August. It’s a tense time. For some it acts as the Sunday version of the year-a painful reminder that our free time is on countdown as the return to school/college is looming.
Then there’s the other more pressing matter of Leaving Cert results which August also marks.
After a grueling year of trying to swallow your textbooks to remember everything; lugging around a pound of exam papers and countless sleepless nights dreaming about going blank in the exam. You did it and you sat the exam- that was hard.
The next part though is for many just as hard, if not harder.
Results. It feels like this letter you will be given will literally determine the rest of your life. Since leaving school I have realised how much of a big deal I though school was. Of course for educational purposes yes it mattered but I thought it was it. Everything that went on all the fuss the drama the blood sweat and tears.
Here’s the thing though, and I promise you this; school isn’t everything. There’s so much more out there that matters. Getting the points doesn’t mean everything will be perfectly lined up in your life after this. There’s so much more you can do.
You have options, many actually.
So if it turns out the three digit score you get doesn’t add up to what you wanted or you don’t get the course/college you want then here’s what you do.
First take a moment. Have a little moment, a good cry if needs be. And then pull yourself together. You are no longer in the safety net that is school. You have to carry yourself. This is your life. You can either let the rejection eat you up and be miserable or you can be positive and take control.
Everything happens for a reason. Maybe this is the path you’re meant to take. If it turns out you didn’t want to go to college but don’t know what to do, pick a random part time course, get a job, start a hobby or pursue a passion of yours.
You can get to where you want to be and you can be happy. Just because you don’t get the points you aimed for or don’t receive the offer you wished for doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world.
I actually didn’t get my first course application, I got my second. And looking back now it was the best thing. It’s hard to know exactly what you want to do when you’re 17/18 and have never really experienced life. Turns out a year later what I had picked and thought i wanted isn’t really what I want anymore. In fact I’m planning on pursuing a completely different career.
Hope this helps a little. Just remember you have options, and everything does happen for a reason.