All my life, I’ve always sought a challenge. As I entered the 9th grade, I wanted the class that required every fiber of my being and all my attention. I craved the class in which I fought tooth and nail for absolutely every point and mark. When I saw the IB curriculum and its reputation for exhausting labor, I knew that I had to witness it for myself. After I enrolled in Germantown High School and passed the two pre-IB years (9th and 10th grade), I believed that I had grown accustomed to IB’s mandates. However, as my 11th year began and I threw myself into the fray once more, I realized my misjudgments. In the month of August alone, I’ve completed about four or five short essays, one artistic analogy, almost ten quizzes, and three tests. And yet, I am pleased. Unlike popular belief, the assignments are not very difficult if one prepares for them beforehand, not the period before or at two in the morning. Also, although the tests and quizzes are definitely much more challenging (I rarely see multiple choice now), the majority are generally fill-in-the-blank or short answer questions. However, the quizzes are also much shorter than the norm, usually being about ten questions long, giving little room for error. In addition, community service (CAS) hours also come into play, the required amount being at least one hundred hours per student. Although the task may seem monumental, I have actually earned seven hours already and simply need to document and reflect upon them to record my labor. In conclusion, IB life isn’t so hard if you intelligibly plan ahead, creating and following through with realistic goals. Nevertheless, the IB life is also an arduous and narrow path not for the faint of heart.