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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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Unique opportunities for staff and students to study abroad
2014-02-27

The Office for International Affairs held three  information sessions at the UFS Bloemfontein Campus. The Erasmus Mundus EU-Saturn scholarship and the EUROSA programme offer postgraduate students and staff a unique opportunity to study abroad. These include fully-funded master’s, PhD and staff exchange/training programmes across various academic disciplines, ranging from one to twenty-two months in length.

A visiting team from Belgium took more than 25 UFS students and staff who attended the session through an interactive demonstration of the online application process. Participants also engaged with alumni who shared their experiences at universities in the Netherlands and Italy where they studied in the 2013 academic year.

For more information on the programmes, please visit www.eusaturn.eu and www.eurosa.be or contact Sulet du Plessis at the Office for International Affairs on +27(0)51 401 3397 or email duplessiss@ufs.ac.za.

 

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