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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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American diplomats to visit Bloemfontein Campus
2012-04-10

 

US Presidential Elections in the spotlight.

10 April 2012

Two senior diplomats from the American Embassy in Pretoria will visit the Bloemfontein Campus on 19 April 2012 to discuss the upcoming US presidential elections. They will participate in a seminar hosted by the Department of Political Studies and Governance.

Dr Dale Lawton, the Foreign Service Officer in the Political Section at the US Embassy, and Ms Laura Santini, the Deputy Press Officer at the embassy, will lead discussions about the elections that take place in November in America.

Ms Santini will talk about media coverage of the US elections and Dr Lawton’s talk will deal with democracy in action: electing the US President.

The discussions start at 09:30 in EDU 15 in the new Education Building.

For more information please contact Prof. Hussein Solomon on +27(0)51 401 9454 or SolomonH@ufs.ac.za.

 


 

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