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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 contribution awarded


From left are Mr Jaco Potgieter, vise-chairperson of the ATKV Bloemfontein branch, Mr Kobus van der Linde and Prof. Frederick Fourie.

The UFS presented a special centenary breakfast with the focus on a variety of campus art. Mr Kobus van der Linde, chairman of the ATKV Bloemfontein branch handed a plaque to the Rector, Prof. Frederick Fourie. The plaque is awarded to the UFS for its contribution as tertiary institution over the past 100 years.

To the breakfast were added discussions on campus architecture, song items, music and comical resitations by respectively Mr Kobus du Preez, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the UFS, Mr Thabo Hlongwane, a singer, Music Incorporated, Anneri Wessels and Alta Kriel, both Kovsie alumni and involved in drama part-time.


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