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English – #JC2017 – Diego Brule

Diego Brule – Colaiste Einde Salthill Galway

Want me to be honest? I can say I almost didn’t prepare for English, solely because our teachers simply didn’t know what would come up(we’re the first generation to sit the reformed English JC) but hey, it actually didn’t go bad. (And if it did I can always use the excuse that it’s not my first language)
Exam starts, I open the paper. I immediately read ‘fantastic beasts’. My heart jumps and happiness floods me as I’m sure I can answer anything about one of my favourite movies. (Sorry I didn’t read the book) But under fantastic beasts were small letters: ‘fantastic beasts and the people who love them’.. what? To say the least, I was disappointed. But as I finished this question, I turned the page and an actual Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts question was there, so naturally, I was happy again.
You can see that I went through a rollercoaster of emotions in just under 30 minutes, not bad right? Well, there’s more.
Next was Poetry. I started hating myself. Why did I not go over all those quotes, I ask myself, and the funny thing is, I kind of knew the quotes, but not having them learned off word by word pissed me off. I skipped this section, only to find that next question was drama, and I was even less prepared for that.
I say a prayer(not kidding) before skipping and seeing what awaits in the last question and- aha! we had to make up a TV dialogue between a teenager and an adult, confronting, obviously because we teenagers aren’t capable of rational thought. (rolling my eyes hard at that one)
And so I have a bit of fun making up this dialogue and then I notice there’s half an hour left. I panic as I went back to poetry and drama to answer the best I can, and before I know it the time’s up. But oh well, a roller coaster isn’t fun without the up and downs, I still enjoyed that test, even though it was the one I had fewer hopes for.

 

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