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Emotional safety during examinations

Mid-year exams have begun and with crunch time comes emotional upheaval. However, it is manageable and should not deter you from the end-goal of succeeding in your studies while maintaining high mental health standards.

“The exam period is a time when stress and anxiety levels are higher than usual. Stress can be positive and help you stay motivated and focused. However, too much stress can be unhelpful and can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy,” says Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director of Student Counselling and Development at the University of the Free State (UFS).

According to Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health, “Mental and emotional health is about being happy, self-confident, self-aware, and resilient. People who are mentally healthy are able to cope with life’s challenges and recover from setbacks. But mental and emotional health requires knowledge, understanding, and effort to maintain. If your mental health isn’t as solid as you’d like it to be, here’s the good news: there are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.”

For further details on topics including: Building Better Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence Toolkit, Benefits of Mindfulness, Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultivating Happiness, visit the Help Guide. 

Dr Barnaschone has a few tips on how Kovsies can better approach academic anxiety during the examination period. Here is what she has to say:

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Meet our new #KovsieCyberSta’s
2017-05-23

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Amu Mathebula and Thuli Molebalwa are the new
ambassadors of the UFS digital platforms, and are
known as #KovsieCyberSta’s.
Photo: Johan Roux

Our new #KovsieCyberSta's have been announced, and we are delighted to introduce them to the Kovsie community.

Amu Mathebula and Thuli Molebalwa have been chosen by our students as the new #KovsieCyberSta’s, the official brand ambassadors for the University of the Free State’s (UFS) digital platforms.

The energetic duo had their first shoot on Saturday 13 May at the Open Day on the Bloemfontein Campus, and their video is available on the UFS Facebook page.

More about our ambassadors

Amu, a third-year Communication Science student from Krugersdorp in Gauteng, is an extroverted production manager at KovsieTV. “I am an extroverted soul who loves being an MC, is a lover of food, and any place that has water,” she said.

Thuli, a second-year Governance and Political Transformation student and former RC Academic at House Villa Bravado, loves meaningful conversations and is always game for sports. He also serves on the South College Council.

We look forward to journey with them and would also like to wish them the best of luck for their term as UFS brand ambassadors.

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