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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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Memorializing Mandela after 'Rhodes must fall'
2015-08-24

Prof Grant Parker, Associate Professor of Classics and Co-Director of the Centre for African Studies at Stanford University, USA, will present a public lecture on the Bloemfontein Campus. His lecture will explore the topic of ‘Memorializing Mandela after Rhodes Must Fall’.

Details of the event:
Date: Thursday 27 August 2015
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Place: Albert Wessels Auditorium, Bloemfontein Campus
RSVP: Joan.nel@ufs.ac.za on or before Wednesday 26 August 2015

The late President Nelson Mandela has been the subject of many public monuments, in South Africa and beyond. This talk offers an overview and critique of the Mandela statues. What chance do they have of effective memorialization, especially in light of the recent controversy over colonial and apartheid-era statues? Detailed consideration of some of the Mandela statues may show the way for public histories of the former president.

The event is hosted by Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen.

 

 

 

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