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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 extends exchange agreement with USA university
2008-08-13

 

A delegation from the University of the Free State's (UFS) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences recently visited the Virginia Tech University (VT) in the United States of America (USA) to confirm and extend the existing student exchange agreements between the two institutions. During the visit the agreement, which started in 1997, was extended for the next five years. More than 150 students from both institutions have already taken part in this exchange agreement and it is the most successful student exchange agreement that VT is involved in. Although agricultural students from the UFS initially took part in the agreement, it was extended to other departments in the faculty and also to the rest of the UFS. Signing the agreement are Dr Sharron Quisenberry, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at VT and Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS.
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