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Should people do TY or not?
addiepie The Junior Cert6

I have pretty strong opinions on this, so I want to start a discussion on what other people think really. I’ve just started 3rd year and here is what I think... I don’t think TY is good. Not for me anyway. I feel like it would make me forget a lot of things, because I have 3 months of summer break and it feels like I literally forgot nearly everything that I’ve learned... so how is that going to turn out in a whole year? I’ll forget my own name! I’d get way too lazy to do my work and thenI would feel like 5th Year would probably consume me, because of the workload. I don’t want to fall into any bad habits, and I feel like it is easier to study when your mind is still in the zone! TY is also extremely expensive, and I don’t really want my parents paying for something that costs so much, and I won’t get anything from it, so what’s the point? Also, a year more in school? No thank you! I would just like to get secondary school over and done with, so I can save up to move out of Ireland and study abroad in Germany or Poland, because I’m not even Irish and there is nothing and no-one here for me. Work experience and finding a college is not a problem for me, because trips to different colleges in IRELAND may be useful to some, but for me? Not so much. I already have an idea of what I want to do (Communications Design). Work experience in TY is absolutely ridiculous. If you are lucky you get a good job, but people are usually not good to young teens, they take advantage and give them the worst jobs they can. That’s what I’ve heard anyway, but I need someone else’s opinion on this. Work experience can also be achieved not only in TY, my friend got a job last summer, so it’s not a problem. Also there’s a subject called LCVP. Out of all the people that I know, all of them regretted going into TY. They told me to just skip ahead because it’s a waste of time. I’ve never even heard of someone that regretted skipping TY anyway. What are your opinions on this? These are just my reasons but I’d love to hear what other people think.

I skipped TY and now i'm in 5th year. I don't regret it at all however. Everyone kind of feels sorry for me because I skipped. They say how reckless I am for heading into the leaving cycle so early. I don't see this as a downside, everybody will do it eventually. One of the main things I was worried about was skipping a full year of education. I tought that I'll have to catch up on work that TYs did, such as maths. But that wasn't the case. 5th is stressful and overwhelming but I think skipping TY is better because I don't feel lazy to learn.
Doing ty will just make you dumber
I'm currently in TY. I was extremely academic and always will be, but TY is such a good break for me, and i've already participated in many newer things which really improved my confidence. There is no stress and you build a stronger bond with everyone. I think if you're not willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, or you didn't try much in junior cycle, forget it. It will be of no benefit to you. However, if you are the opposite, go right ahead.
TY is great you get to do nothing all day and be coked off your face 24/7
Ty is for students that can't handle the brain power needed to take LC head on, so they run away from it and do TY instead.
I just started 5th year after doing TY (not optional in my school) I'm quite academic, and I wish a little more "school work" was included in TY, but I did enjoy it. It was interesting to work in different places (it was quite easy to find work placements, and they treated me very well and everyone I've spoken to have said the same). We also got to go on some interesting trips and workshops as well. We did a driving lesson, First Aid course, some went abroad to help out a poor daycare in Romania, spoke to people on either side in Northern Ireland, made our own mini company and more. TY is a break from school work and a chance to try out new things. You can go abroad for a while, try out courses, do some stuff for your school, charities, etc. You just have to put in the effort. Although, there were times when it was boring, I won't lie. A lot of the times when there wasn't anything to do, the class were on their phones or talking with friends. Going back to the academics in 5th year wasn't a problem to me or anyone I've spoken to in my year. The first 2 days or so are weird, but after that it feels like you haven't taken a year off at all. You go right back into routine. For me, at least.
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