The day, the Points, the Paths

August 04th 2017

The day, the Points, the Paths

On the 16th of August young people are going to receive their Leaving Cert results. A volunteer from our Youth Advisory Panel has written a blog post on the anticipation of receiving their Leaving Cert results and also the path that they had taken after receiving their results... 

So, today is the day the Leaving Cert results are dispersed. Today is the day the students finally face the horror they never thought they would face, after all of those insomniac nights infested with empty cans of energy drinks or coffee cups while trying to remember the bootless Pythagoras theorem.

When I left school, I wanted to do biological sciences. I was so interested in biology and was fascinated about the subject for as long as I can remember, but when I started studying it at third level, the fascination I felt for the subject was being slowly diminished. Reasons for this were the excessive and constant continuous assessments, slight bullying and some confidence issues with my capacity to do well in this field. There were certain things I couldn’t do in the field over a physical problem which irritated me, so I began to brainstorm other areas of interest to study while I pushed on into second year.

I was always told that if you don’t know what you want to do or study, then do business. So I followed that advice. I began a QQI Business Course in 2015, while also commencing onto an evening course called Young Community Leaders, this course focused on how to become a leader while acting within your capacity to do so, how to perceive and analyse different people’s views and learn the power to plan and achieve goals. The two courses together were like what pizza is to a garlic dip. The people and lectures on both courses were so inspiring and kind that I will never forget them. I achieved top marks in both courses and got onto a degree psychology course and after four years of doing my Leaving Cert, I can finally say I am on my dream course. I didn’t realise it, but the knowledge and interest I have of the way people behave, now drives me to achieve hopefully to postgraduate level.

The focal point is that the Leaving Cert is a stress filled time, that not every person understands the impact it can have on someone. It is however a time that reveals a number of paths you can go down, all different in duration and obstacles, some are wrong paths, some are the right paths but at the end of the day, you’ll make it. 

If you have been finding life tough at the moment, talk to a trusted adult in your life about what has been difficult for you. There may also be a Jigsaw near you who can provide guidance and support for young people aged 12-25 who are experiencing a difficult or distressing time. Check our website to find your nearest Jigsaw.  Alternatively, you can log on to and search for mental health support services near you, or talk to your GP (General Practitioner) about supports in your local area.