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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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International scholar talks about the right to food in South Africa
2012-06-06

 

Prof. Frans Swanepoel, Senior Director Research Development; Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr; and Prof. Melanie Walker.
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06 June 2012

Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr of the New School University, New York, in the United States of America, recently presented a seminar on the Bloemfontein Campus. The seminar was hosted by Prof. Melanie Walker, Senior Professor and SARChI-nominated candidate for Higher Education and Human Development.

Prof. Fukuda-Parr, currently Head of the Graduate Programme in International Affairs at the New School University, spoke about the Right to Food in SA. She explored the relationship between two approaches – human rights and capabilities (or human development). This was done to enhance the understanding of both as theoretical paradigms, as public policy frameworks and as approaches to development.

Prof. Fukuda-Parr is a Japanese national, a graduate from Cambridge University in the UK and a former professor at Harvard University in the USA. From 1995 to 2004, she was main author and Director of the UNDP Human Development Reports.
 
In addition to these reports, some of her publications include: The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development; Readings in Human Development; Rethinking Technical Cooperation - Reforms for capacity building in Africa; Capacity for Development - Old Problems, New Solutions and numerous papers and book chapters on issues of poverty, violent conflict, gender, human rights and technology. She was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to the Committee on Development Policy.

 

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