In the diploma program, you will begin your extended essay! The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. It’s going to be a very long, but rewarding process. It will be noted on your resume as independent research. Again, think of the extended essay (EE) from a point of passion. What are you intellectually curious about? In TOK, you will explore this further. With respect to your college applications, think about how this research will support your applications for college. If you plan to study something in the medical field, maybe your EE should be rooted in the sciences.