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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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Alumnus winner of national business plan competition
2009-02-20

 
Mr Johan Eksteen, an alumnus of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) School of Management, was the prize winner of the Manufacturing category of the Enablis FNB Launchpad Business Plan Competition recently. With more than 6 000 entries in 10 different categories, the competition was the biggest business plan competition in Africa to date. Mr Eksteen holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Agriculture and an MBA (Cum Laude) of UFS. His business, Agricultural Technologies, aims to extend the concept of waste pelleting by compacting these materials to create renewable sources of energy and allow for better handling of a previously problematic product. Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, he also lectures in the BML programme at the university’s School of Management. Here he is with Mr Mondli Makhanya, Editor of the Sunday Times.
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