21 November, 2021
Have you ever wondered what a typical day of an IB student looks like for a second-year student? After undergoing one year of the IB course, I have learnt that it is important to find a routine that encompasses time for both my academics and fun. Here’s hoping that I stick to it.
What time does an IB student’s morning begin, you ask? Well, it depends on the day and how tired I am. I usually wake up at 4 am when I have at least 5 hours of sleep. But if I’m exhausted, I would likely wake up at 5 am or 5:30 am. You would think that staying up every night would make it harder to get up earlier and that I would still find myself hitting the snooze button on the alarm until the very last second. This is the main reason I have an alarm every 5 minutes until I wake up.
Now, I really try my best to be the person who exercises everyday and I strive for that, but the amount of assignments I get in a day makes me stay up during the night, which makes me too exhausted to wake up and exercise. Luckily, this past week I had the time to exercise early in the morning.
I firmly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. First I walk to the kitchen, pop the kettle for a cup of tea and then make something to eat. My breakfast usually depends on what I feel like eating on that day, but I recently tried making avocado egg toast and it was delicious!
After a delicious and healthy breakfast, I get ready for school and head out the door by 7 am. One thing I am most grateful for this year is being able to physically attend school. During this covid pandemic, I really missed interacting with people and living my normal high school life.
When I arrive at school, I head straight to my first lesson. Before the class starts, I organize my chrome tabs and group them according to my subject. Monday is a very hectic day for me because my lessons begin at 7:45 am and end at 2:45 pm. Today’s classes included theory of knowledge, mathematics, arabic, chemistry, english, physics and environmental systems and societies. During breaks, I get myself some snacks and spend time with my friends. By the end of the school day, I have a lot of assignments to complete.
When it comes to meals, I don’t have to worry too much because either my father or my sister cooks or we just order takeout. While eating lunch, I normally sit with my family. We eat together at a table and catch up on each other’s days.
Depending on how exhausted I am that day, I will nap and then wake up to prepare a cup of tea before returning back to the books. My study plan is as follows: I accomplish all of the assignments for a specific subject or a massive task, and then I give myself a 30 minute break to do whatever I want, notably make myself a cup of coffee. I normally study till midnight and do the majority of my work so that it does not pile up. On days when I need some motivation to finish my work, I sit with my sister or I call a friend and make it a quiet study session, which means I won’t waste my time on my phone.
After a long and hectic day, I prepare all of my belongings for the next day and ensure that I have packed everything that I need. Then I get ready for bed, and if I don’t feel sleepy, I’ll read a book until I fall asleep.
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A student at Naseem International School. Independent and determined. I am curious and love to explore and discover new things. My curiosity, helped me gain new knowledge, and is the main factor in building my personality. As an extrovert, I love communicating & meeting new people.