Monday 18 December 2017

'It's going to be engineering for me - I have more than enough points'


William Murphy
William Murphy

I WAS delighted with my results yesterday - with 385 points I have more than enough points to study engineering.

It will be a long wait until the CAO offers come out on Monday, but I'm confident I should be able to go to DIT. That is my first choice.

I walked to school yesterday to collect my results, and I didn't feel nervous at all until I saw my principal standing there giving out the envelopes to people.

Around 20 of my classmates had already collected theirs when I got there and they all seemed happy, so it was a good start.

When I totted up my points it was more than I expected to get, so I was delighted.

My sister Stephanie also did her Leaving Cert and she was happy with hers too - she was only a little more nervous than I was.

Of course, straight away I had to send texts out to all my family to tell them what I got. They were all waiting to find out.

All of the study was worth it, thank God I don't have to do that again. I think even if I miss out on my course I would just do a level-six course and get into the degree that way.

It's a lot of stress for just one year and the curriculum is really wide, so I don't think I could do it again - but, thankfully, I'm sure I won't need to.

Most of my results are Bs and Cs, which is exactly what I needed.

The most surprising one for me was Italian. I thought the paper was extremely hard and I wasn't expecting to do very well, so it was a nice surprise when I saw my C3.

For me, the maths paper was also really tough. Everyone in my year thought it was impossible, so I was delighted to see a B2 grade on my results sheet.

One of my friends was sure he failed it, so I was delighted for him when he passed.

Luckily, all of us have done well enough in the exams to get into the courses we wanted.

It will be strange not returning to school for the first time ever in September.

I haven't thought too much about the next step or what college is going to be like, so I'll just have to wing it and see how I get on in a few weeks.

I wasn't in the humour for celebrating with a big night out last night despite my good results.

William Murphy (19), from Cabra, was a student at St Paul's CBS in Dublin 7

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