level English, Higher Level History, and Higher Level Geography. Then, I do Standard Level Biology, Standard Level French B, and Mathematical Studies. The reason as to why I chose my subjects were because at the end of Year 11 (which is when you are supposed to be finalizing your subjects) I went through somewhat of an identity crisis and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. At that time, what I really wanted to do was international relations and politics, and that’s why I thought Geography and History would be perfect for me. However, now I’m so much more interested in Screenwriting and Film that Geography and History don’t interest me as much anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy studying both of those subjects. I think it’s fascinating to know what’s happening in the world right now, and I also think it’s astonishing to know what has happened in the past. However, I have a lack of passion and I just wish I had more motivation to study really hard for these subjects. The one subject that I do really enjoy studying for is English Literature because I love reading and analyzing texts. I don’t think I’m even that good at it, but I still like coming up with ideas and producing my own thoughts on what the author’s intention is in different sections of a book.

If I could go back, though, I would definitely do the International Baccalaureate Career’s Program Business and do English, Film, and Theatre. This way, I would get a lot more experience and knowledge about the industry that I want to head into later on in my life, and I wouldn’t have to waste my time studying subjects that I’m not passionate about. With this being said, I can’t lie and say that I despise my subjects. I definitely loathe Biology, but I have learnt so much in History and Geography that it’s really made me appreciate certain aspects of the world and expanded my horizons. I guess what I’m trying to say is that in some ways I’m grateful that I made the wrong International Baccalaureate subject choices and that taking these subjects wasn’t the worst decision I’ve made in my life.

Shreya Sachdev