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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 to honour two of Celtic’s founder members
2011-04-20

At the lunch were, from the left: Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations (acting); Mr Norman Mathobisa and Mr Victor Mahatanya, both founder members of the Bloemfontein Celtic Soccer Club; and Mr Billy-Boy Ramahlele, Director: Community Engagement at the UFS.

In this year, the University of the Free State (UFS) will recognise two of the founder members of the Celtics Soccer Club in Bloemfontein, Mr Norman Mathobisa and Mr Victor Mahatanya, for establishing one of the greatest soccer clubs in South Africa.

 

The Vice-Rector: External Relations (acting) at the UFS, Dr Choice Makhetha, and Mr Billyboy Ramahlele, Director: Community Engagement, recently had lunch with Mr Mathobisa and Mr Mahatanya. “As the university has a partnership with the Celtics Soccer Club, we would like to make an effort to get to know the founder members of this club better,” said Dr Makhetha.

 

At the lunch meeting Mr Mathobisa and Mr Mahatanya shared their experiences and other involvement in sport in the Free State over their lifetime.

 

Mr Norman Mathebula also serves on the Mangaung University Community Partnership Project (MUCPP) Committee who is working in partnership with Standard Bank in giving loans to SMME businesses.

 

Mr Mickey Gordon, Head: Corporate Affairs, Institutional Advancement and Sport at the UFS, is managing the working relationship with the Celtics Soccer Club. In terms of this agreement the soccer club, will amongst others, support Kovsie soccer players with skills development and hey will also conduct talent scouting.

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