An Emotional Rollercoaster

I’ve always been terribly impatient, call it a character flaw if you will. Luckily, to put off pacing around the house anticipating results I had an amazing holiday of 10 days with 10 friends in Barcelona, coming back just 5 days before results, ensuring that my nails remained unbitten and my hair not torn out. I expected to be able to sleep perfectly on Tuesday night, maybe waking up around midday to wander down to the school or check my results online if I was feeling particularly lazy. I should have known better; when I finally went to bed at 2am I spent the whole night dreaming about getting results and waking up every few hours impatiently checking the clock to see if it was 8am yet. When it was finally time to get up I was a bag of jittering nerves, but donning my lucky Vespa jacket I was driven down the school where I discovered I was the first person there and it was all locked up. Brilliant. Two friends arrived a minute later and we loitered outside the doors nervously waiting for them to open. When they did, we dashed in and snatched up our envelopes before scuttling off to quiet corners of the school where we could be on our own.

I’m not sure what I expected to see, but I didn’t dwell too much on expectations when I opened my envelope. This is what I saw:









Bam. 590 points. Delighted doesn’t even come close to how I felt. Try “shaking like a leaf”. Despite my happiness at my results there was the knowledge at the back of my mind that while last year I could have had my pick of Medicine courses in the country, my low HPAT score wouldn’t be enough to get me into any course this year. I spent the next 5 days gearing myself up for Human Health and Disease in Trinity, planning Freshers week and convincing myself that,actually, medicine wasn’t the course for me. All those whingy patients? Being on my feet for hours and hours? No sleep for days? No thanks. Well you can imagine my surprise after staying up all night fretting with friends on Facebook I saw a scan of Monday’s Irish Independent at 3am containing all the CAO points for 2009. Twitter had been hopping with rumours of a 715 cut off point for medicine in RCSI but I tried not to believe it until I saw it in print, but there it was: 715 for RCSI, 720 for UCD, 729 for Trinity. In 4/5 weeks I will be a med student. My 718 just scraped me in to RCSI.

You’d think I would have been ecstatic, but a combination of shock and 3am sleepiness caused me to burst into tears and have to be comforted by my sister (a fellow night owl) offering water, chocolate and vodka (I declined the latter). To tell the truth, I hated the idea of going to RCSI. I wanted to go to Trinity since I was about 5 and had spent all Summer expecting to be studying Human Health and Disease there. Now that I’ve slept on it I’m really looking forward to studying at RCSI, though I still hope Medicine might come down by 2 points in UCD and I’ll be offered it in round 2. If not, I’m hoping Trinity will let me in after 1st year if there are any places due to people dropping out.

I hope the people who’ve been reading this blog are all happy with their results and offered, please post a comment letting me know how you got on!


23 thoughts on “An Emotional Rollercoaster”

  1. LittleMissSunshine

    French A1
    English A1
    Chem A1
    Biology A1
    Irish A2
    H Ec A1
    ..which adds up to 590..Pharmacy TCD here I come

  2. Glad to hear you’re excited about RCSI, it would suck to have to go to a course you weren’t crazy about. RCSI sounds amazing too! See you in Dublin!

  3. hey i got 590 too! i got trinity which was shocking! you should be delighted with rcsi,
    it has savage resources what with all the foreign students paying like 20 grand a year and it’s only 5 year in comparison to 6 in ucd! well done!!!!

  4. 600 points! Woo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my results:
    Irish A2
    English A1
    Maths A1
    French A1
    History A1
    Chemistry A1
    Music A1
    Business A2 … Grr.

    I got 184 in the HPAT… Medicine in NUIG, here I come!

    Well done to everyone, great results ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That girl who did her leaving cert 3 times got Medicine in RCSI. I thought I should mention lol.

    Congratulations on your results and to all the bloggers. I was supposed to be blogging on this site a while back but quit as I didn’t really have the time (I was the linguist guy). It was great to read it when I could.


  6. well done! i’m slightly jealous of RCSI students as you don’t have negative marking! best of luck with your studies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Oh, and if there’s any way I can help out with the getting-into-Trinity plan… clear a space or two… maybe a subtle nudge down the stairs… just say the word ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Well done, Elizabeth! All that worry over nothing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have an amazing time learning to save lives! Good luck.

  9. Been following this blog on and off throughout the year..

    Well done for getting medicine! I’ll see you in RCSI too! Good luck!

  10. Congrats! Your results were amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I hope you’re happier with RCSI once you get there! ๐Ÿ˜€ That, or you join the rest of us TCD rejects in UCD! ๐Ÿ˜› …Whichever happens first! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 590? 600? What is it about this site that attracts such evil little overachievers? Bah. Multiply like cockroaches, your kind does…

  12. English A1
    Chemistry A1
    Biology A1
    Geography A1
    Irish A2
    French A2
    Economics B1
    Maths B2

    all higher

    HAHA pharmacy UCC is gona be so much better than Pharmacy TCD LittleMissSunshine!

  13. You should be delighted about going to the RCSI! Defintely a paddle up from Trinity, despite the fact that Trinity is the most wanted. I know several people there in different courses, including medicine. It’s the same answer all throughout: The lecturers for the most part don’t give a toss, as they all have their own things to be attending too. And many fourth year students complain about the amount of classes lecturers then end up missing there…
    Also, Trinity is more theory than UCD and RCSI, which have loads of practical. Between UCD and the RCSI, the course structure is also almost the same. In the end I think there’s no big difference.
    I do know though that the RCSI and TCD have the best international reputation, so for those who want to go abroad they’re good choices. (UCD is gaining some rep too though atm)
    The RCSI was my _first_ choice in fact. (I’ll be seeing you there ^^ ) It’s a really small college thats really specialised. Also, as someone mentioned earlier, it has great facilities and links due to all the foreign students. The lecturers I heard (from a friend of mine who went there last year) are all _really_ eager to help you as much as they can. (I suppose with most people there paying for it, they’d have to get their moneys worth!)
    Due to all the international students, and yet the college being so small, you get a really close knit community with LOADS of variety amongst people. It’ll be so interesting!

    Besides, did you know they have a CHOCOLATE BALL??? ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Omg a chocolate ball? Amazing. I also heard they have a gourmet society that has an international food night! I’m actually really looknig forward to going to RCSI now, can’t wait for the next three weeks to go by until we start, seeya there!

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