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Mark Doheny: 20 things nobody tells you about the Leaving Cert and starting college

The party animal

With the Leaving Cert over and the latest CAO deadline looming, we have some useful life advice to give the young students of the county who are in limbo between the end of school and the start of college.

1 – The Leaving Cert was a pain in the hole when we did it too.

2 – Use the change of mind form while you can if you felt exams went better or worse than predicted.

3 – College in UCD and Trinity is well and good but the pint will be cheaper in Sligo and you’ll automatically be less annoying.

4 – School days are not the best days of your lives. College/early 20 are before hangovers and mortgages wreck your head.

5 – A 70% attendance rate will pass most third level courses.

6 – Don’t tell your parents about details like attendance and continuous assessment.

7 – Your parents were probably drinking Buckfast eight days before the Leaving Cert too. That type of thing is genetic.

8 – People that get 600 points are not normally cool. I only know one and she was cool long before the Leaving.

9 – Maritime Science in Letterkenny may be low on points but you won’t pass it and it’ll take three days to get home on the bus.

10 – There’s no shame in settling for Carlow IT. Athlone IT is much worse.

11 – You can survive the college week living on tea and toast.

12 – You will not always drink responsibly. At least when we did it phone cameras and video quality was much worse. Unlucky for ye.

13 – In Freshers week you will join at least one club or society you will never attend.

14 – None of us really knew what we wanted to do at the age of 17/18 either.

15 – Doing Business Studies qualifies you for nothing, but rules out nothing either.

16 – Getting a grant is great. Drinking it in a week, not so much.

17 – Being an adult requires a lot of paperwork and your mam or dad won’t be there to fill them in for you now.

18 – Most of us never got our deposits back leaving student rentals so enjoy wrecking them.

19 – College isn’t for everyone. Many successful people either didn’t go or dropped out so if it’s not for you you’ll be grand too. The main thing is to mind yourself.

20 – A student house can never have enough toilet roll.

SEE ALSO –  Leaving Cert Diary: “I’ve a sore back…but at least I’m finished

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Castletown native Mark Doheny is a rising star of the Irish Comedy Scene. Winner of the Prestigious Craic Attack competition in 2011 Mark has established himself on the Irish Comedy Circuit, appearing at The Cat Laughs, Galway Comedy and Halloween Howls Comedy Festivals. He is resident MC of Kavanaghs Comedy Club Portlaoise and a popular act on the Irish comedy circuit has supported Tommy Tiernan, Bernard O'Shea, Pat Shortt, PJ Gallagher and Jason Byrne to name but a few. His new show “Bigly Notions” will be touring later this spring and he has written his first play which is due to be produced before the end of the year.