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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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Sorghum breeder from Texas visited UFS
2005-05-24

The Plant Pathology Division of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) was recently visited by Prof Gary Peterson, a sorghum breeder from Texas A&M University. Prof Peterson is also Southern African regional coordinator for the International Sorghum and Millets Collaborative Research Support Program (INTSORMIL). The aim of his visit was to investigate the possibility of adding to the compliment of INTSORMIL-supported students at the UFS by funding a sorghum breeder at PhD level at the Centre for Plant Health Management in the Department of Plant Sciences.

From left:  Profs Neal McLaren from the Plant Pathology Division at the UFS; Wijnand Swart, Chairperson:  Centre for Plant Health Management at the UFS and Gary Peterson

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