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IB Extended Essay: Finding Competitions

If you or your child have made into the International Baccalaureate program, then congratulations! You've joined one of the most prestigious and proud organizations in the whole of adolescent academia! The IB program pits the best of the best against one another, and as any former IB student will tell you, there's a fair bit of stress involved (to say the least.)

That being said, IB students are often rather competitive by nature.

What does all of this mean?

When it comes time to apply for colleges - a naturally-competitive endeavor as it is, but a downright cutthroat one at times for IB students in the ever-more-challenging and selective world of college admissions - you're going to want to have a few extra feathers in your cap to make yourself look especially attractive to an admissions board. How do you do that? Good grades simply aren't enough anymore (They haven't been for some time) and neither is community service. No, you need to show college boards that you're already a proven winner.

One of the best ways of doing that is to find essay competitions and win them. On a related note, you're also going to want to make sure to ace your IB extended essay.

To deal with the second issue first, the biggest mistake that most students make going into the IB extended essay is to mistake cramming for actual studying. Good writing won't come to you when you're tired and stressed; granted, as many a cynical IB grad will tell you, those moods are often the de factor state for an IB student, but do your best to overcome that and, while you're at it, take a minute to do a couple of other things which you might not otherwise do - relax and have confidence in yourself.

As far as those competitions are concerned, you're going to want to surf the Web for all kinds of different competitions. Trust us - they're not just out there, but out there in spades. Every year tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unclaimed. Part of the task of scholarship is, likewise, one of the essential points in life - as Tennyson put it, "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Typing in "IB college essay competitions" into your Google search bar will lead to hundreds of different potential essays. That's the easy part. The hard part is choosing which ones to take on, and that choice is going to be governed by the second part of the equation - trusting yourself. Know thyself, know what your abilities are, and go from there.

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