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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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Electing new student leaders


 23 August 2013


Voting for the 2013/14 Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Bloemfontein Campus is taking place on 26 and 27 August 2013. Students are allowed to vote from 07:00 until 21:00 on these days.

Students may vote at any of the following voting stations:

The Red Square
Heath Sciences Cafeteria
Stabilus Building
Sasol Library
Student Centre
Flippie Groenewoud Building
Agriculture Building
Taxi Rank
George du Toit Administration Building
All residences

Please note that all students must present their valid student cards at the voting station in order to vote.

The new SRC members will be announced at a mass meeting on Friday 30 August 2013.

Voting for the Qwaqwa Campus took place on Friday 23 August 2013 and its new SRC members will be announced on Tuesday 27 August 2013.

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