Category: School Life

RSS Mental Health Strand 2021

By Elizabeth Paulyn Gostelow (21A01B) and Max Chwa (21A01B)

One thing’s clear: everyone needs a breather from JC life.  

The pandemic’s impact extends far beyond the physical realm. How many more online classes, cancelled CCA sessions and shortened MEP curriculums can one student take? The lack of social interaction in our schedules has undoubtedly had detrimental effects on our mental health. Avenues for relieving stress—from movie watch parties at the Shaw Foundation Library to visiting My Rest Space (MRS)—have been closed off, leaving Rafflesians with a sense of choicelessness and entrapment.   

But enough of bemoaning such downers. The Raffles Science Symposium’s Mental Health Strand is here to help students grapple with these issues!

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To Students’ Council, With Love

By Faith Ho (22A01A), Mei Feifei (22A13A), and Sophie Goh (22S07B)

Dear RI Students’ Council, 

To be honest, your elections are a little strange.

Every April, Rafflesians’ Instagram feeds are suddenly flooded with red/green/blue/yellow/purple-themed accounts masquerading under tags—some combination of letters and numbers indecipherable to any non-Rafflesian. We start getting bombarded with buzzwords like “servant leadership”, “voice” and “change”, colourful canteen boards (which really deserve more attention), and the unspoken cry of VOTE ME. Online challenges and speeches blow past like a whirlwind, and before we know it, we’re about to witness the investiture of RI’s 41st Students’ Council.

So we come to the question: how effective exactly is Council campaigning? 

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Homes Away from Home—Places of Significance in EJC and RI

This was written in collaboration with EJC Press as part of Issue 2 of Cross Island Impressions, an inter-JC Press collaboration. You can read Issue 2 here.

By Elizabeth Paulyn Gostelow (21A01B; RI), Ray Lim (21A13A; RI), Jovan Lim (20-U1; EJC), and Leia Ong (20-O5; EJC)

The rustling of pages and the occasional whirring of printers. Perpetual chatter and laughter characteristic of the canteen. Pounding music and enthusiastic voices in rehearsal, heard from a mile away. Gusts of wind whooshing over benches of students hunched over their work. 

Regardless of the school we hail from—Eunoia Junior College (EJC) or Raffles Institution (RI)—certain sights and sounds are not just incredibly distinctive, but are also genuine trademarks of our day-to-day lives as students. 

Have you ever wondered about what campus life is like in EJC and RI? In this article, writers from these adjacent schools rediscover eleven places of significance in our beloved campuses—our homes away from home. Read on to find out what makes these seemingly innocuous places so unique, vibrant, and above all, indispensable to our student lives.

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An EJ-RI Opinion: Is Blended Learning Helpful?

This was written in collaboration with EJC Press as part of Issue 2 of Cross Island Impressions, an inter-JC Press collaboration. You can read Issue 2 here.

By Sara Chia (21S03G; RI), Koo ii (21S05A; RI), Soh Iwin (20-E5; EJC), Ng Teck Zhong (20-E5; EJC) 

If you told us last year that Home Based Learning would become the norm, we would not have taken you seriously.

Alas, now that we have gotten all too familiar with online learning provisions, what do Eunoians and Rafflesians think about the new arrangements for 2021? 

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Writers’ Guild Anthology ’20: [lacuna]

By Clarice Tan (21A01C), Neo Xin Yuan (21A01D) and Tan Yu You (21S03H)
Photos courtesy of Writers’ Guild

The space between two words on a page. The one-metre social distancing gap. The gaps in history and governance. These are just some manifestations of lacuna, the theme of the Writers’ Guild Anthology ’20.

The word itself has an aesthetic appeal reminiscent of dreamy lunar imagery. In truth, the dictionary definition of lacuna is simple: a blank space or a missing part. A gap. But it is the beautiful simplicity of the word that made the wondrous interpretations compiled in this anthology possible.

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