Learning to make changes
OUT of the 77,000 people who applied to the Central Applications Office (CAO) this year for a place in higher education, more than 56,000 have received at least one offer. Most are teenagers who recently sat the Leaving Certificate. At a tender age, they have jumped what will probably prove to be one of the toughest hurdles in their lives.
Earlier, they had encountered the stress of a competitive environment. They knew that the competition would grow fiercer as they approached the end of the points race.
And so it has proved. A record number of candidates for third-level places has meant an increase in the points required for most courses. But in any case the number accepted always depended on the number of places available, and many disappointments were inevitable.