D-Day – 15th of August, 2012

Today is D-Day. Today, 55,000 students across Ireland went to various schools, and were handed their Leaving Certificate results.

There were tears of joy, tears of absolute euphoria, and tears of sadness. There were laughs of contempt, horror and delight. After weeks of waiting, students finally know how they did, and most likely know whether or not they got a place in the course they wanted.

How do you feel about your results? Happiness? Sadness? Maybe a slight tinge of anger that the A2 you got wasn’t an A1?

Just remember, that even if you didn’t get whatever results you hoped for, you tried your best. These results aren’t a reflection on you as a person. In fact, they’re not nearly as important as we believe right now.

I was quite pleased with my results, getting 420 points overall. I got my A1 in English, but was met with some disappointment when I got an A2 in History. But you know what? I’m happy. I got enough points to do English and History in UCD, and my dreams have more or less been achieved.

So for now I leave you with this: Have fun. Let loose. Go mad. Just enjoy yourself, and learn to be happy with whatever you have achieved today.

Good day, students!

A Day to go… Good Luck!

And so, here we are. Today, on Tuesday the 14th of August, it is officially one day until students across the country open that envelope containing the ticket to their destiny.

Well, OK, maybe it’s not quite that dramatic. But it’s still exciting. Well, maybe not exciting, but it certainly is terrifying. After weeks of blissful ignorance and exam fuelled nightmares, we will be plunged into the results. This time tomorrow, there will be no more wondering about results. It will be over.

I know how you’re feeling. You’re probably doing exactly what I’m doing. Since I got up this morning, I have felt sick. I keep looking at the clock, and every hour that goes by, I thank an imaginary higher power that I am one hour closer to those results.

If I could give you any advice, fellow students, it would be this: Relax. Just relax. It’s not all that bad. At the end of the day, these are just results, nothing more. They don’t determine our destiny, as we have been taught to believe. There is always an option, always a way to achieve what we want to achieve. We are the youth of Ireland. We’re made of tougher stuff than they think, aren’t we?

Watch this space tomorrow for some interesting and thought provoking blogs. And make sure to tell me how you get on, whether or not you’re happy with your results and where you think you’re going to college.

And students… Best of luck!

1 Week to go…

I feel sick. Well, sickness would be an understatement for quite how I’m feeling right now. You know that feeling – it’s a feeling almost exclusive to exam results. It comes when you remember that it’s drawing near, and you get this feeling in your stomach that feels like burning. And then the occasional lightheadedness and tears… But there’s not much we can do at this point. The Leaving Cert results are rapidly cantering towards us. And we’re as well just to be prepared.

On the other hand, while it may be terrifyingly close, we should also bear in mind that this will be a relief. For what feels like the first time in ages, we can realise that the Leaving Cert is totally and utterly behind us. I know we have the exams finished, but to me it still feels like it’s hanging over my head, like an ominous bucket of paint. It’s always going to be looming until the results are over and done with.

And so for that reason, I’m looking forward to Wednesday the 15th of August. Because once I have that slip of paper in my hands, I can sigh. I can say either I’m proud of myself or This has gone horribly wrong. At least then I’ll know how I did.

I know exactly how many of you are feeling right now. So for this last week, all the advice I can offer you is this: Relax. Take a deep breath. Listen to some relaxing music, go on a walk, and remember there’s nothing that can be changed about it now.

I suppose I’m lucky that I’m going on holidays to Waterford tomorrow morning, and hopefully it’ll allow me to take my mind off it.

So to you all, hang in there, it’ll be over before you know it!

Three Weeks To Go…

Hi students – first I’d like to apologize for my long absence. I felt that through the summer months there was little, if no point in blogging about the Leaving Cert. If you are anything like me, then you wanted to forget those two repulsive words until the 15th of August.

So I just thought I’d pop in and spoil your whole summer by reminding you that it’s three weeks today until the Leaving Cert results are out. Yep – there it is. I’ve shit all over your summer, and for that I’m sorry. But hey, at least now you know, so you can start to have anxiety dreams about it.

So how has everyone’s summer holidays been going? Personally I’m bored out of my mind, and desperately want to have my mind occupied with something again. Not that I’m wishing I was doing the LC again, just that… maybe I could have something to do with my days other than read women’s magazines and facebook statuses.

Anyway, you kids make sure not to stress too much about this “exam” lark. You don’t have to think about the results until they arrive, if you want. I would love not to think about them, but I can’t not think about it. If you’re like me, then spend the next three weeks rocking back and forth in a dark room in a corner crying and eating chocolate. Good day. 🙂

Exam Blips

Now that the Leaving Cert is over, I’m sure we can all look back on the massive, thundering blunders we made and smile. Well, maybe you can’t just yet, but soon I’m sure…

It’s incredible really how when people are under pressure, their humorous side seems to come right on out. Some of these I found particularly funny. Amongst these exam blunders, many have now become famous. My particular favourite is the student who circled x in response to being asked to find x.

So (providing it’s not too raw) I’d like to hear some of your personal exam blunders. Did you do them by accident, and only realise after leaving the exam hall, or did you have a semi-mental breakdown during the exam, laugh to yourself and say “Ah, what the heck. Taking the piss sounds like fun”.

My own experience of an exam blunder was in Junior Cert actually. I had always hated science, and had little interest in the area. After a night of cramming, I sat the Higher Level paper. I was asked to show how some substance could be made through a diagram – and not having a clue at all what it was, I laughed silently to myself as I drew a person holding up a can with the substance written on it. I still got a C. God knows how…

So give me your own stories in the comments. After all, we need a laugh in this nasty in-between period.

Anxiety Dreams – Am I Alone?

I don’t think I can be the only poor unfortunate soul in the country who has spent the time since the exams ended thinking non-stop about the exams. Unfortunately, this seems to last into the night, and a lot of tossing and turning has plagued my sleeping hours – occasionally my mind drops a nice bombshell like “Oh my God… I failed French…” or “I did such a terrible Leaving Cert!” My mind has basically been tormenting me ever since.

So this leads me to believe that I can’t be alone. It’s a stressful time for all students taking state exams in the country. So what have you dreamed about? Give me an idea in the comments. Maybe we can all laugh about it, and diffuse the tension! Or maybe we can all cry about it and spend the day discussing our failures and insecurities. Either way, I’m sure it will be simply delightful.

So I’ll start the ball rolling. My funniest dream was that I forgot to sit Maths Paper 2. I went into my school to see if anything could be done about it, and I was told that if I wanted I could sit the 2013 Maths exam, as long as I didn’t tell anyone what was on it. I agreed readily, but I didn’t have a clue how to do anything on the paper.

One of my scarier ones was that I was locked in school, waiting for the night to end so I could sit my religion exam. There were a handful of us in the assembly area as a storm raged outside… And then I remembered, when morning came, that I don’t do Religion. I can’t even begin to convey the irritation I felt as I woke up.

So y’all, tell me about your dreams. I really do hope that I’m not alone after this post! Good day 🙂