Studies & NS

Back to school? 5 ways to make the most of a fresh start

From a young age, I’ve always loved the start of a new school year for a few… frivolous reasons. It meant that I had an excuse to change my school bag or shoes, if I persuaded my parents...

Mental Health

Remembering RVHS: Will more of our young people come forward to be heard and healed?

A year ago, tragedy struck River Valley High School when a 16-year-old boy carried a weapon and allegedly took the life of another boy in that community. As someone close to a number of students in...

#PublishPeace

Evangelism: Youths tell us troubles and triumphs in sharing Christ on campus

Earlier this year, One For Jesus held a conversation with youths on what it means to share the Gospel in schools. The conversation featured young guests from various school-based evangelistic...

Church Life

Feeling unheard in my church, I’m thinking of leaving

Having been treated unkindly by my peers, I made the difficult decision in my teens to leave my previous church. As a third-generation believer, I was in search for a fresh start.  My secondary...

Mental Health

Navigating choppy waters: An athlete’s battle with anxiety

When I was growing up, my mum put a lot of pressure on me, being the first-born and all. I guess that made me feel like she was a tiger mum. There were a lot of things in my life, like piano and...

Real Life, Real People

Once ostracised and feeling like a failure, one defining moment changed my life

TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains material about suicidal thoughts and a suicide attempt that some may find distressing. Growing up, I helped my mother collect cardboard boxes to sell after school...

University

Winding pathways: 3 unconventional journeys to university

“Uncle” Bryan: Entering university at 28 Hello, my name is Bryan. I am a Year 2 Business student in the National University of Singapore. You must be wondering why I ended up in...

Post-secondary

Dear JC student, I know life is tough…

Dear JC Student, Let’s be real — Junior College (JC) is really tough. From the moment you step into school, teachers start reminding you of the daunting examination ahead of you: The A-Levels....

Secondary

“Since I’m alive, I will do my best”: 14-year-old student with myopathy

Emmanuel was nine when he was first diagnosed with myopathy, an incurable condition that affects muscle growth. Ever since then, he has had difficulty being active; even sitting down for too long can...