As I cried tears of joy in a crowded mall, I realized how heavy the day of the Farewell Cert results had weighed on me

If you happened to be at the Blanchardstown Shopping Center yesterday morning, you may have seen me in tears when I received my Leaving Cert results.

was a little surprised about one or two subjects as I got a lower grade than I expected. It got me the points I wanted and more.

Whether you got your results yesterday in bed, at the kitchen table, on vacation abroad, or right after a night on the dance floor with your debs, the relief is huge.

The setup was unlike any other. After a glorious and busy summer, it feels like an eternity since we took our exams. In the time leading up to getting your results, it’s only natural to think often about how you did.

The added wait time impacted many students’ stress levels related to courses and college, not to mention ever-increasing concerns about accommodation.

Unlike traditional years, the results were not received in schools. Instead, they were available online through the CAO portal.

There were mixed reactions from the students. Some wanted to be with friends when they got their results. Others were more than happy to sleep in and not interact with anyone until the festivities began.

About an hour after I burst into tears in Blanchardstown, my shoulders dropped like weights. Throughout the day I let out huge sighs of relief and took deep, heavy breaths. Maybe I’ll finally admit to myself that I was more worried than I thought.

As I write this I am sitting in Dublin Airport Terminal 2 awaiting the arrival of our Spanish student/family friend for the academic year. Families and friends meet again and new journeys begin.

It puts you into perspective that your life isn’t determined by your exam grades. As a friend recently told me, these trials are a stepping stone in life, not a hurdle. Life is about experiences, memories, the impact you leave in this world and in the lives of others.

No matter what results you achieved or failed to achieve, be proud of yourself. What you have achieved is amazing and something that should be celebrated. Whether you got top grades and your dream course, or scraped a passport and started a new job, you’ve made it.

For now, forget the next step, the housing disaster and the looming CAO race for spots. At the end of the day it works and you find your way. Celebrate what you just achieved! An exciting new chapter begins in all of our lives.

Amelhyne O’Regan-Farineau was a 2022 Irish Independent Leaving Cert diarist. She was a pupil at St Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina, Co. Mayo. As I cried tears of joy in a crowded mall, I realized how heavy the day of the Farewell Cert results had weighed on me

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