After the Leaving Cert, the wait is finally over...
Congratulations to the 50,848 CAO applicants who have received an offer of a place in higher education today.
Whether a mature student, an applicant who came through a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course in a further education college, or one of the 37,000 applicants from the leaving Certificate class of 2014 receiving an offer, it is a very special day.
The transition to college is a big moment and one that opens up the door not only to acquiring more knowledge and skills, with an eye on a career, but also to developing the person in the broadest possible sense.
This is a significant year in the world of Irish third-level for a number of reasons. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) welcomes its first students to the new Grangegorman Campus. The outcome of a pilot project by Trinity College Dublin , exploring alternative paths to college is awaited today. Will it contribute to the end of the "points system" as we know it?
Hopefully, applicants are pleased with the offer they have received and are looking forward to the next step.
This journey may sometimes be challenging and sometimes fun, but it is guaranteed to provide students with many opportunities to learn and grow both academically and personally.
For those who may be disappointed there are still plenty of options available, even if no offer was received.
This is a busy time and students may feel unsure of themselves, so it is wise take time and take advice.
If students are feeling particularly uncertain they may contact the Exam Helpline, organised the National Parents Council Post-Primary (NPCpp), where they or their parents can speak to a guidance counsellor in confidence about their own situation and get one to one advice.
LIVE VIDEO Q&AS ON INDEPENDENT.IE
In addition to 1800 265 165 helpline independent.ie will run a series of videos where guidance counsellors will discuss the issues that arise for students at this time, as well as answering questions.
Aoife Walsh, will host the broadcasts, starting at 1pm today. Anyone who wants a question dealt with on the broadcasts, should send the query, via email, to email@example.com, or twitter #indoexams2014.