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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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Open day a hit with prospective students

The University of the Free State (UFS) held an Open Day on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this week to give prospective students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the university. The two day event included exhibitions by all the faculties, support services, residences as well as various corporate institutions. Visitors were also taken on a campus tour and treated to a variety of fun activities. The event attracted a large number of pupils from different schools across the Free State province. Among them were, from the left: Setjhele Tamane (Monyakeng High, Wesselsbron), Evelyn Mothabe (Rearabetswe High, Odendaalsrus), Yvonne Masike (Rearabetswe High) and Moeane Reuben Phafane (Monyakeng High).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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