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Life after school

Hopes for the future after the Leaving Cert


Written by Maymen To and posted in opinion


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I can happily say the weight of state exams (Leaving Certificate in Ireland) and stress has been lifted off of my shoulder and now I can freely enjoy my summer. Completing the Leaving Cert has made me realize how focused my life was always around school.

For the last five years, my summers have been spent preparing for either the year ahead or for imminent exams. Thus, I never truly took a break. I was constantly thinking about the future and I would always make the most of my time studying.

Reflecting back, sometimes despite it being good intentions on my part to sit down and learn, my mind did not want to. So, it was more counterproductive than productive. But what kept me motivated to study was really the thought of getting out of school and finally being able to "really" live. I'm not sure if you understand this sentiment or am I the only person who feels this way?

Nevertheless, I was still able to do many activities outside of school and I was also able to discover passions I had for certain things like music, art and dance. They really helped me live through the monotony of everyday life. Don't get me wrong though, I really do love school, however, I also believe that sometimes it can really be oppressing rather than stimulating. In my case and I believe for everybody too, it prevented me from reaching my full potential.

Life is about experiencing things and learning out of the failures we receive in life lessons but how can we learn when we are not out there? All the missed opportunities are not going to go unnoticed, for me anyways and I hope for you too. We will just have to wait and see what the future has in store for us.  

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Published August 4th, 2017
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