BSGE Alumni Come To Visit Reply

A handful of BSGE alumni came back to BSGE on January 7th, 2011, to interact with current students and speak to advisories to tell them about their experiences in college and to stay connected with the BSGE community.  BSGE, still a young school, has only had five graduating classes so the majority of the former students are still in college.  In order to learn from their experiences in college and their reflections on high school, teacher, Niki Singh and college counselor, Peter Wilson arranged for many former students to come back and play an important role for our current students.
Many of the current students asked the alumni about the schools that they go to and if they enjoy it or not.  Some students asked questions about the surroundings of the college so that they  would not be More…

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Sarina Strohl’s Graduation Speech Reply

As I focus my attention on the crowd that sits before me, I am making an imprint of every subtle detail, promising myself never to forget this day. The blue tassels on each of the graduates right side is a simple symbol of coming of age. The obvious excited anticipation of each of our parents is reflected  through their fidgety movements and inconsistent blinks. I must question, as each senior in the crowd is also questioning, how did we get here? Although our presence in this quaint theater is most easily explained by the many nights where sleep was relinquished in the name of a relentlessly cruel  monster otherwise known as IB, I’d like to believe our high school experience has been a much more than More…

Evan Badler’s Graduation Speech Reply

Hello Principal Johnson, staff, students and parents; I’m very glad to see everyone here today.  Thank you all for coming.  I’d also like to thank our graduating class for giving me this opportunity, and I hope I fulfill your every expectation.
In order to really capture the essence of our time at BSGE, I’m going to tell two relatively brief stories; ones that I hope will truly express how I feel about my fellow graduates of 2010.
In our 10th grade year, just about three years ago, the majority of us had finally finished our personal projects, presentations and all.  Walking out of the dance room where I had discussed my project, a few of my friends and I were totally relieved.  “I’m so glad it’s over” came out of a dozen mouths, and, I must say, we felt like we More…

Word From the Real World: Adam Popper Reply

Hello and greetings from Boston College. It’s starting to get chilly up here in Massachusetts, so I find myself invigorated into talking about my experiences at college. For all those seniors dreading the end of the college application process and all those juniors who are dreading the beginning, let me assure you all of something very important: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just two months ago I was terrified of coming here and to be faced with having to have to meet new people and adapt to an entirely new way of life. But don’t deduce that college is in any way overwhelming, because for those of you are preparing yourselves now, the transition will be a piece of cake.
But I feel I need to say that for me college got off to a rather bumpy start. I arrived here More…

In Case You Missed It: BSGE Almuni Shamar Walters’ Graduation Speech Reply

I give honor to our principal Ms. Kelly Johnson, the vice-principal Ms. Ines Loveras, our graduation coordinators Mr. Virge Ramos and Mrs. Vanessa Rabines, to every single member of the Baccalaureate staff from the teachers to the wonderful people working in the office too.  Just any and everyone because all of you have been vital to these past six years. I give honor to my parents and family and to all the families and friends that are in attendance here today. And most of all I honor you the graduating class of 2009!
I can still remember my first day at BSGE, in seventh grade. I hadtransferred in from my old school and I was two months late. I walked into Ms. Kumar’s English class and I sat down at my seat and all I could think about was the fact that I didn’t know anyone in my class and no one was going to talk to me. In the midst of that a girl sat down at her seat looked at me and said “hey, you’re new. What’s your name?”  And as she began to talk to me more and more students started to come over and ask questions and soon that one turned to three and that three turned to seven and so on and so on. As that first day continued and the rest of the year ensued… I realized there was something very different about this school. There was a sense of community. And now six years later looking back on that, I realize More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

Sitting at the tiny wood table, cups
of coffee littered the room. Towards
my right, five people slaved away
over their computers. With the hopefully
notion that my Spring Break
would be relaxing, I needed to finish
my political science paper on Mark
Andrejevic’s book about the manipulative
and harmful nature of modern
technology. Political science always
left me wanting for more, more
knowledge, more moments where I More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

So its one week until I have officially
completed my freshman year.
I know most kids on the verge of
leaving home for college can barely
contain their excitement. I was
absolutely not one of those kids. For
the most part I loved high school and
was not particularly eager to leave
and close that chapter of my life. It More…

Shamar Walters Reflects On His Time at BSGE Reply

Many new students
at BSGE believe that there
is too much work given.
But some of the older kids
think there is a good side of
the heavy workload. One
senior, Shamar Walters, believes
that to younger kids,
it may seem as if the assignments
are overwhelming,
but once you reach the end
of high school, you start to More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

Grey seats and black chalkboards covered the rooms. As students made the room look whole, a fluffy haired dog named Tilly ran into the room. Sitting in Introduction to Sociology, Professor Dunbar Moodie’s South African accent captured the attention of indolent students. We quickly learned of Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo’s experiments on people’s blind obedience of authority in correlation to greater societal teachings. As class ended I began to feel an intense pain in my stomach. I rushed to congregate with my friends for lunch. Sharp jabs of jovial humor filled our conversation. Listening to my friend, I could not help but laugh at her theory of how to make fun of someone, “It’s a five step program, step one is recognizing and step two, three, four and five are cuttin’ a*#.” Later that day I was forced to think about a moral conundrum. If five spelunkers More…

Word from the Real World: Marissa Reichel Reply

Hey everyone!  I’ve been back at school from my absurdly long winter break for just about a week and it has been HECTIC! It was amazing to see all of my friends again but my new classes, which have all been great so far, started right away. The fun thing about not being a first-semester-freshman is that you can actually pick classes based on times, professors and which classes your friends are in.  The professor for my Communications And The Media course is a former stand-up comedian!  She’s hysterical and got me really excited about spending the rest of the semester in her class.  It’s also important to More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

Hey everybody! Happy end of the first semester.  I’m officially done with everything with the exception of one final.  It’s been a pretty stressful week with papers and tests and evaluations all due on the same couple of days but nothing I didn’t deal with in BSGE.  My final for English was a 7-page research paper that was daunting to most people in my class—but it has nothing on the Extended Essay.  It’s definitely been a hectic week with a speech to give and a paper due on Monday, a Spanish essay due Tuesday and two finals on Wednesday!  A good thing about living with people in your classes is it leaves a great opportunity to study in groups.  I also utilized office hours this week.  That’s when a professor holds time for students to come to his or More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

The smell of moist concrete and frigid air struck my face. The dread of cramming for midterms loomed over my head. Passing through the Warren Hunting Smith Library’s electronic detectors, I quickly took of my ipod headphones. Since the beginning of the semester the third floor was home for all my studying habits. My only hope for efficient memorization of all my notes was to corner myself off from the world. Dropping my books on an empty table in the back of the library, examination of three months of notes began. Studying for Intro to American Politics, I transitioned from the early twentieth century political party reforms to the cyclical nature of Republican economic policies. Abruptly I noticed More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

Hey everyone.  Let me start off by saying that academically everything is going really well.  I was shocked and beyond pleased at the A+ I got on an English paper, a 47/50 I got on a Public Speaking project, a 93% on a Spanish assessment and an A on my Communication Theory exam.  I can officially say that I have experienced mid-term week in college and IB is waaaayyyy harder.  I’m not sure if that will make all you IB sufferers relieved or angry but that’s what I have observed.
Anyway, this news may or may not have circulated by the time this paper comes out but a tragedy occurred at the University of Delaware in the early morning on Saturday the 8th of November.  A boy rushing a More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

Weary eyes slowly creak open. Gazing at the clock, I quickly realize that I must wake up. The extensive ninety page reading that I encountered the previous night left me with undesired exhaustion. Haphazardly, I rise out of bed, get dressed and shuffle my books into my bag. Planning what to say in the class discussions, I briskly walked to class. Snatching a chair in the front of the room, I took out my laptop and books. Forty-five minutes into class, I abruptly became aware that I was one of three students contributing to the discussion. Looking back at the past four years, I understood the fact that I developed a skill that very few other students had. An International Baccalaureate education had given me the ability to master discussions and interpret readings in a complex and abstract manner. The spiel that was constantly reverberated at me, from More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

Hey everybody!  I’m just about a month into college and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!  I’m liking all my classes and almost all my teachers.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my busy days and start at 9:05, which people complain about in college but it’s nothing compared to 7:50.
I first have Public Speaking with Dr.V.  in a class of about 15.  This class is based on four speeches that we make throughout the semester.  I gave my first speech about a week ago and am pleased to report I got a 26/30!
My second class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays is a huge 50 minute class called Principles of Communication Theory where I am one of about 350 students.  Coming from BSGE where an More…

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel Reply

Hi BSGE!!! This is Marisa, I graduated from BSGE in June and now I’m going to the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.  I’ll be keeping you guys updated in each issue of the BaccRag, letting you know what college is like and how I’m adjusting.  So far it’s been a pretty exciting few days since I moved in on Sunday the 31st.  Following a pretty hard weekend of saying goodbye and watching all my high school friends leave, it was nice to finally meet new people and get started on the next chapter of my life.  I’m living in brand new dorms, which I hear are light-years better than the old dorms (the same dorms my roommate’s parents lived in when they went to UD 30 years ago!)  I have one roommate who lives More…

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana Reply

Pulling up to the parking lot, I began to feel a rumbling in my stomach. Feelings of anxiety began to course through my veins and I did not know what to do. What could I do? Walking on to the main quad I saw many of my fellow freshman. Some not so nervous as I, some ready to give up and go home.  College was finally here. I had patiently waited four exhausting years and two gut wrenching months and the day had finally come.  As I received my orientation packet and signed all my forms I could not be any more hesitant to move in. Slowly but surely, my emotions subsided and I gained my composure. However, a single thought plagued me. How was I going to meet anyone? Could I find my niche in this college environment?
Quickly we were divided into dozens of groups. Entering my group I More…