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9 genuine pieces of advice for every Irish 18-year-old

Come and learn from those who went before you.

SO YOU’RE FINISHED secondary school – now what?

Adult life can be a minefield, but it’s not totally unnavigable. We consulted with various adults and with these nine pieces of actually helpful advice. Pay heed.

1. Your school days are not the best days of your lives

Sure, no one’s going to be making you dinner or cleaning up after you if you move out, and you’ll have to start paying your way, but the freedom is WORTH IT.

2. Conor McGregor is a great fighter, but not a style icon

Line them up. Source: Facebook/Conor McGregor

Think about your debs photos (and maybe just get the man bun and a plaid suit for the ball anyway, cos that’ll be hilarious in 15 years’ time).

3. The best way to change a duvet cover is to turn it inside out, then grab the inside corners

*Major announcement alert!* We've teamed up with blogger @velvetgh0st to create an exclusive homeware collection and it's just GORGEOUS! #Primark #PrimarkHome Source: primark

Don’t mess around with any other method. It will only lead to heartache.

4. Learn to cook something other than a stir fry, and someone will be impressed one day

And finally, the #BeefBourguignon at #OspreyTavern. The #ShortRib was braised for 72-hours, yes 72 hours, which resulted in an extremely tender hunk of meat. The dish also had blistered tomatoes, charred romaine, royal trumpet mushrooms, sweet onions, and fingerling potatoes. @Lemonhearted and I drank the sauce like it was soup...#noshame. Source: kristineyoungin

Never underestimate the power of a signature dish.

5. Not everybody is going to like you, and that’s OK

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There is no point in trying to impress people who aren’t bothered about you in the least. Look, over there, at all the nice people! Go to them

6. Don’t drink Tesco Value Vodka

Don’t do it.

7. Do separate whites and colours washes

Cat_in_Laundry_Basket Source: Wikimedia

You might think sticking everything in the one saves time, but you are three dishwater grey t-shirts away from a breakdown in Penneys, my friend.

8. Prepare a stock answer for the inevitable “What are you going to do with your life?” questions

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They’re going to start coming thick and fast, but don’t take them too seriously. Because…

9. No one has it figured out

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No one. Not even the people interrogating you on your life plans. So keep that in mind.

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