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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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Nominations for Kovsie Alumni Awards now open
2008-10-24

It is time once again to nominate candidates for the University of the Free State’s (UFS) three Kovsie Alumni Awards made annually.

Nominations can be made for the Kovsie Alumnus of the Year Award, Cum Laude Award and the Alumni Award for Exceptional Service to the UFS. The Kovsie Alumnus of the Year Award honors the outstanding achievements of a Kovsie Alumnus on national or international level. The person must still be in life. The Cum Laude Award is occasionally bestowed on an alumnus for outstanding service or achievement on regional, national or international level in his/her field of work. The Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the UFS is occasionally made to any person (not necessarily an alumnus) who delivered exceptional service to the university.

Nominations should contain the following:

  • Any alumnus can submit a written nomination for the above-mentioned awards.
  • At least five alumni seconders must support the nomination.
  • A comprehensive motivation and a brief Curriculum Vita of the candidate must accompany the nomination.
  • The candidate’s complete address and telephone number must also be provided.

Nominations can be submitted to Ms Annanda Calitz or Mr Lucas Radebe, Alumni Awards, PO Box 2319, Bloemfontein, 9300. Nominations may also be faxed to 086 523 5108 of send via e-mail to ficka.stg@ufs.ac.za  or radebesl.stg@ufs.ac.za . The closing date for submission of nominations is 20 of November 2008.

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za  
24 October 2008
 

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