The Complete Collegiate Guide to Weddings.

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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

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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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Dear Sarah, How do I get through all these assignments?

Dear Sarah is an advice Q&A column open to all INTI Students! Ask Sarah now at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/TGla6ZxCblxSDMkg1

Disclaimer: This article was written early in February but was not published in time. We apologise for the lateness of this article… (but it can always be CNY in our hearts, right?)

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Assignments, consignments, both also need to deliver right? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one struggling with short sem:

Dear Sarah,

How do I manage my time with assignments and holiday for this upcoming CNY break? – Q

 

Dear Q,

We all know CNY can be one of the busiest times of your life, whether you’re in the kitchen helping out or being a zombie in the living room. Not to mention the auntie uncles that keep asking the same questions:

Eat too much, fat ady! Eat too little, thin ady! Why you no boyfriend? When you graduate? What course you doing? (eh auntie pls, told you 100 times ady ok)

But don’t worry ok? Sarah will not be writing to you unless she has the solution. Simply stuff your auntie uncle with pineapple tarts and prawn crackers, then you can do your assignments in peace and serenity…

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Here are some tips on organising your busy, busy schedules:

  • The most plain but effective way is to keep and follow your timetable. Once you obey your timetable daily, it will turn into a routine and finishing your tasks would be a piece of cake.
  • Always keep lists to keep yourself informed or keep track with stuff that you’ve done. (it can be to do lists or lists on quotes to keep you going and motivated). You can always plan your day as the day goes, that’s why your phone has the reminder app!
  • Always, always PRIORITISE!!!! A tip that I learned back in high school from a teacher was she would advise us to get a piece of paper and split it into four sections. Labelling them as most important (need), important (need), average (want) and not a priority (want). But, of course, you can always label them however you want.

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Letter from the Editor: CNY Edition

Good morning readers, I’ll assume most of you are already celebrating the year of the Rooster in your homes and surrounded by family. For those who are not, I express my regrets. Seriously though, pick up some cookies and start celebrating.

I have a chicken joke for you: Knock Knock, who’s there? Cockadoodle. Cockadoodle who? Actually it’s cockadoodle-doo. Congratulations, you’re a failed chicken.

This Chicken New Year, spread some joy with the good news that we may soon be joined by some new ra- I mean faces this festive season. While Trump is clamping down hard on immigration policies, our pro-Rohingya administrator will be more than happy to accommodate the surplus.

Speaking of surplus, the new multi-million ringgit, multilevel carpark in SS15 is scheduled for completion on May 7th this year, and no sooner. Good riddance to double-parkers. It is expected to charge the same amount as the roadside parking meters, which is great. I once paid RM25 to park at Asia Cafe’s parking, and I’m never parking there again.

We have some special upcoming articles from our Food & Budgeting team to commemorate the Year of the Rooster here on Student Ink, do look out for it next week. In the meantime, enjoy your holidays and best wishes from the Student Ink team, and me, your faithful Editor.

Ask Siti! Our new advice column for the socially inept.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re at a party where you don’t know anyone, and the friend who came with you has disappeared into thin air. Don’t start freaking out!

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Welcome to Kampung Awkward. Population: You

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Student Ink is launching a new advice column called ‘Ask Siti’, where you can ask Siti anything at all! Siti will give you advice on how to make friends, form relationships, get stuff done, or even how to raise your self esteem!

You can submit your question to Siti at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/XvK7lVS4mEKPlTWX2

Letter from the Editor: Student Ink 2017

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants 

-Isaac Newton

Student Ink takes a stride into the beginning of yet another year, under new leadership.

It is with much fanfare that I hope to introduce to our current, and future audiences the exciting changes that are in this upcoming quarter:

First of all, simplification. From an initial 162 categories, we’ve slimmed down to just 5 important sections. This grants us the opportunity to refine, as well as improve ourselves as writers, and to benefit our readers with greater ease of mind while browsing. These sections are: Clubs & Societies, Editorial, Food & Budgeting, Social Events & Gatherings, and Student Welfare/Campus Life.

Secondly, a credible publication must have credible sources. With fake news on the rise, it is ever more critical to establish a network of trusted and reliable providers to give validity to the information we publish. It is my wish to maintain healthy relations with our channels and therefore establish our role as the dominant news outlet on campus.

Third, Twitter and Instagram and important avenues to explore for local as well as international reporting. Several years ago this would have been taken as a joke, but today every major news outlet understands the importance of following Twitter, where breaking news can happen at any moment. Instagram is still up and coming compared to Twitter, but is a popular tool among millennials and youth which cannot be underestimated. Social influencers on Instagram are already the prime targets of advertising agencies and marketing departments due to their high visibility.

Finally, I hope to pay respect to work of previous editors (Nelson Lim, Kelly Anissa, Izzat Tham, and Daniel Ibanez Lau), as well as that of the writers whom have made a significant contribution to the growing body of work that is Student Ink in its entirety. In my post as Director of Editorial for Student Ink, I hope to build on this existing legacy, as well as to make my own contribution to the history and culture of our campus at INTI International Colleges Subang.

 

 

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Viktor, Editor of Student Ink