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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 student shows what a business plan should look like
2012-04-25

 

Zandile Mabizela and Dr Johan Coetzee
Photo: Leatitia Pienaar
24 April 2012

A business plan presented by Zandile Mabizela, a B.Com. Honours student in Financial Economics and Investment Management at the University of the Free State (UFS), was placed second in a competition of the Junior Chamber International (JCI).

The JCI is a worldwide non-political and non-sectarian youth service organisation with the aim and purpose of creating positive changes in the world.

In the JCI SA Best Business Plan Competition ten finalists gave presentations at the Anglo American Head Offices and the Mag+ Business Plan that Zandile presented was placed second overall at an awards ceremony in Sandton.

Her lecturer, Dr Johan Coetzee, says the remarkable feature of this achievement is that the proposal made by Zandile was the only business concept by a student among the top five. The remaining finalists are all operational businesses that are managed by entrepreneurs in the field.

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