• Ken Baeza

Paradigm Shifts at UWCEA

In case you didn't read the previous entry, I'll start by sharing that I finally finished my two years at UWC East Africa, Tanzania, and now I am trying to enjoy the couple months of freedom that I have before going to college later this year. I must confess life without IB feels sort of empty - that feeling I used to have of fear mixed with excitement because I still had work to complete is now gone, and to a certain extent, I miss it. Life without IB gives me a lot of free time - and while I would love to spend the entire day playing videogames or going out with my friends, I often find myself laying on the couch, just daydreaming... remembering the two years I spent in Tanzania.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the concept of paradigm shifts. A paradigm shift is, according to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, "an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way". After all these reflective sessions on my cozy couch, I've realized that I experienced several of these paradigm shifts during my time at UWCEA. During the next couple of days, I want to share with you some of the most significant ones that I went through... but let's be honest - the term sounds way too fancy for me to be repeating it over and over, so I have decided that I'll be calling them "eye-opening experiences" instead.

Keep an eye out for the next entries, I hope you enjoy reading them!