I received my International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma after having successfully completed the rigorous and globally-versed IB program in high school. The IB program allows students to take classes with college-level material and has a heavy focus on writing and critical thinking. I was able to learn different subjects through an international perspective. For example, in my senior year of high school, I took a course called IB Topics and studied topics of history from Mexico, India, South Africa, Germany, the Soviet Union, and the United States. The IB program also requires the Extended Essay, a 4000-word paper on a student’s topic of choice. I decided to write about the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Writing this paper gave me prior experience for college as I had already been able to dive into writing an in-depth and lengthy essay.