I recently blogged about how ‘pleasant’ maths paper one was. We now know why, don’t we? Paper two was, if not difficult, irritating at least. I was happy to see the first installment behind me, but half way through the second question this morning I was lamenting algebra-ridden paper one. Perhaps a compass would have made the circle question a little more manageable, but despite this hideous lack of equipment I think it went okay.
I’m not counting maths for CAO points, but have to pass in order to meet college requirements, which I hopefully did. My friends in honours maths had similar things to say about their paper, I believe there was a nasty area question involving cheese. Let’s just hope that the nice paper one combined with the less than nice second paper will make for a decent overall mark.
Irish paper one was pretty straightforward. Although I was almost certain that the recession would feature in section A, I must say I was more than relieved to see “Slán leis an Tíogar Ceilteach!” as the third essay title. I toyed with the idea of writing the second, “An tUachtarán Barack Obama” but opted to include him in the celtic tiger essay. It went something like “I’ve got nothing against Fianna Fáil, but I wish our leaders were more like Barack Obama. Speaking of Barack Obama…”. His cameo provided some relief from the otherwise doomsday style composition.
The comprehensions were typically workable, I thought, but found it incredibly hard to concentrate on them. Today was my first full day of exams, and I more than once snapped back to consciousness with my nose an inch from the page. A snack of lucozade and chocolate was necessary to wake me up before the aural, which was equally unexceptional. Raidió na life are hiring again, apparently, and some guy called Tomás bought a new boat. A good few students in my year sat their Polish paper today, how did that go?
Now it’s full steam ahead for the enigmatic mess than is Irish paper two. I’ll be pleased with my performance if I work out which questions I’m expected to attempt, never mind if I successfully complete them. Arabic is on tomorrow as well, my friend Sarah will be sitting the paper (good luck!). So I’m off to work out why exactly Clare ascended to the Spéir, the role (if any) of Mailí, Pailí and Dailí in An Triail and just why everyone was so depressed in Bimse Buan.
I almost forgot about business studies, which is also on tomorrow. Common Agricultural Policy, anyone?