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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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Stagedoor provides jolly music theatre
2013-03-16

 

The first-year groups of Veritas and Soetdoring were named best male and female residences for Stagedoor 2013.
Photo: Johan Roux
16 March 2013


The first-year groups of House Soetdoring and House Veritas were announced as this year’s Stagedoor winners. Soetdoring and Veritas beat seventeen other campus and city residences to be crowned as the best male and female residences in this music-theatre competition.

With residence honour at stake, nineteen residences started out in the competition, which is one of the highlights on the UFS’ art and culture calendar. Following rotations at the various residences, thirteen residences advanced to the final rounds.

In a crowded Kovsie Church, superheroes, domestic workers, nuns and traffic officers shared a stage in the finals to join in the theme ‘LIKE A BOSS.’ At the end there were only two winners: Soetdoring and Veritas.

House Marjolein was named runner-up in the female category, followed by House NJ van der Merwe. House Villa Bravado was the runner-up in the male category, followed by House JBM Hertzog.

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