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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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UFS Statement regarding incorrect issuing of application acknowledgement letters for the 2015 academic year in 2017
2017-07-07

The University of the Free State, through the Office of Student Academic Services, is investigating a communication error that resulted in a number of students receiving application acknowledgement letters for the 2015 academic year via email from the university in 2017. 

An error occurred in the internal electronic letter mailing system, which resulted in letters being mailed that were set on 2015 parameters instead of 2017. This resulted in 31 000 communications being assigned to 19 123 applicants who applied in 2015 and already received acknowledgment letters.

The university pledges to correct this communication error by sending apologies to the affected students via SMS, as well as responding to any enquiries relating to this matter in a timely manner.

The university sincerely apologises to students and families who are affected, and will take strict measures to ensure that this error does not occur again.

For further enquiries, please contact: +27 51 401 9666 or email: studentadmin@ufs.ac.za.


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