Leaving Cert diary: It’s almost time to focus on the things that don’t involve revision

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Leaving Cert diary: It’s almost time to focus on the things that don’t involve revision

Exam diary


Claire Roche, Colin Moriarty and Benita von Freier look over the Leaving Cert German exam at Bandon Grammar School, Cork, yesterday. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Claire Roche, Colin Moriarty and Benita von Freier look over the Leaving Cert German exam at Bandon Grammar School, Cork, yesterday. Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The overall experience of the Leaving Cert has been such a blur. It’s crazy to believe that I only have two exams left – I’m on the home stretch!

There were several subjects that I genuinely didn’t expect to do well in, particularly maths and Irish, but it looks like I was worried for nothing.

Also, I was watching the episode of ‘Friends’ where Joey tries to learn French (and fails hilariously), just appreciating the fact that my days of studying French are behind me.

I’m very lucky in that I have five days to study for my next exam – music. Thankfully, listening to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen on repeat actually counts as revision – what a fantastic excuse to rock out during my free time too!

Then to religion where I have more than enough coursework to keep me occupied. It’s very difficult to predict what’s coming up for that exam, so time will tell.

With all of this discussion on the Leaving Cert, it leads directly into deep, silent thoughts about the future. I wish the next chapter of my life wasn’t so fast approaching, and, more importantly, I wish that the Leaving Cert didn’t dictate what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I have an awful lot of interests: youth work, journalism, music, literature, and politics to name a few. Unfortunately, there is no single degree out there that merges all of those interests together, meaning I find it tricky to narrow my potential courses down. It took months on end to decide how I should fill out my CAO application. Thankfully, I think I have it figured out: I’m hoping to study law and media studies.

However, there’s still the summer to look forward to. Between the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) mainly, I have a lot of work to do that should keep me busy.

I love the work of these organisations and I’m really hoping to continue this in college. It certainly helps that ISSU is currently campaigning for publicly funded higher education as it affects me too at this time.

I don’t think I have my future entirely figured out yet, but I think I know the direction. I’d love to travel up the Wild Atlantic Way, continue my study of Irish Sign Language, and try something completely new and far out. Things I didn’t get to do this year… because I was too fixated on the Leaving Cert.

It’s time for new beginnings, whether that’s for my education or my own personal growth.

Irish Independent

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