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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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Establishment of a chair in agricultural development

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) received an amount of R300 000 from the Land Bank for the establishment of a chair in agricultural development.  The funds will be used to disseminate agricultural information at a national and provincial level for the establishment of a training unit for small-scale farmers and to support these farmers in the commercialisation of their operations.

During the handing over of the cheque were, from the left, standing:  Prof Neil Heideman (Vice-Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS) and Mr Eddie Lock (Head of sales at the Land Bank Bloemfontein).  Seated are from the left:  Prof Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS) and Mr Keith Clowes (Area Manager:  Land Bank Bloemfontein). Photo: Lacea Loader

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