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Congratulations to CISB HS Graduate Berta de Aristegui

July, 2017
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Berta de Aristegui, High School graduate of Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB), is going to a university in Madrid, Spain. She is interested in studying International Relations and Global Communication across four languages, including Chinese.


cisb-hs-gradaute-bertaNow that I have finally graduated from High School, I feel happy as I’ve been able to study in a country like China, which has a very promising future, and I also feel proud as I’ve accomplished finishing IB.


My plan for the summer is to have fun. The first days in Spain will be about settling down, however once that is done, I am planning to have the best summer of my life. After two long years of IB, a good summer is what you need to rest yourself up.


I’ve been studying at CISB for two years, from 2015 to 2017. The experience that this school has offered me is unforgettable. Teachers were very helpful at all times and students were very welcoming as well, I believe that this school is special as it provides students with not only IB matters, but also being able to learn things such as different cultures and different languages, as well as combining two very important cultures together, in Canadian and the Chinese. 


Overall I am taking very good memories from my two years in China and at CISB. In my opinion, I think the best memory I am taking from CISB is having graduated with my class, not only because I have finished High School and can move onto a new life, but also because I’ve been able to achieve things that in my two years of IB I thought impossible to do. Also, being able to get together with my grade one last time before taking different paths is something that myself and all the other students will never forget.


Yes, I have taken full IB in High School. For my HL subjects I chose English A Language and Literature, Economics, and Business. For my SL subjects I had Mandarin AB Initio, Mathematics, and ESS. Being completely honest, IB is a very hard course. It demands a lot of your time and can sometime tire you too much. However I also believe that at the end of the day, the effort you make during IB is worth doing, as it will get you very far in life. For students studying IB, it’s very normal to feel pressured during this two-year course, but always remember that at the end of the day you’re not alone, and be sure that if you have any doubts or questions, do not hesitate to go to your teachers or your family.


The way that I managed to enjoy my High School life while doing IB was through time management. I tried to organize exams and projects in a way that I could also have some free time to go out with my friends and have some relaxation time. I think that one of the most important things to know when doing IB is that you should never give up having fun to keep studying, as both are equally important.


I also believe that another important key to success is purpose. If you really want to achieve something, you need to have a purpose and believe that you can do it, otherwise the path will be much more complicated and boring.


I’ve been studying in international schools for a total of four years, two in the Caribbean and two in China. I believe that international school prepares you very well for university as well as for future jobs you may take. If I hadn’t attended an international school in my life I don’t think I would be the person I am today.


Advice for fellow students: Go ahead and have fun. Do not be scared about school or IB, because these are just parts of your life you have to enjoy before it’s too late. Trust your teachers and take advice from them, as they know what they’re doing. Also, fellow students should balance studying with having fun; rest is as important as studying, so don’t stay home all day.


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