THIS Wednesday is D-Day for almost 2,000 young people across Kerry who will be collecting their Leaving Cert results after a tense two-month wait.
On this Wednesday morning 1,863 students who sat the traditional Leaving Cert and 77 students who sat the Leaving Cert Applied exams are expectantly collecting their results.
While the students will learn if their hard work of the past two years has paid off they'll have to wait another week to see if they've actually secured the college place of their choice.
From early on Wednesday morning students will descend on their old schools where they will be presented with the all important brown envelope that the will tell them where their immediate future lies.
Few things are certain on Leaving Cert results day. Many students will be elated. Many more will simply be relieved. Some however will be devastated and disappointed.
To those who excel and who get the points they'd hoped for, congratulations. You have worked hard and deserve your success. Enjoy it and enjoy the feeling of stepping out from the shadow of the schoolhouse into the bright new world that awaits you. The world is your oyster, make the most of it.
Those students who can find only dismay in their results should remember one thing. A set of poor, or poorer than expected, results are not the end of the world. Far from it in fact.
There are many other options open to you. From alternative courses to repeats next year, the options are many and varied. Don't be despondent and don't make a snap decision in the heat of a dispairing moment.
Let the dust settle and in a few days time when the Leaving Cert euphoria and excitement has ended take the time to evaluate your options with a cool head.
For the parents, family and friends of Leaving Cert students it's important to remember that this is a stressful for these young people. The results are only the first step and Kerry's Class of 2012 faces an anxious wait for the postman to deliver those precious CAO offers on Monday morning.
To all who completed the Leaving Cert this year, well done. You have completed one of the most demanding tests you will ever face and we wish you every success for the future. You are the next generation and your country and your county needs you.