Welcome to J̶a̶p̶a̶n̶ Singapore — A Look At How Japanese Franchising Affects Homesickness

story | Rhyhan Astha, Contributing Reporter photo | Rhyhan Astha, Contributing Reporter   Singapore’s open arms towards people from other countries have allowed it to become the exemplary multicultural country that it is today. Yale-NUS College exemplifies this; international students make up 40% of the student body. For these international students, Singaporean culture might be a […]

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Lessons Learned

story | Dave Chappell, Executive Editor photo | Dave Chappell   What lesson do you wish you had known in your first year, when you started college?   Timothy Goh ’18: “I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt is that none of this will last forever, and that that’s alright because it wasn’t […]

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College and Married

story | Amanda Leong, Editor photo | Evan Ma, Guest Photographer   I never believed that soulmates existed until I met Dave Chappell ’18 and Vicky Chappell ’18. This time around, the interview was held at Café Agora in the late morning, right after Valentine’s Day.   Perhaps this day was emblematic of how Dave […]

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

story | Chia Jie Lin, Contributing Reporter photo | Peh Yi Lin, Staff Photographer   Conversations at Yale-NUS College are often dominated by outspoken students who are prominently involved in worthy pursuits such as student welfare and activism–like LGBTQ and environmental issues. Yet I often wonder: where do the experiences and voices of the Yale-NUS […]

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100th Issue Special

Editor’s Note   Dear Reader, This celebration of our 100th issue might not have happened, if not for a lucky, innocent question I asked in what feels like an eternity ago. In an old WhatsApp group conversation, I had asked Dave Chappell ’18, then Editor-in-Chief, on the number of issues The Octant had published up […]

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Uh My Hobby is Theater, I Guess?

story | Jo-Ann Heng, Guest Reporter photo | (aside) Ed: This article is the first of a series of articles featuring student organizations and their activities in Yale-NUS, contributed by Yale-NUS students outside of The Octant. We hope to make these passions contagious, tapping into students’ knowledge and expertise on the unique causes represented by […]

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