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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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UFS experimental farm gets ultra modern tractor
2006-12-04

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently acquired a McCormick MC 115 tractor equipped with the latest technology. This was made possible by a sponsorship of R100 000 by BUO Agri in Bultfontein, who serve as agents for McCormick. At the moment about 300ha soil is being used for the cultivation of mealies and wheat, which are used as basis for the feed of cows on the Paradys Experimental Farm. The cultivars will in future also be used by postgraduate students for experiments. The farm will also in the future conduct experiments with seeds for seed companies. Attending the delivery of the tractor were, from the left: Mr Danie Nortjé (National Service and Product Manager of McCormich SA), Prof Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean of the UFS Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences), Mr Ian Bothma (M Sc-student at the UFS) and Mr Jan Jacobs (Sales Agent of McCormich SA).

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