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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 and Information helped with project
2006-05-15

Third-year students studying integrated marketing communication at the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Communication and Information Studies recently completed a practical project called  “Battle of the Creatives” together with OFM and Altech AutoPage. The students worked with marketing agencies from Bloemfontein and had to formulate a new marketing strategy for Altech AutoPage. The winning group's campaign will be implemented in July and August 2006 by Altech AutoPage in Bloemfontein.  If the expected results are achieved, the campaign will be rolled out nationally.  The project will in future be presented annually to give students the opportunity to obtain practical experience.

The winning group of students are from the left Ms Katia Bouwer (Mighty K marketing agency), Ms Diana Ambrosio, Ms Carmen van Heerden and Mr Gerben van Niekerk.
At the back from the left are Ms Andrea Scheckle, Mr Nico van der Westhuizen, Ms Bianca Vorster, Mr Frans Claassen, Ms Riëtte Coetzer and Mr Abrie Barker.

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