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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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Department of Communication Science tour to Asia
2013-09-10

The group of Communication Science students who will be heading to Singapore soon.
10 September 2013
Photo: Linda Fekisi

A group of 18 students from the Department of Communication Science will be leaving the African continent soon for a tour to Asia. The students, who will share this experience with some of their lecturers, will be visiting Thailand and Singapore.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will be the first pit stop. The tour will not only be fun and leisure, however, as the students will be attending classes at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Mrs Van der Walt, a lecturer in the Department of Communication Science, will be among the lecturers who will accompany the students. She believes that tours of this nature are important, because people who are in the communication and media industry should not live in a South African box. “They need to think internationally because we are competing internationally,” she adds. 


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