nightlysummerrain: There are kids who really suffer mentally and…

nightlysummerrain:

There are kids who really suffer mentally and feel under such intense pressure because of the bottleneck of a points system we’ve developed.
I’m lucky in that I was never prone to depression or panic attacks, but that year was a dark year. I still have nightmares about it, even more so than walking on stage. I just felt as if it was going to be the defining moment in my life and if I didn’t succeed in my exams, I would never succeed at anything.
It [the Leaving Cert] was of no use to me, other than putting me in a spin…it works for some kids really, really well: those who can absorb facts, regurgitate them and are hugely academic. I don’t want to be a preachy actor on this, but I just know that my experience was one thing; others may have experienced other things.