Waiting for the Leaving Cert results - A student’s view…
August 07th 2015
I’m not going to lie. The Leaving Cert was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face, and the only thing worse was waiting for the results. When I was waiting for my results last summer, I found it hard to think of a positive outcome. I kept thinking to myself, “This is going to end badly”. But it didn’t. There are lots of ways in which I could have got to do what I wanted to do, which is study psychology. It might have taken a bit longer, but I still would have got there. It’s not always a bad thing if sometimes it takes a bit longer to reach your goal. If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice, I would say that life goes on. The Leaving Cert does not determine the rest of your life. I had amazing support from my friends and family approaching the Leaving Cert results. I don’t know what I would have done without them. I advise everyone receiving their results next week to get active, keep busy, spend time with that person that makes you feel good about yourself. Just do the things that make you happy and never be afraid to let someone know if you are feeling anxious about the results. The day before my Leaving Cert, I did not get out of my bed. I stayed there thinking, and I cried, a lot. Doing this was possibly the worst thing I could have done, because I sat up all night telling myself it’s all over and thinking of what I could have done differently. Could I have studied more? Could I have paid more attention in class? Should I have taken extra grinds in that one subject? The next morning, I got up really early and thankfully I had my mam there. She was basically my hero. She calmed me down and drove me to collect my results. I got to the college an hour early and wanted to sit at the door till it opened, but my mam managed to talk me into going to breakfast with her. When the time came, I had this whole elaborate plan made out that I was going to collect my results, bring them home, and open them in my room. My Principal tried to convince me to open it there and then, so I compromised and opened it in the car with my mam. Opening that envelope was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. In the end, I got exactly what I wanted that day. I sang my heart out with joy for a good hour after that, hitting notes Andrea Bocelli could only dream of. Good luck to all students receiving their results on Wednesday. Don’t forget that you have friends and family for a reason, so they can stand by you at times like this and give you the support you need. Always remember everyone needs help sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Aaron Murphy – Headstrong Youth Advisory Panel We have some advice and tools for dealing with stress and anxiety that can help while you are waiting for your Leaving Cert results. Headstrong is leading the change across Ireland in youth mental health. Through research, engagement and service provision in the form of Jigsaw, we represent a new approach to promoting and supporting youth mental health.