Communicating Sociology

Category: Life

A Future Of Automation

Automation and its effects have fascinated me ever since I came across the concept years ago. I saw gradual implementation of technology across the various sectors over the years. In the early 2010s, I worked as a Corporate Customer Service Executive for a local telco. 313@Somerset was a usual lunchtime haunt. One day, I spotted several touchscreen machines in a Yoshinoya outlet.

It was right there and then, I told myself that we would see touchscreen machines in fast food restaurant across the nation.

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Why Study Sociology With Communication At SUSS?

Over the years, people have told me to get a degree. I resisted because I did not have the money yet to pay for my own part-time studies. Shortly after finishing my two years of national service, my Dad wanted to pay for my studies but I declined. I knew then that I would have wasted his money because I just did not have the heart for it. I was also incredibly lazy. I still am, to a large degree (ha ha ha).

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Hi Mum! I’m featured on SUSS!

A close pal (SJ) nominated me to be featured on SUSS’s #HumansOfSUSS campaign about a month ago. I said okay. So, here I am! I am honoured to be chosen. Shoutout to SJ for the nomination, and SUSS for the feature!

#HumansOfSUSS: “What is my idea of fun? Reading. I derive immense pleasure from it since I get to learn too. I can read…

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#HumansOfSUSS: “What is my idea of fun? Reading. I derive immense pleasure from it since I get to learn too. I can read at my own time and pace. There is nothing like reading a piece of work so articulate, precise, and careful that you see what the author paints with mere words. Furthermore, in an era of unprecedented access to (free) knowledge, fun is just one tap away. . If I could go back in time and give my younger self advice, what would it be? Three things – work harder, read more and be open to learning new things! There are lessons to be learned everywhere. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes even as you learn from the mistakes of others. Choose to be a jack of all trades, but master of one. . I look up to my mother who has shaped my being and imparted countless lessons to me in an era without rulebooks, guides, or tutorials. She taught me to be early when meeting people. If you honour the other person’s time, you will be early. Being early also shows commitment to all parties. . Yeo Wei Yong is a Sociology with Communication student who is also leading a team of Sign Language Interpreters and Notetakers at The Singapore Association for the Deaf. He leads the Communication Access section under the Deaf Access Services (DAS) department to meet the communication access needs of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community. . . . #SUSSG #singaporelife #singapore #education #socialsciences #higherlearning #lifelonglearning #universitylife #reading #read #books #communication #sociology

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Mum Knows Better

My mother is the strongest woman I know.

She did all household chores and ran the house like clockwork. My mother ensured my father, sister and I had fresh supplies of clothes everyday, rain or shine. She was a splendid cook too.

Throughout the years, she taught us to do certain things. Sometimes, she instructed us. Other times, she would nag. “Don’t do that”, she would say. And I would do just that, to her dismay.

Still, she had a reason for every action. My mother dispensed practical tips for life and I practised them till today. It was a motherly kind of wisdom honed without any tutorial, guide or rulebook. Afterall, she belonged to a generation who believed that hard work was everything. If she could do something herself, you bet that she would.

In those days, knowledge was passed on from one person to another. And as best as I can remember, these were her lessons:

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