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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 universities, funding agencies and foreign missions exhibit at Study Abroad Fair
2013-04-18

18 April 2013

Representatives from more than ten international partner universities will take part in a Study Abroad Fair to be hosted on our Bloemfontein Campus on Tuesday 23 April 2013. They will be joined by representatives of international funding agencies and foreign missions who will give information on funding opportunities to study abroad.  The fair is hosted by the Office for International Affairs.

Ms Sulet du Plessis, senior officer in the Office for International Affairs, says the primary objective of the fair is to create a platform where the university community can highlight international academic mobility opportunities. It also gives opportunity to establish networks with international partners and highlight available funding opportunities.

Below is a list of exhibitors that will take part in the Study Abroad Fair.

The fair will be opened by Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector and Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations.

Venue: Centenary Complex
Time 09:00 - 15:00

List of Exhibitors

1. Funding Agencies

Embassy of USA
Embassy of France
Embassy of The Republic of Azerbaijan
European Union
Embassy of Canada
National Research Foundation (NRF)
Embassy of Switzerland
Embassy of Indonesia
Czech Republic Embassy
Research Africa
British Council

2. Partner Universities Abroad

Mahasarakham University (Thailand)
Appalachian State University (USA)
University of Brussels
Radboud University Nijmegen
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
University of Bremen
VU University Amsterdam
University of Groningen
University of Antwerp
University of Leuven
Jönköping University

3. UFS Representation

Postgraduate School (UFS)
Office for International Affairs (UFS)
Faculty of Education (UFS)
Department of Plant Sciences (UFS)
Department of Social Work (UFS)
 

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