It has been three years since I first set foot on the campus of Germantown High School. At first I was reluctant to become an IB student but at the end of ninth grade year I acquiesced to my friend’s suggestion that I join. My friend enticed me into joining the program by telling me about its benefits: the close knit connections between the IB students, the IB diploma, and the high quality education. Forgivably, my friend never touched on the downsides of this decision: the cumulative work and grilling curriculum. However, from my experience so far I have learnt that these so called downsides can greatly improve time management skills and stress management. The IB program has developed my critical thinking skills and has given me opportunities to improve my communication skills. The IB program requires that students learn a new language and I believe that once my journey through the IB program is over I will be able to communicate fluently in three separate languages. Before the IB program, I was already able to speak Vietnamese and English, but now I get to go in depth into my foreign language choice: Spanish. My friend had told me that we would be able to experience these things together but before we could my friend moved away. Even though the promise we made to get through the hardships together had been broken, I still wanted to commit to the educational challenge. My friend assured me that even without him, I had already made plenty of other friends in the program and I could rely on them for my endeavors instead. I plan on succeeding in the IB program by enhancing my view of the bigger picture and to expand my horizons via the program so that I can get the diploma.