Leaving school with the Leaving Cert ahead
With one week to go to the Leaving Cert, stress levels can be pretty high. I did it twice, a few years ago, just to recapture the experience.
Remember, you’re more than your exams or results.
Right now, that dip between leaving school and doing the exams is a funny time. Right now though, try to focus on getting through them, along with the light at the end of the tunnel.
Life after the Leaving Cert (and it does exist, promise!) can leave people at bit of a loss as to what to do next. You and your friends have been on pretty much the same track for the last 10 years or so.
Now, everyone has to find their own path in life and make real decisions for themselves.
School might monotonous at times but it provides structure and support for young people. Leaving school means that support disappears and it can take time to find a new footing.
Be prepared to experience a bit of anti-climax after the exams. All the hype, adrenaline and then what next?
It’s not a priority right now, the exams are, but if you’re having doubts about your choices, know that you still can make changes at www.cao.ie until 1 July.
For the next few weeks keep active. Don’t stop any regular exercise you may have been doing. Exercise can also help release a lot of pent-up anxiety.
It seems a bit mixed up that something like leaving school, which can be joyous and sad in equal measure is followed by something that can feel so isolating as doing exams. So, try to still catch up with mates every now and then for a chat.
Take regular breaks from study, this doesn’t mean get sucked into Netflix though. Eat well, minimise the treats for the next few weeks.
Looking forward to college life
College might seem like the be all and end all, but it’s potentially only another chapter in your life. Like the exams, how you approach it can make all the difference.
Be aware of what you want from college. You might find yourself with more free hours in the day than you did previously.
I spent my first year in college focusing exclusively on my course work. I approached it like school and I struggled to meet the change. It might be cliché but college is a place to meet new people and try new things. It helps if you approach it like that.
Keep calm. You can do it.
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