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December Leaving Cert Diary

December Leaving Cert Diary

Sorcha Kennedy

Last year writer, Sophie Coffey, kept us up to date in the run up to her Leaving Cert exams with her Leaving Cert Diary series…we all know how that turned out now.

This year another writer, Sorcha Kennedy, will be documenting her experience in 6th Year. With a lot still going on due to the pandemic and uncertainty over the 2021 exams, it will definitely be an interesting one to follow every month.

Thank god it’s finally the holidays!

This month was definitely not any easier than the others. We had the last of our continuous assessments as well as tons of homework.

Luckily, this month did have a few nice Christmas traditions that, although they were different from previous years, still took the edge off all the stress. We had a Christmas jumper day, a very strange online mass, and a beautiful pre-recorded version of our usual Christmas carol service. We even had a pizza party to end the year on a nice note.

Another nice surprise was the State Examinations Commission extending the deadlines for coursework/ projects, which means I don’t have to worry about my Economics or Politics and Society projects during the break!

A much needed break

Unfortunately, due to new restrictions, we won’t be able to do much during the holidays. Although I was hoping to go out for a meal or even for a cup of coffee with friends, I’m more than happy to stay home and binge-watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Harry Potter movies. I plan on spending the break in my pyjamas and making ugly jewellery with the jewellery making set I got for Christmas.

I’ve decided to take a step back from school work until the last few days before I head back to school because I definitely think I deserve a break. This break won’t last long as our pre exams begin barely a month after we go back to school. They are definitely a dark, looming presence and are even more intimidating because we didn’t have summer exams or Christmas this, meaning they will be my first full exam in over a year.

I’m trying not to worry too much about them and focus on the long term goal of the actual leaving cert.

Plus, our practicals and orals won’t be too far after our pre’s so I will definitely be focusing on them more.

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Here’s to a better 2021

This is definitely not a normal Christmas, with fewer people at the house and none of the usual festivities like ice skating or going to see the pantomime. But everyone should use this time to take a breather from the world.

Try to take time away from your phone (as hard as it can be) and read a book, or draw, or paint, just do something instead of dwelling on the craziness going on right now.

All we can hope for is that 2021 will be a better year for everyone.

Catch up on all of Sophie’s Exam Diaries from last year and Sorcha’s 2020/21 series.

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