Nor Akmal (23S03A)

Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Through with J2

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By Jolene Yee Xin Yi (23S03A) and Nor Akmal (23S03A, Peer Helper)

Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

Your resident Aunties and Uncles are back with our Ask Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset column, this time as a collaboration between Raffles Press and Peer Helpers’ Programme (PHP)! Ever wanted to rant about that someone you just can’t stand? Overwhelmed with too many feelings? Submit your confessions to https://tinyurl.com/riadvice and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month. 

“why is J2 so much worse than last year & will J2 be all about mugging for A-Levels”

Fearful Fellow

Dear Fearful Fellow, 

We understand that school life can be very exhausting — we’re confronted with test after test, and it doesn’t help that time is passing so quickly. Our two years here in Raffles ultimately lead up to the A-Levels, so it is inevitable that preparing for exams constitutes a large part of J2 life. Although the jump from J1 to J2 can be daunting, there are always ways to mitigate this issue.

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Pressing Ahead 2022: Through the Journalist’s Lens 

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By Jolene Yee Xin Yi (23S03A) and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q)  

Where does the journalist look for newsworthy stories? Where does the future of journalism lie? These are two areas of exploration that Raffles Press’ annual Inter-JC Conference, Pressing Ahead, seeks to uncover in greater depth.  

Against the backdrop of the world’s largest newspaper publications venturing into multimedia journalism, how we, as student journalists, can harness the power of photo, audio and video to supplement our craft, is definitely something worth contemplating and conversing about. 

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Aunt Agony & Uncle Upset: A Guide to Sharpening your Social Skills  

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Jolene Yee Xin Yi (23S03A) and Aaron Goh Wei Ming (23S06H, Peer Helper) 

Cover Image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

Your resident Aunties and Uncles are back with our Ask Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset column, this time as a collaboration between Raffles Press and Peer Helpers’ Programme (PHP)! Ever wanted to rant about that someone you just can’t stand? Overwhelmed with too many feelings? Submit your confessions to https://tinyurl.com/riadvice and we’ll give them our best shot. This column will be published at the end of every month. 

I am a generally really quiet person and my social skills went into the negative 1000s while I was studying for O levels last year (I JAE-ed into Raffles Institution), however I’m much more sociable online. My main question is how can I improve my IRL social skills when I’m super shy?

Troubled Tabby 

Dear Troubled Tabby,  

We would first like to offer some reassurance─most of us have been there at some point in time, and it is perfectly understandable that your social skills have deteriorated after studying for a stressful national exam and missing out on social interactions.

We certainly empathise with your struggles of opening up to strangers─after all, approaching and striking up a conversation with an unfamiliar face for the very first time can be absolutely nerve-wracking. 

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