Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Weighty Matters

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By Tay Yu Ning (23S06E) and Wang Yujie (23S06H, Peer Helper)
Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

“I’m normal-sized and my parents won’t stop fat-shaming me. I know logically that I’m not fat, but yet I can’t drown out their voices purely based on the fact that they’re my parents. Their words are hurtful and make me feel bad about myself even when I know these words shouldn’t matter to me. What can I do to ignore them?”

Adorable Annie
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Please Mind The Platform Gap: Taking H2 Chemistry

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By Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

As one of the most popular subjects in Raffles Institution (second only to Mathematics), H2 Chemistry certainly appeals to many during the subject selection phase. Practically every Science stream student takes H2 Chemistry, unless they are one of the few who decided to replace Chemistry with Further Math or Computing.

This appeal, however, often does not last throughout the year. During the Promotional Exams period, it is common to hear complaints such as “I should have fled to the hybrid stream” or “What was I thinking when I decided to take H2?”

So, is it truly worth it to take Chemistry at the H2 level?

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Overwhelmed by the Future

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Tay Yu Ning (23S06E) and Wang Yujie (23S06H, Peer Helper)
Cover image by Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

“Everyone tells me that I have to put myself out there to get experience because I need to join the workforce and choose my career. But I am so overwhelmed that I can’t think of what I want to be anymore…”

Future Forager

Dear Future Forager,

For some, especially those who know very clearly what they want to do in life, thinking about the future can be exciting. Yet for many others, thinking about the future can be very stressful. It is natural and understandable to feel overwhelmed by the future, especially as we inch closer towards adulthood. 

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Guiding Lights: A Look into the Raffles Guidance Centre

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By Claire Jow (23A01B), Raphael Niu (23A01A) and Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

As much as we might prefer to coast through life brushing mental health struggles under the carpet, it has become increasingly apparent that mental health struggles are a pressing issue, particularly in a stressful environment such as RI. For some of us, even tasks deemed as “simple” such as going to class or finishing a homework assignment can be considered to be a huge victory. 

This is where the Raffles Guidance Centre (RGC) comes in, helping students who struggle  with problems from device issues to family relationships survive and thrive in life. 

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Interesting Hobbies: A Collection of Collectors

Reading Time: 8 minutes

By Hsiao Jia Ying (23A01C), Natalie Tan (23A01B), and Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

When asked about how they spend their free time, the average RI student would probably respond with: “I play video games!”, “I listen to music!”, or even the very sad, “I’m behind on lectures so I have no free time”. But for Randall Neo (23A01E), his hobby is collecting vinyls. Every once in a while, he goes down to the vinyl store to flip through their vinyls, before picking out just one or two that he likes. 

Randall is but one of several students in RI who have the uncommon hobby of collecting unconventional items. 

From empty bubble tea cups to bus memorabilia and twentieth-century-pressed vinyls, these students’ hobbies have allowed them to discover a new side to themselves as well as connect with others having similar interests. 

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