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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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Alumni get together on Bloemfontein Campus

At the Kovsie Alumni Trust’s Prestige Evening were, from the left: Mr Gerhard van Rhyn, Deputy Director: Marketing at the UFS; Anton Botha, Chairperson of the Kovsie Alumni Trust; Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director of Senwes; Prof. Hendri Kroukamp, Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences; and Justice Ian van der Merwe, Chairperson of the UFS Council.
Photo: Dries Myburgh
22 August 2012


Kovsie alumni from around the country came together for the Kovsie Alumni Trust’s Prestige Evening at the Bloemfontein Campus recently. At the event donors were thanked for their contributions to the university. Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director of Senwes and also a former Kovsie, was the guest speaker. Strydom shared strategic processes at his company with guests and also talked about his relationship with the university. He praised the university for what’s happening at the institution and committed to broaden cooperation with his alma mater to the advantage of the community.

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