Thursday, June 17, 2021

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YNC Musings

A Letter To My Future Self

"Life is uncertain and unpredictable, but there is so much more to come. College is not a finish line—just another beginning."

two halves of a school 

Chloe's poem explores everything it means to be Yale-NUS

From Down Atrocious to Up Good: A Case Study on Dumpster-Fire Vibes Reduction

Our former managing editor Harrison returns with a heartfelt reflection on the highs and lows of his time at Yale-NUS

I am once again asking you for heart-to-heart education in these difficult and unprecedented times.

Why do “face-to-face” classes matter when, in fact, we see each other’s faces over Zoom as well? In this piece, Luis contemplates the value of in-person classes and makes a case for heart-to-heart education.

Living on Love Island

Before Valentine's Day ends, read Elle's musings about the TV show Love Island, romance, and that dreamy wait for 'the one'.

The Joys and Sorrows of Waiting

How does it feel like to be stranded overseas while one’s peers have started their semester? As one of the several international students unable to secure entry approval, Shikhar muses on his mixed feelings about the ongoing, long-winded journey back to the college.

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side: Missing Yale-NUS While on Exchange

story | Chloe Lim When I first came to Yale-NUS College, I was ready to leave. Yale-NUS was not my “dream school”; the new “hippie” liberal...

We’ve got a minute

But when the world looks on waiting for us to belly-flop headfirst into the great unknown and make it up as we go, who wouldn’t want some predictability? Vrinda muses about the unpredictable end of her college experience.

Unpacking My Closet

There is something melancholic about it though, the Hockney on the wall. All I am left to behold is the white spray—not the spring of the body, not the goggled boy in a swimming cap. Even the yellow diving board is motionless. 

Nihilism or Enlightenment? My Journey to Understanding the Point of Critical Thinking

There is a thin line between Nihilism and Enlightenment. Jan talks about his experiences navigating this boundary.

The Incomplete Yale-NUS Story

Perhaps it is okay to simply acknowledge that I had a good time here, made good memories, learnt important lessons about myself, and developed some nice skills, without having to fit that into a clean narrative arc.

CHANGE: Chances to Have A New Great Experience

Ting Qi muses on the nature of change in our final article for our Kingfishers Connect Issue. "By letting go of my stuffed toys, maybe I’ll finally have space to develop new skills by replacing them with a drum set, or perhaps another bookshelf."

RCA: Really Crazy Adventure

For our graduation issue, Wei Han reflects on his time as an Residential College Advisor (RCA).

Ithaca, or the Long Way Home

“We seem to be in a rich cultural vein for endings at the moment, endgames to wars waged infinity and uneasy iron thrones threatening to be filled. Where conclusions can easily be undone with endless prequels, spinoffs and retcons, where do we begin to get the sense of an ending after four breathless years?” With graduation looming, Zhi Hao reflects on his journey home.

You Change Your Mind Like a Yale-NUS Student Changes Majors

It is perfectly acceptable to be unsure of your choice in major after the major declaration exercise in Year 2 Semester 2, but right before graduation? Paul talks about the endless what-ifs that plague his decision despite having had an invaluable experience with his major.

Truth is…

At Yale-NUS it’s almost a rite of passage to freak out about how well your friend seems to be holding up when you’re shivering inside. Truth is, we’re all going along a journey in our own time own pace. Be brave and own it. You’ll get there when you do. Numhom reflects “I want to be honest with you about mine.”

I Don’t Feel Like Going Home

“Now that I’m back and almost done with my final year, I do not want to go home. I want to spend every minute here until security waits at the door for me to pack my bags. It is an almost cruel irony to think at the moment I most want to stay here that this space will be gone.” For our Graduation Issue, Justin meditates on home: the one he has built here, and the one he will return to when he graduates.

The Spaces In-Between

“The butteries, courtyards, and sky gardens have given me a repository of memories and experiences that have answered an existential question, and will continue to do so whenever I travel from the familiar to the unfamiliar.” For our Graduation Issue, Chris tells the Class of 2019 what the ‘in-between’ spaces of Yale-NUS taught him about community and belonging.

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