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Transition year versus 5th year

The battle continues.

Written by Natalie King and posted in opinion

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So it's that time when you’ve come to the fork in the road. Do Transition Year or go on to 5th year? Well you’re in luck, as I’m about to tell you of my experience to give you some ideas. I searched the internet when I had to make the decision and found nothing, so I’ve decided to help you!
All through the junior cycle I swore I was definitely going on to fifth year. I had no interest in wasting a year dossing. How wrong I was, as a few months into preparing for exams in third year and my mind started to change. I was persuaded by past TY’s and I can honestly say its one of the best decisions I have ever made.

First week into TY I was already set design manager on the set of our school musical. I worked hard and gave it my all. We produced one of the best sets our school has ever seen. In October I decided to address my fear of heights on the climbing wall at Delphi Adventure Centre. It was scary but I really tried and almost got to the top.

I signed up to An Gaisce, Irelands National Challenge Award in November. We did our adventure journey just a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. We had so much fun and craic camping with the teachers, and it was an amazing experience. If you ever get the chance to participate definitely do. You won't regret it! I also signed up to do the RLSS Pool Lifeguard Qualification through the school. I’m due to sit the final exam in a few weeks. I did a weeks filmmaking course, I did a GAA Coaching course, I visited London, I was photographer at school masses and sports events, I went on a retreat, I was part of the active schools committee for promoting sports in our school, I saw all the sights in Dublin, I was one of the four artists to paint our 3´3m school mural, I was offered a job after work experience, and loads of other projects that I cant think of off the top of my head.

I did all this because I made the decision that for me it wasn’t going to be a doss year. For some people it was. They sat in class everyday and went on the trips that were laid out for them, but never made an effort to really get involved. For me TY really made me realise that dreams are for chasing. They won't just land on your doorstep addressed to you.
So in short, make the decision to put your all into TY. Don’t sit around! Ask questions, volunteer, pester your teachers to let you plan that event that the whole school will love. Make that decision to give it your all and I guarantee you’ll amaze yourself!

Opportunity doesn’t knock. It presents itself when you kick the door down
Kyle Chandler.

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Published January 18th, 2013
Last updated August 1st, 2013
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