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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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The overall winner of the national Sêr is Veritas!
2015-09-01



Veritas
Photo: Johan Roux

Walking away with the top prize of R10 000 and bragging rights, the 2015 national Sêr champions were none other than Veritas. Hosted by Stellenbosch University, the biggest university music competition, the 2015 ATKV University Serenade Competition, was held on 28 August 2015. Sêr finalists from various universities in the country converged to witness the moment when the best a cappella group emerged with the crown.

Marjolein
Photo: Johan Roux

This is the fifth time that the residence is in the musical excellence spotlight. Veritas made its debut as national champions in 1997, and have proved adamant to expand their trophy collection as the 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2015 title holders.

Earlier in the month, Veritas had battled it out against Vishuis and Armentum at the university Kleinsêr for the privilege of representing the university nationally. Veritas has done the university proud at the nationals by triumphing once again over the hosts, Sonop, and Pieke from the University of Pretoria in the Best Self composed and Best Prescribed song categories.

Marjolein, the ladies’ title holders at the UFS, took second place in the ladies’ category. Although it was a tough competition, Marjolein still walked away with titles for Best Self Composition and Best Prescribed Songs.

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