More Than Just a Name-Change

story  | Mathias Ooi, Contributing Reporter photo | Peh Yilin, Contributing Photographer   With the beginning of the new academic year, the Yale-NUS College Wellness Centre has been re-branded as “Wellness Initiatives” and “Counseling Centre”. Once grouped under the Wellness Centre along with other services like athletics and health, the Yale-NUS counseling team has since […]

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Halcyon stares out into the distance, contemplating if Yale-NUS's best days are ahead.

Halcyon Days Ahead

story | Pericles Lewis, Guest Contributor I am writing out of concern about a couple of recent pieces in the Octant in which students expressed frustration with the way the College is run. The College staff, faculty, and I all accept the role of students in expressing their views on matters of concern to the […]

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Demystifying Leave of Absence

story | Regina Marie Lee, Staff Reporter photo | Yang Xuerui Recent events have fixed the spotlight on wellness at Yale-NUS College. Students have raised concerns about wellness support offered by the Dean of Students (DOS) Office, as well as a school culture that prizes busyness. For those who struggle, taking a Leave of Absence […]

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The Narratives of Our Lives

From second hand information, I knew that he took a Leave of Absence (LOA) because he was clinically depressed. He did so after I had gone to Japan, and I didn’t find out until I came back to school. When I met him again a year later, I realized we were in the same boat of needing to catch up with work in school. That was the consensus we had while I steeled my resolve to get down to work.

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The Yale-NUS Culture of Busyness

story | Gabe Ibasco, contributing reporter photo | Rachel Juay In the residential college elevators, students can be found tinkering with their phones—despite the complete lack of connectivity—or mindlessly re-reading walls of posters to avoid awkward eye contact with their fellow lift-riders. Nonetheless, the standard question of courtesy occasionally punctuates the elevator silence: “How are […]

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The Ones Who Aren’t There

story Roshan Singh, Guest Columnist | illustration by Roger Ko Illness is a tricky subject to talk about, much less write about. However, over the past year, I’ve learned there is a silent body in our community for whom this subject is one of the most pressing issues of their day-to-day life. Some of these individuals, whose […]

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An Official Start to Peer Counseling

story Annie Wang, Contributing Reporter Students seeking an alternative to our on-campus counselors now have the option of turning to a friend when in need. Starting Aug. 31, P.S. We Care, a peer support student organization at Yale-NUS College, began providing peer counseling sessions every weeknight. Students’ opinions remain divided on this new service. P.S. We […]

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