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Is it okay to have a TI-84 Plus CE calculator or should I buy the recommended calc. Also having a different calc, will it limit me in some activities I might do?

Although the recommended calculator is a TI89, I know of many people, including myself, who have succeeded with a TI84 or similar variant. The TI89 does some functions and has the ability to do certain things faster than a TI84, but using a different calculator shouldn’t really limit you in the activities that you do.
Amit Somalwar
1504 A Wing

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Will having a low GPA at IMSA affect scholarships and entering into top universities and ivy leagues?

IMSA does a very nice job at preparing you for life after high school. It is unmatched in its ability to create people who are designed to succeed in the real world. Many top universities and IVY leagues understand the rigor of IMSA and a profile is provided explaining IMSA’s academic rigor to colleges. However, in regards to IVY league schools, GPA definitely matters. Also, IMSA students tend to succeed really well in college because they thrive after the rigor of IMSA. But having a low gpa does affect potential scholarships and acceptance into universities and ivy leagues. Keep in mind that the important thing at IMSA is to learn as much as you can in the 3 years you have here and make as many friends as possible and not to get caught up too much with college and what lies ahead.
Amit Somalwar
1504 A Wing

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Are we able to unstack the bunks to make two separate twin beds?

Yes! The beds unstack, but one bed is taller than the other. Many people end up "L-ing" the beds, which essentially means arranging them so that feet end of the shorter bed is tucked under the head end of the taller bed, forming an L shape in the corner. This saves a lot of space, but you can surely still have them completely separated and still fit all the desks/wardrobes.
Chelsey Soli
1501

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Are there cuts for girls tennis/is it hard to make the team? I plan on playing at IMSA but I haven't played in years and know I will be crazy rusty, but I do know the terminology still and can do the fundamentals. I'm just not very good.

Don't worry! It's not that hard. I talked to my friend, who played for one year before IMSA. She said you should just practice a little over the summer, and you shouldn't have a problem making the team. Good luck!
Liana Koleva
1502A

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When do we find out about what classes we are taking/ask about electives? I read the course offerings online and was interested in some electives, but they weren't band or choir so I didn't know how to sign up.

You'll receive your schedule on PowerSchool sometime in August. There is an add-drop period for adding electives at the start of the year and at the end of the first semester (for second-semester classes). However, as a sophomore, your choices in classes will be fairly limited to the core sophomore classes on your schedule, and most add-drop activity is from upperclassmen. It is possible to add certain music/art electives relatively freely, and some sophomores do test out of their core science classes (or SIs) and get to take electives in those subjects. However, most sophomores won't add classes from other subjects, and you usually can't change your core classes.
Andy Liu, 1505

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What is sophomore navigation and the rest of the leadership development courses?

Sophomore Navigation is a first semester program for all sophomores, held on I-days, typically Wednesdays, from 9-10 am or 10-11 am. The sophomore class is divided into small groups of approximately 14 students with one or two adult facilitators. In their small groups, students process what they are experiencing in various aspects of their life at IMSA, academically, socially, and emotionally. Each session focuses on a topic that is relevant to the sophomore experience, such as management of time and college prep.
IMSA’s Leadership Education & Development program (LEAD) is a student facilitated course for sophomore students. This course is designed to take an intricate look at various definitions, theories, models, and conceptualizations of leadership through peer-to-peer facilitated class discussions, hands-on exercises, and group work. There are two types of modules: CORE and Elective. CORE is more of a general introduction to leadership, while elective modules are more focused on a specific topic that ties into leadership. After the first few CORE modules, you choose which elective course you take for the rest of sophomore year.
For a more in depth explanation of LEAD and its electives, you can look at the syllabi on the IMSA website: https://www.imsa.edu/studentlife/sld

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How many people sophomores get into BC calculus as opposed to MI4 after the completion of precalc?

Unfortunately, we don't have access to specific data that could give you an exact answer. However, the general answer to this question would be that it depends on the strength of your old school's precalculus course and the content that it covered. In order to pass MI4, students need to have an adequate understanding of vectors, polar graphs, trigonometry, sequences, and series. If you feel confident about your knowledge in all of those areas, then you probably will start in BC1. If there are some things that you don't feel confident about (e.g. trigonometric identities or graphing stuff in polar coordinates), then you could start in MI4. However, if you do feel that you were incorrectly placed into a math course, you have the option at the beginning of the year to take the final for the course that you want to test out of. If you do well enough on the final, then the math department will change your placement.
Vinay Tummarakota
1505 C Wing

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do the children who skip 9th grade have an okay social life?

I think it depends because it really varies from person to person. There aren't any specific downsides to skipping 9th grade apart from missing the first year of high school; students who skip a grade are not looked at as different than the students who don't. Everyone is thrown into the same environment when they come, and I think the social life that results from it really depends on the level of maturity and sociability of each person. For the most part, students who skip 9th grade fit in well with the rest of the students, so I don't think there is much to worry about. My personal advice is to just talk to people and be open to making new friends at the beginning of the year- everybody will be looking to make friends.
Scott Du
1505 C Wing

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Which ones of the girls basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball have cuts?

none of us play any of these so i asked people who do:
basketball - depends on ability, if there are ~10 people there is only a varsity team and if there are at least 20, there is a jv and varsity team. this season is going to be a rebuilding season because many top scorers were seniors, and there will be a new coach.
volleyball - usually take ~12 for jv and varsity, the rest get cut.
tennis - people do get cut, but typically only if they don't have a racket or don't know how to play.
softball - no cuts, since the team isn't very large. the coach tries to make sure everyone plays every game.
or join xc we don't cut anyone :)
liana koleva
1502a

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Around how much time does homework take? How much time does that allow for sports and extracurriculars (I'm trying to figure out how many i should sign up for. ) ?

Hello!
Homework depends largely on what courses you decide to take and it varies week to week. Some weeks you might have upwards of 15 hours of homework whereas other weeks are lighter on the homework load. Sophomores have mandatory study hours Monday through Thursday for 2 hours a day so most of your homework can be done easily depending on how productively you use your time during these study hours. A lot of IMSA students participate in sports and extracurriculars and are able to effectively manage their time. A lot of it boils down to time management and managing the different tasks you sign up for. I think a good number is 3 sports/extracurriculars your first year as you get acclimated to living at IMSA.
Amit Somalwar
1504 A Wing

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WHat kind of school supplies do you recommend bringing and how many?

Hi! So for school supplies, there is a list on the registration page for stuff that you can bring, but really it’s all up to you and how you organize, learn, and study. (Here’s the link: https://www.imsa.edu/sites/default/files/upload/suggested_supply_list.pdf) For me, I brought a 2-inch binder, a 3 subject notebook, a spiral notebook, and a folder for each class, and I ended up using one 3-subject notebook, a couple binders, and spiral notebooks for the entire year. Some kids just brought a 5-subject notebook and a trapper keeper. Usually though, the math classes especially the MIs (Mathematical Investigations) and the languages need a binder.
Brandon Young-Eleazar
1501 D wing

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How and when is laundry done at IMSA?

Hey! So in the beginning of the year you get a laundry card, and there are a couple charging stations across campus where you can put money on your card. Each hall has 4 washers and dryers, but you need to bring your own detergent and dryer sheets. The washer is $1.05 and the dryer is $0.80. You can do your laundry whenever as long as it isn’t after in-room (which is 11pm for sophomores).
Tanmayee Vegesna
1502 D Wing

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Thanks for being open to answering questions! I appreciate it. I can see all of the clubs that IMSA offers on the website, but are there any competitions other than the ones listed there as clubs?

there's a lot of competitions that IMSA does and since it's kind of hard to tell which competitions we do based on just club names, I'll just go ahead and list most of what we do:
Math:
AMCs, AIMEs, USA(J)MOs, etc.
HMMT February
HiMCM
Chicago ARML
NSML
ICTM
Mandelbrot
Language/Linguistics:
National Language (Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish) Exams
NACLO
Science/Engineering:
f=ma exam (usapho)
bio olympiad (USABO)
chem olympiad (USNCO)
science olympiad
science bowl
TEAMS
HOSA
USACO
ACSL
robotics competition (FIRST)
performance/fine arts:
mod21 (next yr doing singing competitions)
imea
solo/ensemble
speech/debate tournaments
other:
fbla
mock trial
quiz bowl
chess
model un
hopefully i didnt forget any..
and of course, if you don't see a competition here you can always try starting it up at IMSA by finding an advisor to proctor the competition, or chartering a club which does the competition as one of its activities!
Ray Shang
StudCo Junior-At-Large
1505 D Wing

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MOVE IN TMRW! Also, any tips for move in? What should we do fs in those two hours we have? Also, any do's and don'ts for tmrw? Thanks SSC! You guys did a great job!

This is kinda late, but:
- get there early
- be patient with parents/RC
- be friendly and meet your new classmates/hallmates
- don't stress out too much if you forgot something (you can probably borrow it from someone or get it later)
- you don't need to unpack everything and have your room perfect right now
- while your parents are there get your furniture moved around
- eat off campus while you can
:)
ssc

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How much cash should I bring?

this depends a lot on how often you go home, if you have a debit card, and if you need to buy train tickets to go home, and other stuff. some people literally spend $0, while others order food every weekend, go on trips a lot, buy from every 10 check cart, and online shop a lot. it's also always good to have some extra money just in case you need something from walgreens. if you aren't going home every weekend, you will probably occasionally do something for entertainment on weekends like go to the movies or even target. think about when you will get money next and how much money you will use in that period, and bring a little bit extra. it's better to have it when you don't need it than not have it when you need it.
liana

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Ok so I heard we have a half day of school after convocation but on the weekend schedule it shows that we don't have school but some other classes

the original schedule showed that we have classes after convocation (which is what traditionally has occurred in past years), but due to the solar eclipse, our schedule has shifted to accommodate that, and some extra meetings. we will instead have A and B condensed on tuesday. the most recent schedule is what we should probably rely on, but idk 100%.
liana

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