‘What I’m most looking forward to is the World Cup’
Exam diary: Words don’t come easy to me so I would have preferred the old maths syllabus
Manav Manoj: “What I’m most looking forward to is the World Cup. Me and my little brother will camp out in the TV room for the whole tournament, cheering for the Netherlands.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill
Leaving certificate student, Manav T Manos, Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow. Picture: Garry O'Neill
Well that was no fun at all. Not a big fan of Project Maths I have to admit. I’m a bit of a numbers man; I take physics and chemistry as well. I think I would have preferred the old syllabus. All the words in Project Maths confuse me. Come to think of it, all the words on the English exams confused me too. And French will confuse me next week for sure. I’m really not a big fan of words. Makes me wonder how I ended up writing this diary.
There were a few part Cs on yesterday’s maths Paper 1 that I really couldn’t do anything with. I tried to put it out of my mind as I walked home and thought about my plans for the weekend. French on Friday evening, biology on Saturday and more maths on Sunday. What an exciting line up. I’ve been told to relax, to take a break, but to be honest I’d just spend the whole time worrying so I might as well be studying. Sigh!
Still, it’s good to have week one over. There is not a single aspect of the English curriculum that I will miss. Not one line of one poem, that’s the truth.
Still, I need to do well on all the subjects to get into medicine. Even if I never have to call on Sylvia Plath at the operating table I still need to know about her Bee Box. I guess there’s a logic to that but I can’t think of it right now.
I doubt I’m going to get the points I need but I’ll find a way into medicine even if I have to sneak in through the goods entrance. Judging from this week’s performance, I’m going to have to come up something very inventive to get where I want to go.
The one bright spot on my Leaving Cert horizon is that I don’t have to sit Irish. I got an exemption last year because I am from India. It’s a big relief – that’s a whole lot of words I can safely ignore.
There are about 15 people in my school who have exemptions from Irish. It was great during the year because we could spend those classes in resource getting a bit of extra help.
My friends were mildly envious all year; they’ll be powerfully jealous next week. Mind you, when most of them are finished I’ll still be hanging around for the design, communications and graphics exam so I won’t be laughing for long.
At home, I know the family will be glad to see the end of these exams. My dad is more stressed out than I am. My little brother will finally be able to watch Pokemon at a volume he can hear. What I’m most looking forward to is the World Cup. Me and my little brother will camp out in the TV room for the whole tournament, cheering for the Netherlands and playing Fifa on the computer in the breaks. Now that’s poetry in motion. l Manav T Manoj is a student at Coláiste Chill Mhantáin in Wicklow. Meet our Leaving Cert diarists at irishtimes. com/examwatch