IB: The Next Dot

What am I going to do with my life? What is my occupation going to be? What degree am I going to pursue? Where and what am I going to study? So many questions, so few answers.

After high school, these are probably the hottest questions a student faces. It fills up conversations you have with family, friends and everybody else from your grandparents and relatives to the random stranger you meet on the street. Okay, maybe not the random stranger but you get the point. Everybody wants to know what you are going to study and where you are going to study. Some even want to know what degrees you are going to pursue later on.

Everybody at family reunions and celebrations such as Chinese New Year asks the same question in one form or another: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? Here are the other forms that the question takes:

  1. What you going to study ah, boy?
  2. Where you going after this? (home? Never give this reply to your elders ahaha 🙂 )
  3. Which degree do you plan to take?
  4. Do you know where you want to study?
  5. You doing A-Levels ah?

And for much of the time, I answered, “I don’t know yet.” They then usually move on to something or someone more interesting.

But, now I’m at least able to answer some of the questions. I’m going to do the IB. Not International Business mind you but the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

(more details about the IB here)

I’m still undecided as to what I’m going to do with my life in real-world terms. For example, I do not know what degree I’m going to pursue after this. But, I believe the IB will develop me and nurture my growth into a holistic and capable individual capable of excelling in almost any aspect be it Maths, Science or Humanities. It will also help me to become the inquisitive and critical thinker I see myself becoming. The IB will also challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and pursue new things and passions I may not yet realize I have.

Moving on, I’ve personally emailed one of my favorite writers, Darius Foroux, for advice on finding out what degree to pursue and how to find my calling.

He did not disappoint. He sent me this:
with a link to this video:
In the video, Steve Jobs said one of his most profound quotes ever:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future—Steve Jobs

I believe that this is a pragmatic approach to finding out what I’m going to do with my life. By first taking the steps I feel are best for me (plotting the dots) and then seeing where it takes me (connecting the dots looking backwards).

Clarity comes with action—Jeff Goins

I have decided that the IB is the best education path for me as I continue on in my journey through life. It will not be an easy path (definitely harder than A-Levels) but I believe that it is the right one for me.

In the end, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be able to take the path I’m taking (without the full scholarship I received, I will not be able to afford the very VERY HIGH cost of the IB).

Most shy away from the IB either due to the cost or the difficulty or sometimes, the lack of awareness. But, with scholarships a plenty and with the Internet providing vast amounts of information in this age, I hope that more students will start considering the IB. And no more people asking me whether it stands for International Business! 😛

THANK YOU for reading.


The One Habit You Must Cultivate If You Don’t Want to Waste Your Life by Jeff Goins


  1. Before: To IB or not to IB by Evon Goh
  2. Everything You Need To Know About International Baccalaureate (IB) by EduAdvisor
  3. Why I Decided To Quit My Corporate Job 365 Days Ago by Darius Foroux
  4. Stop Trying To Be Realistic by Dariux Foroux
  5. Stop Trying To Figure Out Life by Darius Foroux

11 thoughts on “IB: The Next Dot

  1. priscillaaayeo says:

    Nice blog dude 🙂 and YAS another Malaccan who knows what the IB is! Reading your blog and knowing what you want to achieve while doing the IB, I reckon you should do it! It’s challenging, but I think it will be worth it in the end, and it prepares you well for university. All the best! (:

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