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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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Businessmen based in Gauteng visited Campus

A group of prominent businessmen based in Gauteng visited the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) as part of a project to build relationships and to introduce them to the UFS. 

At the back from the left are Mr Vuyo Jack (chief executive officer and founder of Empowerdex), Dr Ezekiel Moraka (Vice-Rector: Student Affairs at the UFS), Mr Mavuso Msimang (chief executive officer of the  State Information Technology Agency (SITA)), and Mr Peter Malungani (chairman of PEU Investments). In front are Prof Magda Fourie (Vice-Rector: Academic Planning at the UFS), Mr Moss Mashishi (chairman of Matemuku Investments), Prof Frederick Fourie (Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS), Mr Moses Kgosana (chairman of KPMG) and Mr Quentin Eister (chief executive officer of Interstate Bus Lines and chairman of the Black Management Forum in the Free State). 

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