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Countdown to CAO season

D-day for Leaving Certs is nearly upon us!

Written by James Bohan | View this authors Twitter page and posted in opinion

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"No matter the outcome, I will try to stay positive"

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It’s that time of year again, CAO season. A stressful and worry filled few weeks met with unhelpful clichés like ‘You’ll be fine’ and ‘nothing you can do now’ doesn’t lead to a great time for many school leavers, myself included. Years of preparation and months of study all came down to two and a half weeks and people’s fates will be dished out next Wednesday and the following Monday.

For me as we near closer to results day, I find myself getting more and more nervous. Since my rejected application from HEAR, I’ve gone from fairly positive, to quite nervous. At the moment, I don’t feel I got my points for my first choice. This for me and many, is quite hard to forget about, or think we’ll be fine. Having set my sights on a particular course and college, it would be a big blow for me. Even though I will be content with my second choice, I will still be disappointed. Though I know that I’ll be happy in the long run with my course.

There is also, I believe, this silent pressure both internally and externally. Internally after months of hard work, my own personal expectations would be to get my first choice but also a pressure to fulfil people’s expectations. For me, I’ve talked about getting into Trinity and it would be difficult I believe to tell them I didn’t get in.

Luckily, I don’t see as much media build-up as I expected. Although I believe it will pick up on both national and social media in the next couple of days. For many of us, as it comes onto our TVs, it will all become very real and our nerves will be shot to pieces. Although it means that the end to the Leaving Cert ordeal is nearly over…for most of us. There will be like every year, an unlucky bunch who have to do it all over again, to those that will repeat, I tip my hat and say fair play.

No matter the outcome, I will try to stay positive, my degree, I hope will be the same and one way or another I will find my path in life, no matter the college.

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Published August 11th, 2014
Last updated August 14th, 2014
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