Alison Tan (23S03A)

Teachers’ Day 2022: Teachers’ Drip

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Alison Tan (23S03A), Anamika Ragu (23A01A), and Nor Akmal (23S03A)

“Doesn’t ‘drip’ on its own mean something different from ‘dripping’?”

Ms Chuang Sulynn, Literature Department

Indeed it does, and more. With the sweltering heat of living on the equator and attire regulations looming over us every time we reach for something from the closet, having ‘drip’ (fashion and/or style) in Raffles Institution seems to be a mammoth task. 

Despite this, our teachers make do rather impressively. 

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Peer Problems

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Nor Akmal (23S03A) and Alisha Insyirah (23S03Q, Peer Helper)

Cover Image by Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

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 have two friends in my class currently which I know from separate friendship circles, however we are now in one friendship circle and they don’t seem to vibe together. What should I do?

Confused Compadre

Dear Confused Compadre, 


Most, if not all of us, are in more than one friendship circle: it goes without saying that each friendship circle will contain people with differing personalities. Naturally, then, if you were to bring two friends from different circles together, they may have some difficulty “vibing”, as you’ve already experienced. 

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Pride’s Predicament

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Nor Akmal (23S03A) and Faith Wan (23S02B)

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.

how do i manage my large ego?

Arrogant Anon

Dear Arrogant Anon,

Everyone has an ego. After all, your ego is your self-esteem: you need to believe that you have the potential to keep taking on new challenges so that you don’t stagnate within your comfort zone. A high self-esteem is also crucial for positive mental health and well-being. It enables you to value yourself and maintain a healthy level of confidence.

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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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Aunt Agony & Uncle Upset: Boyfriend Blues

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By Nor Akmal (23S03A) and Sabrina Tong (23S03Q, 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 kind of want a boyfriend; why so hard to find bf 😩

Lonely Lass

Dear Lonely Lass,

At our age, it’s easy to get swept up in the flurry of young love, especially when your best friend shares pictures of their lovey-dovey dates on their Instagram story. Media’s influence is undeniable, so it’s important to assess the value of a relationship before getting into one.

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t get into a relationship, just that you might want to reconsider why you want one. Is there someone you have your heart set on already, or do you merely like the idea of being in a relationship?

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