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IB Diploma or Beloved Extracurriculars?

Question: I am a junior currently shooting for the full IB diploma. Our school recently switched from a block schedule with 8 classes to a regular schedule that only allows 7. I am involved in both band (I play the flute, and won best at site and superior ratings at State Solo/Ensemble Festival two consecutive years and have been accepted to the top All-State band) and choir (involved in Chambers Singers, heavily interested in barbershop and am currently starting and directing a barbershop quartet). However, there are only 7 class slots on my schedule, and the IB diploma takes up six. Is it better to sacrifice some extra-curricular involvement that I really care about or to forsake the IB diploma in favor of certificates? What would elite admission committees value most?

It sounds like you have many accomplishments under your belt and a tough choice to make ahead. It’s hard to give good, and even responsible advice without knowing a lot more about you, your school, your goals, etc. However, with this disclaimer firmly in place, this is what we’d recommend:

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