CHIREC’s IB program played a pivotal role in shaping my academic foundation and resilience, which significantly benefited my journey as an undergraduate at Duke University. The rigorous curriculum and emphasis on critical thinking at CHIREC instilled in me a strong work ethic and analytical mindset, and the IBDP further honed my research and writing skills, preparing me for the demands of university-level coursework. These experiences not only fostered a love for learning but also equipped me with the ability to navigate complex challenges at Duke. The interdisciplinary approach and global perspective promoted by CHIREC proved invaluable as I entered college, allowing me to thrive academically and contribute meaningfully to the diverse and dynamic environment at Duke. I’m grateful for the wonderful teachers, guidance counselors, and classmates I had at CHIREC!