As IB students, we are required to manifest the IB learner attributes and implement them in our own lives as well as into society. This profile has really awakened the humanitarian global citizen in me and has made me aspire to adopt these qualities within me. I admire the aim of becoming a person of international mindedness who strives to make the world a better and happier place.

The attribute that I was able to associate myself with the most was being Principled. I believe this especially consists of everything that not only an IB student but a capable individual of the new era must perceive. It means to be honest and rational in terms of decision making. It is to exude confidence and act with integrity. It even includes taking responsibility for our actions and respecting the dignity of each life. I feel that it contains the attribute of being empathetic and balanced in terms of socializing and harmonizing the physical, mental, emotional, and academic aspects of life. I would also like to point out how moral and ethical this quality is and I believe that I am able to practice this in my own life as a daughter, student, friend, and a capable individual in general.  Nonetheless, I aspire to enforce all the ten IB attributes within me and become an independent and responsible human being and lead this world to a better tomorrow.

Since I am inclined towards music, it is mostly expected of me to be talking about a musician in high praise and involve them in every situation possible. However, I’m not going to do that. Instead, I would like to introduce my mentor in faith, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. He is a peace activist and currently the president of the Soka Gakkai International, which in Japanese translates to Value-Creating Society. In one of our classes, I had mentioned that I am not a religious person, rather I like to call myself a very spiritual person since I have faith in the power of the universe and the law of cause and effect, or in simpler terms, KARMA. I believe that there is definitely a supreme power or force of nature in this mortal world, some people term this power as a god, while other people like to think otherwise. Nevertheless, let us move on to the point of context.

My mentor in faith, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda definitely possesses all these qualities in himself. And I say this with complete and genuine confidence that he is one of the greatest, most practical, and totally rational man this world has ever seen. His heart is filled with compassion and love for others, and even though he had been homeschooled, he is one of the most intellectual and wise people, and that is all because of his indomitable spirit and his will to work hard to achieve excellence. He now works for the peace and happiness of people across the globe and I personally connect with him through his writings and music. He is not only someone whom I idolize but someone with an exalted character whom I hope to become someday.

I could go on and on about his personality, however, I would like to leave to discuss this in yet another forum. With this aspirational piece, I would like to conclude my reflection.

By: Blossom Kumar Amit, DP year 1 student