The rigor of the I.B. Program has allowed me to achieve great success in college. The time management and organizational skills obtained have helped me to comfortably balance a strong course load with leadership positions in several extracurricular activities, including an internship with a U.S. congressman. Additionally, the program cultivated my writing and speaking skills which have given me an advantage inside and outside the classroom. The college credit from the I.B. Program has also provided me the flexibility to experience new subjects, the ability to engage in multiple academic programs, and the opportunity to begin graduate courses earlier. Going into my third year studying political science and Spanish at the University of Florida, I am very thankful for Cardinal Newman’s I.B. Program. I have gained skills that have not only led to more success and enjoyment in college, but will also positively shape the rest of my life.