Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset

Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Cracking the Friend Code

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By Faith Wan (23S02B) 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.

How do you tell if a friend is trustworthy/suitable to be counted upon as part of your support system? 

Doubtful Douglas

Dear Doubtful Douglas,

Navigating friendships can be quite a tricky affair, especially in JC, where you may have been thrown into situations with unfamiliar faces. 

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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: Lobbying Your Allies

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) 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. 

What to do if I feel like my teammates are not as invested in our project as me? We have a tight schedule yet they ignore me when I say I want to get started on planning concrete and only focus on their vision… What should I do? I can’t do everything by myself.

Diligent Dylan

Dear Diligent Dylan, 

Picture this: You are on a battlefield with the enemy frontlines (the deadline) approaching. You tirelessly fend off the enemies (progress with the project) with all your might. You look to your comrades (teammates) and see them… partying?

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Aunt Agony and Uncle Upset: Enduring Raja Block Stairs

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Aiko Yeo (23A01B) and Justin Cheong (23A01C, Peer Helper)

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. 

No cuz why does 7th floor of raja block exist??? Every morning, you have to venture into the faraway land that is the Y1-4 Campus. THEN, you have to climb 7*2=14 flights of stairs. Each flight of stairs have 12 steps! We have no business climbing 12*14= 168 steps at EIGHT IN THE MORNING 😤 Not to mention having to carry ~30 (science class things) lecture notes up 7 floors and we aren’t even allowed to use the lift!

Frustrated Frank

Dear Frustrated Frank,

We completely understand how you feel. As a former Y1-4 student, one of us also had to experience the pain of having to make the daily pilgrimage up to his classroom on the sixth floor for a year. Be it Raja Block or any other block in school, every one of us has to face the dreaded flights of stairs every single morning, hauling our sleep-deprived bodies up seven stories right when we’re at our weakest mentally and physically. 

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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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