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Saturday 3 December 2016

Leaving Cert Diary: One of the first things I noticed was Bono staring out at me

William Murphy
William Murphy

It was a relief to get the first exam done and dusted.

I have been calm all year, so I wasn't surprised that I didn't feel nervous until I got to the door of the exam hall yesterday.

Luckily, I managed to get a good night's sleep in, so I needed a big cup of coffee to get me going.

When we sat down to English Paper One, the first thing I noticed was Bono looking out at me.

One of the comprehensions was based on a speech he gave years ago in a US university. I wrote a letter about graduation for that question.

The essay topics suited me perfectly. I was able to use an essay I had prepared beforehand about growing up by just twisting it a small bit.

I got that out of the way first, which is always a good idea.

The comprehension questions were fairly easy, but I did run out of time on one of them.

I probably only lost about 20 marks by doing that, however.

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It could have been worse - some of my friends ran out of time on the essay part of the exam.

There was so much writing to do that my arm started to cramp in the middle of the exam, but I didn't let it bother me.

I'm feeling confident about today.

I revised all my quotes last night and at least it's an afternoon exam so we get more sleep.

William Murphy (19) is from Blackhorse Avenue in Cabra. He is a student in St Paul's CBS.

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