(Original post by fourfootten)
Actually I have decided that I do not need sugan hi's to keep myself awake during class. I have a natural high that kicks in whenever I get less than four hours of sleep... which, sadly, happens very often.
Strangely enough though, the nights where I sleep 6+ hours are followed by extremely sleepy days... who knew I'd need a sugan hi not when I don't get enough sleep but when I get 6+ hours?
Err ... six hours? Only six hours? Wow. I could never make it on so little sleep. I need my 8-9 hours! And I'm not surprised you're sleepy after six hours' sleep: I'm far more surprised that you're not when you only get four ...
Oh, and now that I'm replying, I could answer the original question myself, too. I'm in IB because it's a lovely programme. And it's recognised by UK universities: I wanted to try out my luck at Oxford, and they're far more familiar with the IB than our national Matura. I was somewhat reluctant about joining since the programme seems so much narrower at first glance than the national programme, where everyone does certain subjects even if he or she isn't taking them for the final external exams. I really would have liked to take a further year of history (which is just terrible in the IB: only the most boring part of history is covered, namely the 19th and 20th centuries ... positively awful!), physics and biology; luckily, having chosen philosophy for group 3 I didn't miss out on any of the obligatory subjects. And taking seven subjects helps, too.
Still the IB programme is far better in the sense that it fosters individual thinking and independence, though sometimes I must wonder if being effectively forced into doing so isn't rather contrary to IBO's goals.
Also, there were no grades in these last two years, which was lovely - far less stress, especially in the first year. Tests yes, but only as feedback for us.
Overall I really like the IB and I'd certainly apply to do it again if I had to make that decision again. Even if it is somewhat demanding at times.
Though I am glad that it's just a fortnight until it's all over ...