The Complete Collegiate Guide to Weddings.


Ever experienced an awkward encounter at a wedding where you were forced into a conversation with a weird relative or with an aunt you didn’t even know you were related to?

When the sense of awkwardness heightens, you don’t know anyone there and everyone simultaneously gets on their phones just to steer away from it all? No bulletproof plan can save you from the horror that awaits.

I’m not one to judge, I myself, have been part of countless awkward interactions but at some point, you have no choice but to push through it. When you go to a wedding, you’ll meet some interesting people.

Like the aunties and uncles who have no boundaries whatsoever and will bombard you with questions about anything and everything that goes on in your life such as “Boy you got girlfriend ah?” or “What’s your SPM results?”, even if you have already told them before that you graduated 2 years ago.

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Interracial 101: What Not to Say


Racially ambiguous. Ethnically mysterious. Curiously racialized.

These are the terms used nowadays to refer or explain interracial. To be specific, interracial is a combination of two or more races.

As an interracial myself—Malay mixed with Indian, by the way—I know that navigating through life can be confusing. Life is already difficult on its own, without outside factors contributing in, such as racism. Living as an interracial can also get tiring when these curious non-interracial tend to ask you the same question every single time.

To the non-interracial, I know that meeting an interracial for the first time can be quite an experience and you’d have lots of questions running through your head as your curiosity gets the best of you. It’s totally okay, trust me. And it’s not your fault that you have all these questions. We understand that your questions don’t come from hatred but rather lack of understanding.

But, sometimes, we interracial just get tired of listening to the same question every single time and having to explain it repeatedly.

Take a read at the curiosities that we interracial usually get asked with and hopefully some of them can answer yours.

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Thoughts and Answers on Suicide and Bullying.


I am sure you all have heard about the TV show ‘13 Reasons Why’, a story that revolves around a girl whom committed suicide. Being bullied was one of the many reasons why she did it.

So, I asked myself, how far can someone go to the point where the victim takes their own life?

“Would everyone’s lives be better off without me?” A question you don’t normally hear first-hand. Sometimes we don’t see it coming like it’s completely out of the norm to hear such things happen. We say things like “Why would they do that to themselves?” or “Don’t they love themselves and the people around them enough?”

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Opinion: Friendship

IMG-20170418-WA0043Friendship plays a huge part in our lives, isn’t it? How huge could it get?

Every single human being needs at least one friend by their side; Nowadays’ generation has become broader that everyone has friends even from overseas. Technology has taken over everything now that we can’t even go a day without talking to at least one person.

Precisely, the actual meaning of friendship is a state of mutual trust and support between allied nations or simply the relationship between friends is called friendship but let’s be practical guys.

What is true friendship anyway? Having someone you’ll greet everyday forcefully, could that be considered as a friendship? NOPE! True friendship has a deep meaning.

Let’s all get sink deeper into this topic since it might be harrowing yet not forgetting that it might as well reveal out the tremendous sides of friendship.

A true friendship is when someone knows you better than yourself and grabs a vital spot in your heart. You clearly wouldn’t doubt yourself when it comes to sharing your personal issues with them, or expecting them to keep something to themselves about you.

An ice cream date with my best friend

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Money Talks and Mine Keeps Saying Goodbye


Keep track of your expenses!

How many times have you ever had to starve yourself because your bank account balance shows ‘RM3.15’? How many times have you ever had to resort to Maggi cup because of the same reason? How many times have you responded with, “Never mind lah, I’m not hungry” when your friends invited you for lunch?

If your answer is that this has happened more than once, then you should probably give this a read.

Independence is one of the key terms related when you think of college. It is also synonymous with young adults holding a bigger responsibility when it comes to managing your own money—now that mum and dad’s wallet are out of reach.

As a student, your focus is to study and live while you’re young, but if you fail to give enough attention to how you spend your money, you might be facing more difficulties than just worrying about the pile of assignments that just keeps adding on.

Whether it be you never paid that much attention to your monthly grocery expenditure or how much those Starbucks coffee runs cost you, you know you need help with managing money.

By establishing a good finance habit and keeping a finance checklist, you could teach yourself on how to save money because a little planning goes a long way.

If I still haven’t bore you to death, continue reading if you’re interested to know the tips on how to save and manage money as a college student.

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Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect!

Ever had the feeling of being tired after a long class but you can’t go home because you have another class coming up in an hour? Or a quiet place with a chill surrounding as a place to study? A place to hangout with your friends perhaps? Maybe even a place to grab a quick bite before you get to your next class?

Fear no more and head on over to INTI’s very own Refresh, Recharge & Reconnect Room for your daily dose of relaxation. Split into three sections, the Refresh area is where you can fill your empty tummies with delicious patisserie and thirst quenching drinks without burning a hole in your pocket.



Some doodling found at the side


Where the tastiness is made

Opened from 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m only on weekdays, the air-conditioned and fully furnished Recharge area is available to be used for you to rest up in their cozy hammocks as well as their comfortable napping couches. Not only will you be able to recharge your energy, you can also bring some of your friends along to chill out.



But, let’s be honest, you would want to be alone when you’re trying to recharge, am I right?

Here’s a place where you can definitely tag your friends along; the Reconnect area! With the same timing as the Recharge area, it is also an air-conditioned room, furnished with comfy cushions and couches. Definitely a go-to place as a hangout spot.

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Some of you may be thinking, “Why have I never heard of this place before?

Here’s a little background info; the Refresh, Recharge & Reconnect Room used to be an empty blob of space before it was glammed up back in 2016 to become this masterpiece. You guys may have seen some renovation works happening around the area and may be annoyed by it, especially if you had classes in Block G because it was disturbing your studies. Looking at it now, wasn’t it definitely worth all the fuss?

Where is this heaven in INTI, you might ask? It’s located at Level 1 & 2, Block F, which is also known as the Metro Block.

So, why are you still reading this? Go on ahead and check the place out!

Written by Nabilah Rahim

Stay Local? Or Is It Greener on The Other Side?


Admit it; before you decide on the next phase of your life, this is one of the main questions that you’ve asked yourself repeatedly throughout the process. You’ve weighed out the pros and cons, you’ve seek for advice from family members, teachers/lecturers, and even educational counselors. But somehow, you’re still unable to figure out the perfect choice for your own future.

Just like coins, there’s going to be two sides in everything, including this matter. It’s true, studying local does have a lot of pros rather than cons. But, if you look at the future benefits that studying abroad will give to you in the long run, it’s going to overpower most of the cons.

Not sure what these benefits are? Keep on reading!

  1. Explore


One of the biggest reasons why studying abroad is beneficial for us is because of the opportunity of getting to see the world. You’ll be stepped out of your comfort zone and enter a brand-new country. Imagine all the new culture you’re going to learn and all the new interesting people that you’re going to meet. You’ll also be able to gain more knowledge on these countries rather than just knowing about it through textbooks or through the articles you read.

Also, by studying abroad, you’re not tied to just that one state you’re studying at. Imagine yourself studying at one of the best universities in California. You won’t just be limited to exploring California but on your semester breaks, you could go and get yourself an adventure at neighbouring states such as Mexico or Texas or even Colorado.

How this is going to benefit you in the long run other than gaining yourself all these new memories and adventures? Well, that’s exactly what most employers look for. The fact that you’ve gotten all these experiences and knowledge from your adventures will not only be beneficial for your own personal uses but also for the company, because it shows that you’ve got a sense of maturity, discipline and can be reliable.

2. New Everything

The possibilities are that when you decide to study abroad, it’s the first time you’ll be leaving your home country. So, when you arrive at this new country that you’ve never been in, you’re definitely going to be amazed with all these new cultures, new food, new customs, new traditions, and even new social environment. Everything is going new for you.
From being in these new country, having these new friends and gaining all these new knowledge as well as having a better understanding and insight on another’s culture and religion, you’ll have a better appreciation for other cultures as well as your own. This will also give you an opportunity to see life in a different light.
This can be beneficial in the long run in terms of when you get a job and you’ll be given a task that includes international relations. Instead of just relying heavily on research that you’ve done online, the fact that you’ve experienced it will be a useful tool and can be a big help.

3. Upgrade Language Skills


 Chances are if you study overseas, one of the major benefits is that you’ll be able to study a foreign language. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to be exposed to these new knowledge.

Imagine studying somewhere in the UK, which happens to be an English-speaking country. Your only option is to just speak in English. No matter how bad you think your English is, being in this foreign country can really help to improve your language skills over the year. And just because you’re studying in an English-speaking based country, does not mean you won’t be able to pick up other languages as well. Chances are you’ll meet fellow international students, you can gain those other language skills from these new friends.

Again, same situation, when you get to the working world and is given the task where international relation is involved, being able to speak multiple language is a huge plus for you and your company.

4. Networking

 Picture4No matter where you go, you’re always going to meet new people. Studying in a university will you expose to people from various countries which holds various cultures. Studying abroad will increase the chances of meeting more international people. And from there, you can start to build your social network and gain all these new friends, who could turn out to be helpful in the future.

Words are that the coursework for the universities abroad are lighter than the coursework for the universities in Asia. Take the extra time off to go and intern at a company, get a part-time job, or do some volunteer work. These methods can help you to gain professional connections.

Coming back to your home country with a whole lot of connections is definitely going to be beneficial. Having all these connections will help you once you have a job later on. You never know if that girl you worked part-time with now hold a high-ranked position in a muti-billionaire company.


There’s a lot more benefits to it rather than just these four. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to you whether you want to continue abroad or stay local. If you’re still having difficulties in making decisions, don’t hesitate to ask your educational counsellor or even just an opinion from a friend.


Written By,

Siti Nabilah, Student Ink INTI.

Being Yourself

Is The Best


I believe that being who you are is the way to live life. To begin with, if you are different person whenever you are with different group of people nobody will know who you really are. Its not bad being yourself, you don’t have to change who you are to fit yourself in society. Even if people don’t like the way you are or your personality then they are not the people who you should be socializing with but if your attitude is really bad and people come up to you and point them out then maybe you should reconsider.

Some how over the rainbow there will be people who can accept you for who you are but it all depends on how good or bad the situation is. This is why I say that being yourself is the best. However, do not run away from your problems putting on a happy mask when you are sad or depressed is just you trying to avoid things and may make things worst, it may be good but sometimes there are people who would want to help you out.  So all I just want to say is believe in yourself and enjoy life because life is like a roller coaster with all its ups and downs so live every second of it. Before I sign off, I’m Alyssa Sta Maria the new Division Head of Student Ink INTI. What is there to know about me? First I like being who I am also I’m an approachable person even if I may not look like it. Hanging out, listening to music especially my favorite genre Korean pop, dancing and lastly writing is what I do most of my free time. One more thing, I also would want you all to anticipate the new batch of creative and amazing writers for student ink which will be working along with me and soon to be revealed.



In addition, I would like to introduce to you all the new committee members of the Mass Communication Society 2017/2018. I anticipate that this new batch of committee members will be able to make this club an exciting club yet a club that makes people wonder what’s coming up for them. The committee members are people who are wonderful, easy to work with and are like a family. Therefore, this also leads us committee members to make Mass Communication Society(MCS) not only a club where students can commit themselves just for co- curricular points and to fill in free time but to make this society into a family like club that once you are a MCS member, you’ll always be a MCS member. Last but not the least, I would like to thank all the past ex committee members who kept MCS going till today. If I had not found out about this club my college life wouldn’t be as fun and crazy as it is now.

That is all, I hope you enjoyed reading this and there will be more to come.


                                      -Alyssa Sta Maria

Student Ink Inti Editor