Stopping the struggle

Welcome back to term 3! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on the blog and this particular video is something that I’ve bookmarked for awhile to post on the blog one day. So here it is! I suppose some of you might have already gone ahead and click the ‘play’ button without bothering to…

Multiplying our misery

It’s week 7 of Term 2 and alas, the end of the term is not quite there yet. At least not close enough for me to feel like I can reach my fingers out and just touch it. Are you in misery yet? It seems that a lot of the students I have been seeing…

What makes you happy?

I ask that question sometimes of students, what makes you happy? Often in my conversations with students, I hear ALOT about what makes them sad, angry, disappointed, betrayed, isolated, helpless etc etc. Without discounting their difficult thoughts and feelings, a curiosity often pops up in my mind – if these problems were magically no longer…

Why are we so afraid to fail?

So I’ve been stuck with writer’s block for awhile now and wondering what rosy and cheery topic I’m gonna write about next, and decided that with semester exam round the corner and JC1 students already sitting for CA tests, why not write about our collective fear of failure? I know, VERY rosy and cheery right?…

Valentine’s Day…meh

Happy Valentine’s Day! My God, what has come over me? The valentine’s Grinch spewing forth the three words I most loath to hear every year on 14th February. This morning when I walked into the GO, Mdm Hali said in her usual bright and cheery tone ‘Happy Valentine’s Day!’ and I literally said, ‘meh…whatever’. I…

Myths of happiness

I’ve left off this blog for like forever. Been really swamped (or is it swarmed) or maybe both, for the past few weeks or so. I was so stressed yesterday (yes, counsellors can be stressed too you know) I had to go off and have a frozen yogurt with lots of chocolate sauce on top…

How to wake up at 4.30am and feel invincible

Okay, I’m just gonna cut to the chase today: I woke up at 4.30am this morning and I’m feeling invincible.  It all started with this video. No actually, it started with me not having slept super well since I came back from Nepal. Many of you know that I sleep really early, and sometimes I…

What’s your driving force?

Hello Hello!! Again. That’s part of my job really. To keep saying hello to students exuberantly and shamelessly even when you stare back at me with dead fish eyes. It was nice seeing the entire cohort of the JC2s – was it just yesterday? Is it me, or does this week feel like it’s absolutely…

7 Ways to Cope with Bad News

I know this is like a morbid sorta title, especially given that you will be receiving your overall promotional results today but I’m hoping that this will be timely and helpful in a small way. The truth is that alot of you would probably have experienced receiving some bad news or other in your life…

“I just blank out!” – Exam Anxiety

It’s the week of the Promos! Time super flies. Hmm…please do not mimic the grammatical syntax of that phrase in your exams. This post applies for everyone I suppose…whether you’re in the thick of promotional exams or counting down to your first A level paper on 6th November! I probably should have written about exam…