News Exams 2019

Saturday 17 August 2019

Exam Diary: 'I've never been happier to see Joseph Stalin - I almost cried with joy'


Elaine Murphy
Elaine Murphy

Elaine Murphy

Yesterday, I spent two hours and 50 minutes writing what seemed to be never-ending essays and I felt great. Well, my hand didn't but the rest of me did.

Whoever said you can't just go by predictions was wrong. You see, history could have gone one of two ways: amazing or devastating.

I don't know whether or not it was just plain luck, but somehow I got graced with all of the questions I wanted.

I've never been happier to see Joseph Stalin. I actually thought I was going to cry with happiness.

Back home, I turned to my lovely art history notes to prepare for today. I think that art history is the only subject I don't have any problem studying. Something about all the artefacts and their diagrams that's just always been easy for me to remember.

There's not a lot of pressure when it comes to art history either as the grade you'll get in August reflects mostly on the work you put in over the past two years. The art project is done in February. The paper is worth only 37.5pc.

After today, I'll only have two exams left, Spanish and accounting. I'll also have a full four days to prepare for them, so that's an added bonus.

Coming towards the end of the exams, I've realised how quickly they've flown by. Before the Leaving Cert started, I was convinced these weeks were going to drag on and torture me but, in reality, you don't even notice the time passing.

I'm so glad that all this is nearly coming to an end. I've never been more serious when I say that I'm ready to move on with my life now.

I'm ready to say goodbye to the Leaving Cert.

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

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