Rachael Bouwman

“In the fall of 2015 I will be entering a pre-medical program at Calvin College (USA) as a member of their honors society. I believe that not only has IB given me the knowledge I need to be successful in my higher education, but has given me the confidence necessary to excel. Due to having completed TOK and an Extended Essay, tasks such as presenting and taking part in class discussions or completing an extensive research paper do not seem as daunting as they once did. During the many intellectual conversations that took place in my IB courses, my teachers impressed upon me that my opinions and thoughts are valuable and should be shared, even if not fully correct, and because of this I am a more active/participating scholar. IB also created a sense of curiosity within me, and gave me the skills necessary to explore these different areas of inquisition.”

Rachael Bouwman, Horton IB Diploma graduate, Class of 2014