Start of big week for local Leaving Cert students
Having sat quiet over the course of the summer, secondary schools across the county exploded back into life this morning (Tuesday) as groups of students arrived to collect their Leaving Cert Results, balancing nerves and excitement as they were greeted by members of staff.
While in some ways it feels like a long time ago, on June 5 a total of 1,826 Wexford students (944 male and 882 female) arrived at the same schools ready to tackle English Paper I - the first in a series of exams. Just over two months later the same students are back in the school halls for the last time as they collect their all important results.
While the option to receive results online from 10 a.m. is available, the vast majority still seem to prefer going to the school in person to soak in the atmosphere and hopefully celebrate with friends.
Previously, students faced an agonising five day wait for CAO offers to emerge and to find out if they got their place on the course of their choice, but this year the turnaround is rapid.
Thanks to a stand taken by Castlebridge Student Rebecca Carter, round one offers will be available to view online from 2 p.m. this Thursday afternoon. These will also be issued by email and text message.
The change to allow CAO offers to be issued quicker was brought about after Ms Carter took a successful case before the High Court where she argued that her rights were being infringed by having to defer taking up her offer of veterinary medicine at UCD by a year following an upgrade to her results.
Those collecting results today will be grateful, as it means less time sweating on a college offer and it gives them more time to make arrangements before entering third level.
Colleges are offering various supports in a bid to help applicants with their CAO offers. IT Carlow is running a CAO helpline at 059 9175173.
Waterford IT's helpline is 051 834176 / 051 834177 or you can WhatsApp or text 087-3771770 ahead of the round one acceptances closing date on Friday, August 23.
While it may seem of major importance right now, it's also important for youngsters collecting their results to realise that it's not the end if they fail to meet their target on this occasion.
Organisations like The Samaritans are urging young people to put their mental well-being before results and are keen to push the message that exam results do not define you or your future. A bit of perspective can be crucial at a time like this.
For those who've got what they need, tonight will be a great night of celebration and they are urged to look after each other, stay safe and enjoy the beginning of the next chapter of their lives.