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09/08/2019

International Baccalaureate?

QUESTION
International Baccalaureate?
This might just be a panic attack but I can’t write my extended essay. I hadn’t even started writing it until tonight. But that’s not even the worst part. The worst pat is that I have no idea what to write. My research question is “How did Nazi propaganda in Germany versus abroad differ in effectiveness?” I read a book on Nazi propaganda and I’ve skimmed through Mein Kampf. But honestly, I have no idea what to write. I don’t care about it enough to be able to actually write something. So, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write this extended essay. I thought I could bullshit it but I can’t. So, I’m thinking about not doing full IB. I don’t even know if it’s worth all the studying and money for exams because I’m going to an instate college (university of oregon) and not a prestigious ivy league one. I’m still going to take all IB classes I just don’t want to do all the IB stuff. I mean, I have an okay SAT score (1930) and I’m retaking it in the fall. My ACT score is not so good but I”m retaking in September. My GPA is about a 3.8 and junior year I got all A’s. I don’t ahve alot of community service but I can definitely do more of it if I coudl quit worrying about IB stuff. What do you think I should do? I really hate this extended essay.

ANSWER
Whether you’re going to an Ivy or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that being an IB Diploma-holder is going to give you three potential benefits:

-it significantly increases your chances of being admitted to a good school (U of Oregon isn’t stellar, but it’s still pretty good),
-it increases the likelihood that you’ll get scholarships,
– and it means taking IB exams, which could earn you college credit.

With that said, the answer to this question depends upon whether you’ve already been admitted to the University of Oregon, whether your scholarships have already been decided, and whether you’ll be allowed to take IB exams if you don’t complete your Extended Essay.

If you’re in and took the tests, maybe skipping EE won’t matter. Otherwise, I think you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by skipping out.

Yes, I know. 4000 words. Yuck. But it’s worth it, and it’s preparation for college.

In terms of how to get this done: first of all, make sure you have a good compilation of sources. Try highlighting/marking important points, then compiling all that information in categories: maybe a chunk of data you can use for a section on German propaganda, a chunk on propaganda abroad, a chunk on overall history for the beginning.

Once you have that, try writing out basic paragraphs, with each first sentence of each paragraph just stating the main point in general, middle sentences including the data in your chunks, and the last sentence evaluating why this all matters in the greater scheme of things.

Next, write your thesis statement, based upon how you’d boil all those paragraphs down into one really meaty sentence. Then throw that into the last-to-second sentence of an introduction. Maybe start your intro with a quote, write a second sentence explaining how that’s related to the context of your paper, then toss in your thesis. Lastly, put in a sentence saying “This paper will (a), (b), and (c), where a, b, and c are the main components of your extended essay.

After that, write a conclusion that basically summarizes your essay.