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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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Kovsie-Alumni Trust awards bursaries to the top matriculants

Every year, the Kovsie-Alumni Trust of the University of the Free State (UFS) awards bursaries to the top matriculants from each province who study at the UFS.  The top matriculants in the Free State and Northern Cape are studying at the UFS this year.  

At the awarding of the bursaries were from the left Ms Liné Morrison (top matriculant in the Free State in 2005), Ms Frances Hoexter (Chairperson of the Kovsie-Alumni Trust) and Ms Liesl-Barbara Muller (top matriculant in the Northern Cape in 2005).  Me Morrison matriculated from the Secondary School Witteberg in Bethlehem and studies B Sc (Physiotherapy).  Ms Muller is a MB Ch B student who matriculated from the Secondary School Diamantveld in Kimberley.

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