Wednesday 7 December 2016

Marc O'Neill to leave Tallafornia behind for Masters degree in the US

Sharon McGowan

Published 31/10/2015 | 14:18

Big Brother star Marc O'Neill graduates from Maynooth University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry & Molecular Biology and poses with fellow graduates
Big Brother star Marc O'Neill graduates from Maynooth University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry & Molecular Biology and poses with fellow graduates
Big Brother star Marc O'Neill graduates from Maynooth University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry & Molecular Biology and poses with fellow graduates, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Marc O’Neill is going to the moon and back to shed his reality star image – he’s going to study space exploration.

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The Tallafornia star graduated from college earlier this week with a degree in organic chemistry and molecular biology, and now he’s going to take his studies out of this world as he signs up to do a masters in LA.

Along with hitting the books, Marc will also be juggling a new job working on new medicines.

“I’m going to do a masters in the States but I also have a job. I’ll be working in a lab in LA making anti-

diabetes drugs,” he said.

“[Space exploration] is more of an interest thing – it’s not for my job, that’s my thing and I love doing chemistry, but I also love looking up at the stars too.”

The former Big Brother housemate, who also works as a male stripper, swapped his skimpy underwear for a graduation robe on Wednesday to receive his degree from NUI Maynooth after months of hard graft in the campus library.

“To be honest, it was the proudest moment of my life.

“I haven’t done many things to be proud of but this is definitely the best thing I’ve done,” he said.

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“I didn’t leave the library. I put in so much work .

“I’m not as intelligent as some people so I had to put in the extra work to get that [2:1 grade].”

The scientist has come a long way since appearing on infamous TV3 reality show Tallafornia, and with rumours rife that the show is set to make a comeback, Marc said there’s no chance that he would sign up to appear on a new series.

“It would be so bad. I couldn’t do it again,” the Ballymun man told the Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

“When I look back now, we were too young to be doing it. If we were to do a third season what would I gain out of it? What would any of us gain out of it?

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