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Saturday 21 April 2018

Exams are history, but one query still remains: will points change?

Bobbi Nic Eoin on Ventry beach. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Bobbi Nic Eoin on Ventry beach. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Bobbi Nic Eoin

Bam! I woke up that morning with a pit in my stomach, something fluttering around, not butterflies, but some harsher creatures.. wasps maybe.

It rained heavily. I decided to walk alone.

I listened to music on the way to create a tranquil atmosphere. There is nothing like listening to the Max Richter's 'On the nature of daylight' or 'Dream 3' to help you feel bittersweet and reflective. I shock myself at how much depth I can possess sometimes.

I wore my bright yellow raincoat to lighten my mood and to begin the day with a colourful start.

I was walking towards the school gates 15 minutes ahead of time and when I realised how painfully early I was, I didn't want to seem too eager.

So I stopped before the gates and turned. I walked around my town a bit until I felt sufficient time had past.

I dragged my usually co-operative legs up to the school. I veered swiftly to the right into the principal's office where I accepted the big brown envelope that held my future inside.

The apprehension that I experienced when I put out my reluctant hand out for that envelope was indescribable.

Then, I ran. I sprinted to the car park and dove inside my getaway vehicle.

After flipping through numerous sheets I finally found the page with my grades.

All I'm going to say is that I am very happy with my results. I survived maths!

Overall, I was happy with all of my subjects. But, the grading system has changed this year. Will the points system change too?

Monday is the day.

I've decided I'm going to view most of my scripts, and I find it strange that if I send one of my papers off for a recheck I will not find if my grade changes until halfway through the first semester in college.

I can't imagine how difficult it would be if you actually got the points for your first choice course, when you're already settled in your second and third? What if the course is a different college in a different county?

I've been told that a lot of people almost end up preferring their second or other choice over the first.

Now that it's over, it doesn't feel too much like the apocalypse. I know that there are always other options.

Has that been said to you at least once in your lifetime? I believe that as long as you're able to let your creativity and imagination flourish, you made the right decision.

It's also imperative to have the opportunities to develop your mind and enlighten your thoughts.

If you're attaining these things in your life because of one of the choices you made after receiving your Leaving Cert results, I think it was all worth it.

I sound very corny and clichéd, but maybe because these things have been said so often it makes them true?

I hope everyone gets the offers they want on Monday.

As George Bernard Shaw said: "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but the responsibility for our future."

Bobbi Nic Eoin was the Irish Independent Leaving Cert diarist in June. She attended Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle, Co Kerry.

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