Saturday 20 January 2018

Celebrate every achievement after all your hard work

Leaving Cert students at Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Dublin
Leaving Cert students at Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Dublin

Aoife Walsh

FOR some students, receiving their results may have been a disappointing experience and one made more difficult as classmates and friends celebrate their achievements.

Family and friends may not know how to assist those students, especially if everyone else views the results as excellent.

If a student is disappointed, it is important for those around him or her to recognise this and not imply that they shouldn't feel a particular way.

However, offering support and encouragement is very helpful. On days like today, the disappointment of not attaining an expected grade in a particular subject or being short a few points of a goal can completely overshadow all other achievements.

But , students need to focus on what they have achieved. The Leaving Cert. is a challenging experience for everyone. Every pass and every "honour" is something to be applauded and cannot be taken away. Even if disapointed, students should celebrate their accomplishment, whether this is done privately or with friends.

There is no need to rush any decision about the next step. Speaking to family and friends, and those who know the student best, can be very helpful.

Students can also consider contacting the school to make an appointment with the guidance counsellor, which can be a really helpful way of making sense of confusing emotions as well as getting information about how to proceed

And students should not make presumptions about the likelihood of being offered a college place of choice. Nobody knows what the "points" will be until Monday, and considering viewing exam scripts and seeking a recheck may be helpful.

If students are concerned about a PLC place they should contact the college, which will offer advice, alternatives, or give peace of mind.

Students can also call the Exam Helpline - 1800 265 165 - where they can speak to a guidance counsellor in complete confidence.

Irish Independent

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