In every high school, there are groups of people. Everyone wants to find a place where he or she fits in: to find people who match their characteristics, quirks, or interests. I, however, found that I vary from group to group and I can’t find just one group for me. But, with careful observation, I realized my fellow IB students are the same way. I realized almost none of us fit in a stereotypical clique like jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, band geeks, and so on. Every single person has a variety of interests and characteristics that makes it difficult to find one single group. While some do find it easier to place themselves in one group rather than floating from group to group, they still mingle with everyone.
What if the IB program was not put in place in Germantown or in any high school in the world? What would happen to students like us? What IB has to offer me and fellow peers are not shallow conversations. It’s a place where we can all connect through rigorous courses and all-nighters--through the experiences we all make with each other. It’s not because we’re stuck with each other for the entirety of high school, which may be a contributing factor, but because we choose to know each other and strengthen our relationship because we realize we are family. I found that we all need each other, not because we’re in some special group where we don’t let outsiders in, but because we understand the hardships we all go through whether it’s the biology test everyone complains about or the endless sea of homework we constantly have to swim through. We wouldn’t be who we are today without the people we know. Sappy but it’s the truth.