Notable Alumni of the IB Program

By Caroline Cho

Due to its challenging courses and intense workload, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program gave birth to many powerful icons in the political world.

The IB program provides an emphasis on the cultural differences in the world and strives to connect all students. This provides a thriving environment for potential leaders in the political world to surface, as communication and cooperation is essential for a well operating society.

One such example of an IB alumni who is now a prominent figure in politics is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the Liberal Party of Canada, Trudeau attended the IB program at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, Canada. After completing the program, he focused his studies on literature and education, became a high school teacher, and then eventually made his way into politics.

Not only does Trudeau set an example as a successful IB alumni, but his path is also an epitome of the idea that there are many different career options available for those in IB, since it influences students to be open-minded in complicated and demanding situations.

Another interesting politician from the IB program was Kim Jong Chul, the son of deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Kim’s younger brother is Kim Jong-Un, the current dictator. Although not much is known about his education and life abroad, it is fascinating to believe that a prestigious family member of a powerful dictator was in the IB program.

“I feel like he shouldn’t have been accepted into the program if he was known to skip classes and was not studious. IB is about community service and time management, but I don’t think he had those qualities,” junior Miranda Bumrung said.

Although he is not quite a politician, Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook, is a clear example of how students in the IB program are capable of working under intense demand and communication complications.

Once again, IB is a program that allows students to thrive in a positive learning environment. It focuses on community service, communication, and teamwork. IB wants students to learn their material rather than focusing on grades, which prompts students to collaborate and work together to further their knowledge.

Today, many influential icons stem out of this competitive, yet collaborative medium. These prominent leaders serve to inspire the adolescents and children of newer generations so that they could become potential leaders in the political world.

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