Tuesday 20 August 2019

Elaine Murphy: 'Missing the bus and losing sleep add to stress'

 

Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Elaine Murphy - Exam Diary

The 8.47am bus didn't show up yesterday! Not only did it have me and other students panicking about whether or not we were going to be late for Maths Paper 1, but it also made others late to their jobs.

You know that's all a person needs to start off their Monday morning, the only bus service in the area not showing up.

If it weren't for my friend Orla and her mother driving past I would have been late arriving at the exam centre. To say I'm extremely grateful to them is an understatement!

In other news, the maths exam went splendidly. Or at least I think it did. A few tricky questions here and there but nothing we couldn't handle.

Our first Irish exam was yesterday as well. I had been learning off an essay on the health system all week but to no avail. It didn't come up.

I had a little laugh to myself in that exam because I hadn't revised anything else. All was fine though because I pulled my best improv skills and wrote an essay on the pressure on students (at least that's what I hope it meant).

I'm not quite sure if others are feeling this, but I wish I remembered what a good night's sleep was like. People always tell you to get enough sleep the night before an exam, but I physically don't see how that's possible. How am I meant to sleep if I have another three Irish poems and an 'An Triail' essay to learn off? It's impossible. It's kind of sad that sleep has become one of my deepest desires at the moment.

I hope sometime this week I get to catch up on some Zzzs, otherwise I might just doze off in one of these exams. Let's hope for the best...

Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin

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