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The mere thought of sitting the Leaving Cert again makes me feel queasy. The memories of my final year exams aren’t pleasant, and I’m sure I’m not the only Irish person who feels that way.

Reading crumpled history notes through strained eyes at 2 am became a staple part of my nighttime routine during sixth year.

Some people sail through exam season, but other succumb to the pressure of the Leaving Cert.

We got frustrated over our struggle to understand Pythagoras’ theorem.

We shed tears over the pressure to memorise quotes from Macbeth for higher level English.

We had nightmares about not getting enough points for our dream college course.

I couldn’t possibly go back to that time of never-ending stress, tears and the Straith Pictíur, unlike broadcaster Stephen Byrne who went back-to-school nearly a decade after he sat his Leaving Cert.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The former YouTube star has a show on one of the nation’s biggest radio stations and has interviewed everyone from Oprah to Steven Speilberg, so why on earth would you swap the Oscar red carpet for French grammar lessons?

He told SHEmazing: “It felt incredibly different but all so similar at the same time. When I first sat down in Geography and began learning about rocks, it felt incredibly nostalgic.”

The one difference he noted was young people’s ability to open up about their mental health: “The progressiveness of young people and their vocabulary around mental health though has changed in a major way."

He explained: “I felt very proud to sit among the students I spent my classes with but at the same time was incredibly jealous of that experience too."

"I feel like LGBT people of my generation have a somewhat delayed adolescence because we didn't get to experience similar things to other young people as we were suppressing ourselves for much longer. “

The documentary is bound to start a huge conversation surrounding young people’s mental health, but the entire process took quite the knock on the 28-year-old.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Despite his struggles, Stephen described the experience as one of the most cathartic journeys of his life

“I was quite lost last year and that felt very similar to how I felt during my original exam year so this sort of bridged a connection between that younger version of me and my current self,” he commented.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It’s clear the Leaving Cert doesn’t cater to everyone. At the end of the day, it’s a memory test and the students who can memorise poetry quotes and geography facts the best are rewarded.

We never truly see the real picture of what life as a Leaving Cert student is like. People share good luck tweets during exam season and like photos of their friend's results on Instagram, but Leaving Again will open the eyes of the public to the reality of the Leaving Cert.

Leaving Again airs on RTÉ One at 10:15 pm.

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There’s only one thing better than shopping and that’s shopping with a discount!

The students of Dublin are in for a major treat this October as Dundrum Town Centre has announced its first ever student shopping night.

As part of a joint venture with SPIN1038, Ireland’s biggest shopping centre will be offering “massive discounts” to those in possession of a student card from 6-9pm of Tuesday October 4.

According to Dundrum TC’s website, a list of the available discounts will be released 24 hours before the event takes place and there will be live music and loads of prizes on the night.  

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If you thought the shortage of housing in Dublin was a nightmare, then you should maybe hear about the issue London is dealing with.

In Dublin, plenty of the city’s finest residences are occupied by the super wealthy who have come to study here. London also has a history of oligarchs and sheiks snapping up some of the finest real estate on the market.

Estate agents EJ Harris have new data with shows that super-rich students are filling up some of the city’s finest rental spaces.

Rent in some of the most sought after addresses, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington, can cost up to €2,000 a week.

The estate agents have noted that "smoking tends to be the only common vice" amongst the students. Otherwise they are almost the perfect tenants."They tend to be quiet, hard working and tidy.”

This is certainly a far cry from what we normally think of when someone says 'student accomodation'. 

How many of your friends floor to ceiling windows in their college houses? 

Do you think any of these students spend their winter nights huddled around the one working radiator? We didn't think so either.

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Respect Your Body
Whether it’s sobering up, swapping junk food for vegetables or saving yourself for marriage, parents always have something to say about respecting yourself.

Don’t go Mad on R.A.G. Week
This one is inevitable. When that week starts to roll around, suddenly the dynamics of the house begin to change. Mammy breaks out in random cold sweats and Daddy winces every time you add to your alcohol stash.

Are You Going to your Lectures?
There is a reason every college student mutters “grand” when parents ask us to elaborate on how our week in college was. We haven’t been to a thing all week but we’ve managed to make it out four nights in a row and now we feel guilty about it so we’ll lie. What Mammy and Daddy don’t know won’t hurt them.

Cars
Mainly Mammy’s worry, we all know that. But Daddy worries on occasion too. And the biggest worry to parents these days are all of the accidents on the road.

“Don’t be getting into cars with any mad lads. Take the bus if you have to. And make sure no one’s speeding. Didn’t they tell ye in school that it wasn’t embarrassing to tell someone to slow down. I don’t want the guards to be calling here to my door telling me that you’re in the morgue.”

Not Washing Them Clothes
As students, it’s our biggest crime. Bringing dirty clothes home to Mammy and dumping them beside the washing machine.

“Do you think I’m a machine? I don’t want to be standing at the washing machine for the whole weekend. I don’t care that you don’t have a washing machine, go to the laundrette. And look at the state of your football shorts. Covered in muck! I’m telling you now, I’ll wash this lot but if I see one more bag of washing coming in here on a Friday evening, I’ll go MAD.”

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