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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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Meat Imbizo

The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented a Meat Imbizo to discuss the challenges facing the industry and identify possible areas of collaboration.


Attending the Imbizo were from the left Mr Dave Ford (South African Feedlot Association (SAFA)); Mr Aggrey Mahanjana (National Emergent Red Meat Producer Organisation (NERMPO)); Mr Mogala Mamabolo (Department of Agriculture in Pretoria); Prof André Jooste (Head: UFS Department of Agricultural Economics) and Mr Harry Prinsloo (National Wool Growers Association (NWGA)).

Attending the Imbizo were from the left Prof André Jooste (Head: UFS Department of Agricultural Economics); Prof Kobus Laubscher (UFS Department of Agricultural Economics and facilitator of the Imbizo);  Me Maliga Moodley (Department of Agriculture in Pretoria) and Mr Lulu de Jager (Free State Agriculture).

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