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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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World mourns giant of African literature
2013-03-25

 

UFS joins the world in commiserating the passing of the novelist, poet and literary critic, Chinua Achebe.
Photo credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University
25 March 2013

The staff and students of the University of the Free State (UFS) are saddened by the passing of Chinua Achebe on 21 March 2013 at the age of 82 in Boston in the United States.

Prof Achebe is widely regarded as one of Africa's greatest authors, gaining world-wide acclaim especially for his 1954 novel, Things Fall Apart. Prof Achebe’s other major works include Arrow of God, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, as well as his famous critique of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, namely An image of Africa: racism in Conrad's "Heart of darkness."

Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the UFS, said he was privileged to attend three lectures by Achebe. "A giant in African literature has fallen. Go softly, Chinua Achebe. As a young student, I still remember sitting in awe of your wisdom and insight," he said.

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