Diego Brule – Colaiste Einde Salthill Galway
Geography, geography. Geography has always been a gamble for me, partly because I’ve lived everywhere at this stage and have a fair amount of general geographic knowledge, and partly because I only study my favourite parts and hope they come up. And very luckily, Today’s short questions were all of the simple things that I knew and section II was precisely the topics I loved (or that I’ve done so many times that I don’t even have to think about it).
And so at 9:30 am, I open the exam. I flew through the first few questions, and I come across this typical developed/developing world map, which I never liked because it basically portrayed every country outside Europe and Asia as messed up, poor and evil. I come from Chile (South America), so I was always against how geography class made ‘developing’ countries look like.
But in this map, for the first time ever, Chile was in blue, or ‘developed’. I celebrated this in silent glory for a few seconds and then got back to my exam.
Then, the feared, the Section ‘wrist-breaker’ II, came around. I flicked through the 6 questions and picked three to answer, which were ones that I’d prepared essays on: Rivers and humans, Economic activities, and the OS map and aerial photograph.
I finished all of this with about 10 minutes to spare (including some Van-Gogh quality diagrams) and was about to hand it up when I realised I forgot to answer a part of a question (throwback to CSPE), so, naturally, I rush this last part and finish just in time, and walk out of the exam hall feeling triumphant, having conquered one of the tests that I feared the most.
Next up was Maths, but first, a burrito break at Boojum.