I exhibited numerous 1B learner profiles in the personal project, put open-minded is worth mentioning. Before the personal project, I didn't accept other vie oints without rgument and convincing. However, during the course of the project, I discovered understood and ap eciated the practices of different cultures — Hindus believe fire is sacred an has a purifying effect us they perform pooja in its presence whereas in Europe drinking alcoholic beverages around cam re is the tradition. My global context was personal and cultural expression — appreciation of the aesthetics. Hence, I focused on the visual appeal of my product throughout Ke project only to realize in the end that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' — a lit cigarette might be a public nuisance and cancer-causing agent to a doctor, but to the smoker it may be a form of the holy fire dance. The personal project, unlike any other subject I have studied before, exclusively tests your skills which can be applied to any subject and career. esearch skills create the foundation of your project, communication and thinking skills allow you to build the product, social skills enable you to ask for and receive feedback from the community and self-management skills direct your work to completion. This skill set developed in MYP Year 5 will undoubtedly be useful to embrace the rigour of the Diploma Programme and ter on in our professional and personal lives. For me, the MYP Personal Project was an experience rich in skills, undiscovered traits and lessons for life, filled withmfun and riddled with unforeseen obstacles that led to a beautiful product and a proud creator.
– sujay Jain MYP 5A
The MYP Personal Project is a unique opportunity to pursue a personal interest within the supportive framework of 1B. Personal Projects have absolutely no boundaries — mapping a family tree is as important as developing an index to measure the living conditions of refugees. You carefully select, sow, water and nurture a seed. You witness it develop into a formidable plant that you can be proud of. The journey of MYP culminates in the Personal Project Exhibition which a mosaic of high definition films to old school novels and everything in between. But the M Personal Project not only exhibits the products built by year 5, but also the plethora of skills and learner profiles developed by them. I was electrified about the MYP Personal Project since the beginning because I yearned for an opportunity to create my own photography website based on the idea of Panchbhutas — the five elements described in the Vedas. I not only wanted to show air, water, land, fire and space, the building blocks of the world, in a modern context but also their manifestations in various expression and emotions. While the idea seemed challenging, I didn't expect to stumble on every other task. However, I soon realized that I had not anticipated the difficulty of the task ahead of me. Thus, I spent a ot of time researching photo editing, settings for different light conditions and subject, and re-shooting photos to achieve a near perfect result. For instance, I decided to photograph a burning rose which became the toughest test of my patience. Metaphorically, each step pricked my hands with thorns. Rose does not catch fire easily, thus I had to use ethanol to ignite the fire. Moreover, the rose would gently sway, but enough to blur the photograph. I was even more rustrated because the aperture and shutter speed were not suitable for the light conditions. Eventually, fter carefully studying photographs of national geographic, I was able to shoot a worthy picture. The series of photos below illustrate my exasperation and my success.
I started studying in Choithram International when I was in 1st grade, and I cannot remember the last time that I did not feel proud of the fact that I was studying in an 1B school. Now that this journey is about to come to an end, I have the realization of the various areas I grew and excelled in. It was a revelation, my entire thought process has changed and I have reached great heights and development as an individual by now. 1B has taught me the real life application of theoretical knowledge, and I no longer question that how is bookish knowledge ever useful for us. Not only did I nurture my skills, but developed various abilities I wasn't even aware of. At each point of time, I question things and do not settle until I find answers to it, thanks to TOK, I unravelled various aspects of life. Thanks to EE, I was able to finish writing a 4000 word essay on one of the biggest multinational companies in the world with researching, analyzing and solving such huge problems that the firm is likely to encounter. There are so many skills that will help me forever in life, such as time-management, social service, collaborative skills which will help me at every point in my future, be it a decade from now or the later part of my life. I have broadened my vision to keep high aims, accept people the way they are and now know the difference between right and wrong only because of 12 years of education in this presti ious institution called Choithram International. Thanks to my alma mater, I am what I am today. And wherever I go I shall ever remain indebted to you Choithram International. Merci Beaucoup !!
– Prachi Jain DP2
"We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are." Rightly said by a celebrated essayist, Anais Nin, the world around us is only a reflection of who we are. Our personality, our mind and our soul reflect the world that we live in; for a clean and beautiful world, we need to learn the ways of life and develop a beautiful mind and personality, and that is exactly what 1B offered me. Two years of education, two years of experience, IBDP was not about earning a Diploma, it was about learning, growing and developing. An integrated education of textbook knowledge, real world problems, and inner development, 1B encompasses knowledge necessary for all aspects of life. With six subjects, which instill particular and thorough knowledge of theories and experiments and issues related to them, they help us in the higher education which we intend to pursue. But only subject knowledge is not enough and the 1B curriculum caters to all the essential experience required to develop the mind, body and soul of a student. With three CORE elements: TOK, CAS and EE, 1B taught me the true way of living, the importance of asking questions and the power of passion. The world is constantly changing and current world is cultivating on two pillars: passion and compassion. The power of passion concedes us to achieve even the impossible and I learnt that adhering to my passion I too can achieve any goal with enough passion. 1B encourages each student to enrich their passions and gives a platform to seek the vast opportunities the world has to offer. TOK and EE are two elements which augment one's passion and understanding of the world. Theory of Knowledge is a field where there is no limit to one's imagination, students are encouraged to ask questions and try and find their answers. TOK stimulates the critical and logical thinking of a student. TOK has taught me that thinking outside the box is also limited, I have learnt that true imagination and creativity is unleashed when we think: there is no box. 1B has shown me that the human mind is capable of greatness which cannot be defined by a box; the existence of a box and thinking outside or inside it is only a limitation to the powers a mind possesses. Within the two years of education in the 1B, I have learnt to nurture my mind, train my body and enrich my soul. CAS, another CORE element of 1B has one of the most important aspects of my education. It is the component which has taught me compassion and kindness. 'Service before self has become something which bring me joy and calms my soul in state of distress. I have learnt that helping and serving others is not done only for the benefit of society but also for my benefit. Service has allowed me to see happiness on faces which have bearded too much pain, it has allowed me to see the beauty of spreading happiness. CAS has permitted my imagination to run wild, see the beauty in simplicity and acknowledge the importance of physical and spiritual fitness. 1B is a form of education which has provided me with the base for my further education, opportunities to mature my personality and the sight for a better world.
– Nidhi Polekar DP 2
”IB Diploma Programme is a very well-structured, academically challenging and a thought-provoking two years course. I had the chance of being a part of this wonderful course four years back and I can confidently say that it has had a profound impact on my life ahead of high school. The course has been regarded as one of the best among all the higher secondary courses all over the world and its academic breadth and depth are universally appreciated. Personally speaking, I had found the three core requirements of IB really special that include ‘Theory of Knowledge’, ‘Extended Essay’ and ‘Creativity, Action and Service’. Whilst TOK made me a better inquirer and an appreciator of different academic disciplines, writing the extended essay improved my research skills and gave me a flavour of how serious academic research is conducted at universities. The benefits of CAS had been wide ranging and have made me a better and a complete human being. My IB journey at Choithram International School has been very special and a memorable one. I learnt from excellent teachers and interacted with friends from different parts of the world including the UK, the US, Brazil, Kenya etc. I wholeheartedly recommend any aspiring candidate to pursue this amazing programme. The skills developed during the two years will help throughout his/her life.”
– Amit Singhi (Alumni, IB DP class of 2012)