Friday 20 April 2018

One more push and I win my freedom

Leaving Cert diarist Ellie Walsh. Photo: John Power
Leaving Cert diarist Ellie Walsh. Photo: John Power

ALL in all, yesterday was good. The morning kicked off with a round of Economics that went surprisingly well, although the short questions of Section A were a bit dodgy. None of the old reliables that graced the short question sections of years gone by appeared.

What we did get was a highly topical paper which, if you had listened to the news at any stage this year, was doable. From the troika's exit to pylons, Section A resembled an economics version of 'Reeling In The Years' for 2013.

Economics is a bit of a snake in the grass in that it gives you buckets of choice (four long questions out of eight) but very little time to read them all and make your selection.

That being said, Section B really didn't pose too much of a problem. The first question was on supply. Not satisfied with one market structure, the second question tested our knowledge of imperfect competition and oligopoly.


The rest of the questions were very broad from elasticity to land and national income to name but a few. Altogether, I thought Section B was peachy. The only quibble I have is that I would have preferred an extra half an hour to proof read everything I'd scribbled down, but what can you do?

Once the exam papers were sealed, the giddiness began.

I plastered on my fake 'Oh I'm so happy that you're finished' face and half-heartedly joined in the celebrations.

Once the free spirits poured onto the street with yelps and screeches galore, I could grumble properly.

Today, everything comes to a glorious end for me. The only hurdle left is Music and, thanks to the practical, the exam itself is only worth 50pc.

Roll out the red carpets, pop the champagne and release the fireworks because this is it. No matter what tune they play for us, it'll be sweet music to my ears.

Ellie Walsh is a pupil at Ard Scoil na nDeise, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

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