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Monday 22 September 2014

Study break? I'm off to watch the TV

Ellie Walsh

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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Leaving Cert diarist Ellie Walsh. Photo: John Power
Leaving Cert diarist Ellie Walsh. Photo: John Power

YESTERDAY was French's turn to take centre stage. I spent the hour before the exam watching French music videos on YouTube in the hope of soaking up some last minute vocabulary.

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After my futile attempt of cramming was over, it was back into school for another day. It was the first day where numbers had thinned, giving this whole ordeal a finite feel at last.

As we were waiting to go in, speculation was rife about what topics we'd face in the written section. Racism, alcohol and the environment are always hot predictions – but rarely come up.

Instead, our choices ranged from animal cruelty, to women's rights and then smoking. All in all they didn't pose too much of a problem, so I won't whine.

The comprehensions were a different kettle of fish, the first one being about a family circus, with some trying vocabulary. The second was truly bizarre. Now I'm no translator, but what I got from it was a father who was perpetually enraged because his daughters liked to head out for the odd soiree.

The answering of that one was a series of stabs in the dark.

The aural test is notorious for its wacky contents (let us not forget the parents of the 2011 paper who lost their child mushroom-picking) so we were ready for the worst.

But they seemed to tone down the crazy this year, with the only thing worth an eyebrow raise was the French singer with the weird Connemara obsession. We won't judge.

Now it's the waiting game for me, with my next exam not until next Wednesday.

It will be a long drawn out week as I watch my peers, one by one, shed the final shackles of Leaving Cert imprisonment but, as they say, c'est la vie.

In the meantime I have a lot on my plate. There's season five of 'Breaking Bad' to complete and a catch-up on several episodes of 'Made In Chelsea'. Oh and I suppose I should do a little bit of study, and, of course, my diary.

Ellie Walsh is a pupil at Ard Scoil na nDeise, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

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