Tuesday 20 February 2018

Case Study: ‘Euros helped me make it through Leaving’

Conor Cullen at his home in Clonlara, Co Clare. Photo: Brian Gavin/Press 22
Conor Cullen at his home in Clonlara, Co Clare. Photo: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Jane O'Faherty

One Leaving Cert student will get some much-needed time away from studying to catch Ireland's match against Belgium today.

Conor Cullen from Clonlara, Co Clare, has just one exam to go and says he'll "definitely" tune into the Boys in Green's game today.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he credited the Euros with helping him keep a level head during the intense final weeks of studying.

"Every now and then, I watch a few minutes of every match," he said.

"It's how I take a break from everything else," Conor added.

Overall, Conor (19) was happy enough with his second-last paper, German.

"It was one of the easier ones," he said.

"The comprehensions were tough enough but the rest was nice. The listening was very clear.

"I just have economics on Wednesday, so I have a good long break before then," he added.

"The rest [of the exams] were OK for me," he continued.

"Irish was a bit of a shock to a lot of people - the poems that people expected didn't come up, but luckily I was covered."

If all goes well, Conor is aiming to study International Business in the University of Limerick this September.

"You can choose to do it through French, German, English or Japanese," he said.

"I might do it through German if I get a place."

But college won't come before the holidays, and Conor hopes to make the most of his summer with a great escape.

"I'm going to Spain with the lads," he said.

"We're heading to Santa Ponza, so we are going to get a bit of the culture," the student said.

Irish Independent

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